Understanding the significance of the court cards in tarot reading.
Like a regular playing card deck, every tarot deck has four distinct suits. Each suit represents an aspect of someone’s life such as one’s career or personal relationships. Although different tarot decks can have different types of suits, the most common are the Suit of Wands, the Suit of Swords, the Suit of Cups and the Suit of Pentacles. For every suit there is a correlating set of court cards that include pages, knights, queens and kings. For the Suit of Pentacles, for example, there is a Page of Pentacles, a Knight of Pentacles, a Queen of Pentacles, and a King of Pentacles. Although every court card has its own unique meaning, their affiliation to a particular suit also plays a role in their interpretation.
In tarot reading, the court cards have two important functions. The first is to represent the person for whom the reading is being done, while the second is to represent the people that may be influencing their life. How the courts cards are dawn and laid in formation helps the tarot reader explore the areas in someone’s life that may need attention. They can often shed light on an individual’s character and can reveal which personality traits are helpful and which ones are not. They can also reveal similar information about the various people in someone’s life such as their employers, family, friends or co-workers.
Understanding and interpreting the court cards is not always an easy undertaking. A tarot reader must be able to differentiate between whether a tarot card represents an actual person or the personality traits of the individual for whom they are doing the reading. There are, however, some general characteristics that belong to each member of the court regardless of which suit they are associated. These are quite helpful in learning how to interpret and read tarot cards.
Pages or, in some cases, princesses are considered to be young and optimistic. They tend to see the world as an exciting adventure. They can be students, young adults, apprentices and messengers. In tarot reading, pages often represent news or information. They can also represent new ideas or opportunities
Knights are eager and love a good challenge. They are out to conquer the world and develop mastery over their environment. When knights appear in a tarot reading, you can expect a new adventure. If you find yourself in a difficult situation, the appearance of a knight can also represent help or support.
In tarot reading, the queens are considered to be both feminine and mature. Their sense of purpose comes from the diligence to protect and nurture. When a queen appears in a tarot reading, it often represents a female that will offer help, protection and nurturance in a particular area in someone’s life. Queens can also be creative, giving, expressive, sensible and practical. In tarot reading, they can represent the mother archetype or female ideal.
Kings are the leaders and authoritarians. They protect, guide and mentor those around them. A king was once a knight that has completed his mission. From his experiences, he has matured into strong organizer, director and head in command. Kings can represent the father archetype or masculinity. In tarot reading, they can represent someone in authority, a powerful ally or a father figure. In some cases, kings can represent aggression and dominance.