DESCRIPTION OF EACH TYPE OF COURT CARD
|The information presented here is a compilation of reasearch
across the years. It is impossible to note all associations of the court cards.
Its only presented some common ones. The zodiac and "role"
associations are from Jame Wanless' book "New Age Tarot: A Workbook and Glossary of
Symbols". I highly recommend this book for any collection. If you would
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DESCRIPTION OF EACH TYPE OF COURT CARD
Pages signal the need to look at a matter - to study
it, to be open to "messages" or a new ways and ideas. They act as catalysts for
change, indicating an opportunity present. They take risks and are open to new
possibilities. They indicate an actual child or your own "inner" child - naive
and innocent, learning. Sometimes they come into your life as messengers.
Knights act on, are involved in, and committed to the things
indicated by their suit. They represent pure energy and often show where you are putting
your energies. Focused but active, they display purpose, courage, and courtly attitude.
They are sometimes headstrong, rash, thoughtless, and self-centered. For women, knights
often represent an animus figure, especially a romantic one. They represent your need to
challenge something or go adventuring yourself. They can indicate travel.
Queens represent the inner and personal, rather than worldly,
control. They have the ability to nurture and develop things indicated by the suit. They
represent mothers and mothering, habits and cultural integration. They administer and
channel the power. They rule from the heart. "She" can be the inner self in a
man, or the sense of self in a women.
Kings show mastery, ability, and authority in the field represented
by the suit. They represent experience, power, authority, status. Secure but rigid,
limited by the rules they have established. Court Cards often signify both yourself and
another in a reading. The King can be a boss, your father or some other authority figure.
"He" can also represent the animosity in a women, or a sense of serf in a man.
The Page of Pentacles
The Princess of Echoing Hills;
The Rose of the Palace of Earth
Elemental Name: Earth of Earth
Dignified: A thrifty and conscientious person. A preserving scholar.
Gracious, careful and kind.
Ill-Dignified: A wasteful and prodigal person, over-meticulous in
small things. Depending upon other cards: unfavorable news regarding financial matters.
The Knight of Pentacles
The Lord of the Wild and Fertile Land;
The King of the Spirits of the Earth
Elemental Name: Fire of Earth
Role: The Healer
Dignified: A practical person of conventional virtues or views.
Patient, hardworking, and clever with material things, but rather slow, and inclined to
lack awareness of feelings of others.
Ill-Dignified: An avaricious and grasping person, complacent and
rather timid. Depending upon other cards: monetary affairs at a standstill or break-even.
The Queen of Pentacles
The Queen of the Thrones of Earth
Elemental Name: Water of Earth
Role: The Succeeder
Dignified: A shrewd, sensible and down-to-earth women, but loving
spendour and personal display.
Ill-dignified: A changeable women, narrow in outlook and suspicious
of what she does not understand. Grasping and careful and yet a spendthrift in matters
that concern her.
The King of Pentacles
The Prince of the Chariot of Earth
Elemental Name: Air of Earth
Role: The Healer
Dignified: A steady, methodical and reliable man, loyal, trustworthy and patient, but slow
to think and act. Depending on other cards: increase of wealth, establishment in a
profession or large corporate entities
Ill-Dignified: A dull and materialistic person. An obstinate,
heavy-handed and sometimes tyrannical person.
WAND COURT CARDS
The Page of Wands
The Princess of the Shining Flame;
The Rose of the Palace of Fire
Elemental Name: Earth of Fire
Dignified: A resourceful and ambitious person who has great
enthusiasm and vigor. A person who is quick to respond emotionally; either with love or
anger. Depending upon surrounding cards: (i.e., the Eight of Wands) a messenger bringing
exciting and stimulation news.
Ill-Dignified: A domineering and superficial person who wants to
achieve much by the shortest possible route and so can be untrustworthy and deceitful.
Depending on surrounding cards: a bearer of bad or disappointing news.
The Knight of Wands
The Lord of Flame and Lightning;
The King of the Spirits of Fire
Element Name: Fire of Fire
Role: The Revolutionary
Dignified: An unpredictable or impetuous person, who is swift to act
and enjoys action. Depending on surrounding cards, this card may signify sudden
departures, hasty decisions, or change of residence.
Ill-Dignified: A narrow minded and contentious person, a bigot, and
a lover of discord for its sake. Depending on surrounding cards: journeys delayed, a
The Queen of Wands
The Queen of the Thrones of Fire
Elemental Name: Water of Fire
Role: The Seer
Dignified: A generous women, practical and kind, and capable of
independent thought and action, but home loving. A country-women. Depending on surrounding
cards, the success of a venture.
Ill-Dignified: A jealous and domineering women, obstinate and
tending to imagine wrongs. A women who allows her loved ones no independence or resorts to
The King of Wands
The Prince of the Chariot of Fire
Elemental Name: Air of Fire
Role: The Seeker
Dignified: An honest and conscientious person, loyal and generous,
loving traditional ways and family life. A just and enterprising man of authority.
Dependent upon surrounding cards, a mediator, or arbitrator.
Ill-Dignified: An autocratic and in intolerant person, prejudiced,
ruthless and lacking in thc feeling of others.
The Page of Cups
The Princess of the Waters;
The Lotus of the Palace of Floods
Elemental Name: Earth of Water
Dignified: A quiet, reflective and artistic person, gentle and kind,
but dreamy at times. Dependent upon other cards: a messenger bringing news of a birth,
engagement, or marriage.
Ill-dignified: A selfish and idle person, given to lies and harmful
gossip. Dependent upon other cards: a deception will be uncovered.
The Knight of Cups
The Lord of Waves and the Waters;
The King of the Host of the Sea
Elemental Name: Fire of Water
Role: The High Flyer
Dignified: An amiable and intelligent person, but a dreamer and
easily led or discouraged. Dependent on other cards: propositions, invitations, offers,
Ill-Dignified: An idle person, and a congenital liar. Dependent on
other cards: trickery, embezzlement and fraud.
The Queen of Cups
Queen of the Thrones of the Water
Elemental Name: Water of Water
Role: The Feeler
Dignified: An imaginative, affectionate and gifted women, but
lacking in common sense. Highly intuitive and sometimes psychic, but dreamy and easily
influenced by other people, events, 'atmospheres'.
Ill-Dignified: An unreliable women who cannot be trusted or depended
upon, as her opinions change swiftly and without logical or just reason. A perverse women,
or one inclined to hysteria.
The King of Cups
Prince of the Chariot of the Waves
Elemental Name: Air of Water
Role: The Rebirther
Dignified: A man of business or law. A skilled negotiator, kind,
considerate and responsible, but ambitious. A man of ideas and agility of mind.
Ill-Dignified: A dishonest or unscrupuions man, likely to be double
dealing. A violent and treacherous man.
The Page of Swords
The Princess of the Rushing Winds;
The Lotus of the Palace of Air
Elemental Name: Earth of Air
Dignified: A person of grace, dexterity, and vigilance. Very acute
and subtle, a negotiator. Depending on other cards: a message presaging change.
Ill-Dignified: A devious, frivolous and cunning person, possibly
vindictive and two-faced. Depending on other cards: ill health or unforeseen events
causing changes in pain.
The Knight of Swords
Lord of Winds and Breezes;
King of Spirits of Air
Elemental Name: Fire of Air
Role: The Decider
Dignified: An active, cleaver individual, subtle and skillful, but
inclined to be domineering. Depending on other cards: events moving swiftly into and out
of the Querent' s life, for good or ill.
Ill-Dignified: A deceitful and sly individual, secretive and
belligerent. Depending upon other cards: quarrels.
The Queen of Swords
The Queen of the Throne of Air
Elemental Name: Water of Air
Role: The Crystallizer
Dignified: An intelligent and complex women, highly perceptive and
quick-witted. Often skillful at balancing opposing factious one against another to further
Ill-Dignified: An unreliable women, deceitful and sly. A narrow
minded and intolerant women. A gossip.
The King of Swords
The Prince of the Chariots of the Winds
Elemental Name: Air of Air
Role: The Thinker
Dignified: A rational man with a logical and inventive turn of mind,
but sometimes overcautious and old
fashioned. A man of law and upholder of authority.
Ill-Dignified: An obstinate man of calculating and impersonal
temperament. Sometimes malicious, unjust and cruel.