Knowing the difference in the meanings between wands, cups, swords and pentacles really helps understand the meanings of the Everyday Tarot (aka Minor Arcana) Tarot cards.
You can sum up this difference in just a few words…
There are other words that can used as well, but these are a great starting point when trying to understand the difference between cards with a similar number.
For example, the Aces represent gifts and can be defined as follows…
Ace of Wands: A heroic action
Ace of Cups: A gift of love
Ace of Swords: A great idea
Ace of Pentacles: Receiving something you value enormously