The Court of the Tarot, their Personality. Suit and Element Continued

The court cards are the personalities of the Tarot. All of us contain a bit of each in our own personalities to a greater or lesser degree. It’s not too difficult to spot this in ourselves or others closest to us, but perhaps more difficult to see in others. When we look at others we tend to subconciously see that aspect of them, that court card which they portray to us in the situations that we see them.

In the majority of the readings that I do for myself and others, the court cards demonstrate an aspect of self. In others, they represent a person who displays the characteristics of that particular court card. I have no system to differentiate other than the surrounding cards and the position in the spread in which the court card is laid.

Court cards are a lot of fun. Thinking about their suit, their element and what each court card’s title represents holds a whole lot of scope for pinpointing rich, deep aspects of personality.

The Pages of the court tend to be those young in outlook. Often said to have a fairly receptive and responsive demeanor. Traditionally the pages are bearers of messages, or in the case of the page of pentacles, gifts. Young students, curious and eager to find their place in the world.

The Knights have a youthful vibe. They’re on a quest, out to find something of great value. They have movement and a degree of skill, but can be OTT in the realms of their suit. Requiring finesse and sometimes guidance, they have a pressing need to explore the realms of their suit.

Queens hold and share the knowledge of their suit. They tend to have a wisdom that sets them apart somewhat. Usually self assured with healthy boundaries, they are the personalities that draw out the best in others. Inspiring rather than instructing. Listening before advising and requesting rather than ordering.

Kings also hold knowledge, they share it in a different manner to the Queens. They are directive and demonstrative. They lead by wielding their authority and mastery of their suit. They also tend to sit apart from and slightly above the goings on around them.

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The Suit of Swords

The swords of the Tarot, for me, are the weapons of the mind. They can be used positively in thinking, learning, seeking truths and articulating ideas. They can also be a negative force. The feelings that hold us back. States of mind that cause us, and others, anxiety, fear, hurt, mental overwhelm and depression.

Swords usually correspond to the element of air in Tarot decks that come from a modern western esoteric tradition – Rider Waite Smith derived decks, or Crowley Thoth based decks.

The element of air represents the ethereal, the cerebral, the forces that can’t be seen but which activate what can be massive events and consequences. A small fire can be whipped up into wildfire by air, hurricane force winds can destroy all in their path, wind can be harnessed to create electricity, breath animates words, from a whisper to a scream of terror, gentle breath on a lovers neck arouses passions etc., etc., etc.

Have a look at the court cards of the suit of swords in your favourite Tarot deck, do you see the title, the suit and the element reflected in each?

Can you see each of these as part of your own character in any way? How about in those close to you?

Can you think of someone you know who seems to you to be strongly represented by any of the court cards in the suit of swords? Can you pinpoint why?
The Suit of Cups

The suit of cups represents that which flows into us, within us and from us. It represents emotion and that which we feel from the heart. The gentle artistic temperament, the poet and singer of songs of love found and lost. Grief and shared joy, relationships, contentment and melancholy, deep support and care. The more challenging aspect of the suit of cups is that it can become self absorbed. Inward looking and sometimes yearning for ever more. More love than can be given, more of anything at all to fill an emptiness.

The suit of cups usually corresponds to the element of water in Tarot decks that come from a modern western esoteric tradition – Rider Waite Smith derived decks, or Crowley Thoth based decks.

The element of water flows, is often tidal, can be still and deep or shallow and babbling. It can fall from the sky in torrents, crash into inlets in roiling, violent, spuming frenzy or lap gently at a shore. It sustains us, but can drown us. It nurtures the earth, it can be lacking in drought times or all consuming and destructive in flood. It can be fresh and pure or stagnant and stinking.

Have a look at the court cards of the suit of cups in your favourite Tarot deck, do you see the title, the suit and the element reflected in each?

Can you see each of these as part of your own character in any way? How about in those close to you?

Can you think of someone you know who seems to you to be strongly represented by any of the court cards in the suit of cups? Can you pinpoint why?

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The Suit of Rods

The suit of Rods (or wands, staves, staffs, spears), represents the passion and will. The spiritual connection that drives one forward. It represents the drive to move things forward at a pace. Empowerment and action. It can also present as impetuous, way too quick and impulsive. If passion has no distinct direction it can lead to a hot mess in the blink of an eye.

The suit of rods corresponds to the element of fire in most Tarot decks that come from a modern western esoteric tradition – Rider Waite Smith derived decks, or Crowley Thoth based decks.

Fire warms us, in the case of the sun, it is the spark of life that activates growth. It can burn brightly and usefully for long periods if well controlled and maintained, it can also burn wildly out of control destroying all in its path, eventually burning itself out with nothing but charred remains and ashes to show for its efforts.

Have a look at the court cards of the suit of Rods in your favourite Tarot deck, do you see the title, the suit and the element reflected in each?

Can you see each of these as part of your own character in any way? How about in those close to you?

Can you think of someone you know who seems to you to be strongly represented by any of the court cards in the suit of Rods? Can you pinpoint why?
The Suit of Pentacles

The suit of pentacles (coins, discs), represents that which is manifest. That which has been made, that which allows us to maintain a comfortable, healthy and safe life. It represents our body, the work we do with our hands, our income, our security and that which we do for others to maintain their health, comfort and security.

The suit of pentacles corresponds to the element of earth in most Tarot decks that come from a modern western esoteric tradition – Rider Waite Smith derived decks, or Crowley Thoth based decks.

The element of earth is our grounding and safety. It can take hard physical application to successfully work with the element of earth. Our nourishment comes from the earth in the form of plants and animals that eat plants. We need means to acquire that which comes from the earth that we need, but don’t have. This can be done by effort or by exchange. Earth can be loamy and fertile, heavy and sodden or dry and barren.

Have a look at the court cards of the suit of Pentacles in your favourite Tarot deck, do you see the title, the suit and the element reflected in each?

Can you see each of these as part of your own character in any way? How about in those close to you?

Can you think of someone you know who seems to you to be strongly represented by any of the court cards in the suit of Pentacles? Can you pinpoint why?

In many Tarot decks, the court cards also have directionality, facial expression and objects and symbols around them that you can draw yet more information from. A sense of stasis or speed, seeking or settling, contentment or restlessness.

If you’re astrologically inclined you may like to investigate which sun sign or planet might best represent each card (the court cards do often correspond with sun signs in various esoteric systems, but why not explore for yourself and make up your own mind?).

What fragrances would each court card likely favour? Which foods, modes of transport, sports, hobbies, clothing styles, movies or TV programmes do you envision each member of the court enjoying or hating with a vengance?

The people of the Tarot are a diverse bunch and you may be able to identify management styles, professions, states of mind and more among them.

Have fun with them, let them speak to you, reveal their personalities to you and show you a depth that perhaps you’ve never found in them before.

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2 thoughts on “The Court of the Tarot, their Personality. Suit and Element Continued

  1. Reading this post makes me feel like I rolled up to one of those all-you-can-eat steakhouse buffets. The kind with a chocolate fountain and vats of jello and banana pudding. So much to digest and sample that I end up gorging myself at the trough.

    I have experienced both the Pages and Knights as messages. But it’s how the message is handled that makes the difference. The Page receives the message and internalizes it. The Knight bears the message and delivers it. The Page takes orders. The Knight executes the orders.

    I love how you explain the elements here. Although my reading has become less and less elemental over the years, you have an incredible grasp on the significance of the suits in your reading. Well done.

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    1. Thanks Jesse. I love elemental reading when I’m using the more modern decks with scenic pips. It fills me with Joy and I get all excited and expansive 😁 Knights have a lot going for them. I don’t think I mentioned in here that kind of hopelessly searching and striving aspect that sometimes comes across with them – that air of headless chicken or blue arsed flyness.

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