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Tarot Court Cards

Posted on 28 December, 2019 at 14:10

Opinion: let's talk Court cards, as questions arise regularly about them. I want to share my approach, which is somewhat unusual and non-traditional. As always, these approaches work for my readings, but may not work for you.


Let's get some of my assumptions out the way first. All my readings are for reflection and insight and not for divination. So, it isn't surprising that I do not see the Court cards as representing people in the seeker's life. Rather I treat them as exemplars of what the suits have to offer. I see all Court cards bringing positive messages of skill, energy and kindness to readings within their areas of influence, such as feelings for Cups or ambitions for Wands. Don't get me wrong the cards also come with warnings.


I see the differences among the cards are a combination of maturity and experience playing out through the suits. I shall refer to the cards as people to keep the language simple, but I do not see them that way. And, again, remember the Court cards are addressing one aspect of life (feelings or ideas or desires or physical aspects) rather representing whole people (who are far more complex than that).


Pages are the least mature, even though they have considerable innate capability. The Pages learn through open-minded trial and error (as young people often do), and may appear 'fickle' at times. So their behaviour is risky, as there is little appreciation of the real danger. You could imagine The Fool as a kindred spirit. So a very charming and warm Page of Cups will jump in and out of emotional experiences without any sense of malice. Or a sharp-minded and forthright Page of Swords will explore multiple ideas with little commitment to any one, at least initially. I would use these situations to prompt reflective questions for the seeker.


Knights represent more experience, and they explore their abilities and limits through deliberate experimentation. This will often involve genuine risk-taking, where the dangers are known ahead of time (unlike those of the Pages). I often see determination, as they build their skills. The warning is being overly ‘single-minded’. A grounded, steadfast Knight of Pentacles could pursue a particular material interest single-mindedly, such as share trading or gym membership, to see what can be achieved. Just don't get in the way.


Queens and Kings are the experienced cards that utilise their skills to shape their worlds for the better. The Queens make changes through influence and personal strength. The warning here is ‘overbearing’. An astute Queen of Swords is very persuasive and convincing in arguments to achieve her aims. However be prepared for tongue lashing if you are seen as blocking the way. By contrast Kings work through command and leadership to make change. Again in excess it might be ‘oppressive’. So, a steadfast, grounded King of Pentacles will establish systems and reporting mechanisms and even micromanage expenditures to control home finances, as an example. A King of Cups, who is probably very charming and seductive in approach, will seek to control emotional relationships in very explicit ways through rules of behaviour.


I hope this is of interest.

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