The Struggles of Understanding the Tarot Court
One of the hardest aspects of Tarot, for most readers, is the Tarot Court. The main reason, as I see it, for this confusion is the many ways a Tarot Court card can be interpreted.
A Court card can represent a person, an aspect of the reader, a trait needed in the situation, and even events. The Page is known as a messenger and may possibly be the arrival of a message. So, how can you possibly know which way to interpret the appearance of a Court card in a reading?
The correct answer to this question is with practice and intuition. That doesn't really help the beginner reader, now does it?
My answer for the beginner is to keep it as simple as possible.
One of the first things I suggest to a beginner is to form their own keywords for each Tarot card. Knowledge evolves over time and practice, but there must be a starting point.
Don’t get stuck referring back to manuals where there may be a whole page worth of possible interpretations. There’s no harm in investigating these and even adding to your own keyword sheet. But, if you start doing this with every reading, you will get sucked in and will have trouble building your confidence of reading with your own intuition.
When working on your keywords for the Tarot Court, you may consider some of the following tips –
- Age – Suggested ages: Page (birth to 20), Knight (20-30), Queen (over 30), and King (over 30). These ages, however, could show up as personality traits. Such as: Bobby may be 30 years old, but he continues to act as a child.
- Character Traits – Determine a few traits per Court card which distinguish it from the rest of the crowd. For example: While the Page of Wands may be optimistic, encouraging, inspiring, and outgoing, the Page of Pentacles may be quiet, reflective, willing to learn, and an introvert. But remember, we all have revolving character traits so one may be the Queen of Cups one day, and the Queen of Swords the next.
- Try giving each Court card a Title, such as: The Page of Wands may be the Cheerleader, while the Page of Pentacles is the Student.
- Designate alternative interpretations for the cards, if you like, but keep it simple and stick with it. In some readings, the Court card may show up in a position where interpreting it as a person or character trait just won’t work. Here are some suggestions:
- Pages – messages or beginnings of a new situation
- Knights – energies, changing events, movement
- Queen – a new level of awareness
- King – public recognition
Here’s an example of what one of your Court card keyword list may look like:
Queen of Swords – characteristics: independent, strong, cool, stands alone – the fighter (life has dealt blows, yet courage keeps this woman tall); Awareness – I've got this all by myself.
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