Court Tarot Card Meanings

Court Tarot Card Meanings
Tarot Card Meanings: Understanding the Court Cards in a Tarot Reading

Court cards have two primary purposes. The first is to depict specific characteristic of the person being read, and the second is to represent the various people in his or her life. Court cards can be an excellent tool for delving into the areas of oneself that need to be improved upon. Their tarot card meanings can illuminate the qualities that are working for you as well the qualities that are working against you.  The same can be said for the various people in ones life.  Differentiating these tarot card meanings can prove to be difficult.  As a tarot reader, you must learn to identify when the cards apply directly to the self (that of the person being read) or to their relationships.

There are a number of techniques used to allocate the various court cards to particular individuals. One approach is to appoint astrological signs to each of the suits. Another is to assign the court cards to individuals according to their age and physical appearance. In this case, pages represent children and adolescents, knights represent young adults (20’s to 40’s) and king and queens represent mature adults. Should you wish to base your interpretations on physical appearances in a tarot reading, you may use the chart below to help establish what suit is associated with what characteristics.

  • Wands – Fair or red hair, fair skin, eyes can be both dark or light
  • Swords – Brown hair, olive skin, blue, hazel or light brown eyes
  • Cups – Light hair, fair skin, gray or blue eyes
  • Pentacles – Dark hair, ethnic skin, dark eyes

When you are doing a tarot reading, sometimes you can not allocate a card to a specific individual nor can you find a relationship to the qualities of the court card with the qualities of the person being read.  In this case, their tarot card meanings may carry a more generalized interpretation. Below, I have listed general outlines for pages, knights, queens and kings. Should all else fail, and I can not make an association; I can count on the cards universal elucidations.

The Pages Tarot Card Meanings in a Tarot Reading

In a tarot card reading, pages are typically the messengers of some form of communication. Because of their youth, there is always a need for more information to make appropriate decisions. Pages are innocent, flexible and often represent new beginnings that require attention and cultivation.

The Knights Tarot Card Meanings in a Tarot Reading

Knights typically reflect the onset of new relationships in your life. In your free tarot reading, a knight may also suggest a deep need for new knowledge on a particular subject. Knights can also represent the consequences of an action. This may be due to their inclination towards hastiness. Knights always predict a movement of some kind.

The Queens Tarot Card Meanings in a Tarot Reading

In a tarot reading, queens rarely represent actual situations. They are more likely to represent the commencement of new understanding and awareness of a situation.  They may suggest a need for a more feminine or passive approach when taking a new direction. They indicate a time for growth and progress.

The Kings Tarot Card Meanings in a Tarot Reading

Kings characteristically represent public relations, public recognition and awards. They are the father figures. With this authority, kings have the opportunity to sit back and let others do the work for them. When kings come up in a tarot reading, their tarot card meanings may reflect a situation where there will be an opportunity for leadership. Kings can also indicate the ending of a situation.

© 2010 All Rights Reserved. Images of individual tarot cards are from the Aquatic Tarot Deck created by Andreas Schröter and are used with his permission. They are for example purposes only.


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