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Ask Brigit: How to Interpret the Tarot Court Cards

By February 19, 2014 May 2nd, 2018

 

blog-20140219-ask-brigit-how-to-interpret-the-tarot-court-cardsThere's no doubt about it – court cards are the most challenging Tarot cards to understand in the Tarot deck.

What makes them particularly hard is that there are so many different ideas on how to interpret them. Are they a person, a personality, an event or something totally different? And if they are a person, are they the client, a loved one, an acquaintance or someone you don't even know yet?

Today's Ask Brigit question is from Karen – one of just many people who have written to me over the years to ask about these pesky Tarot court cards. She writes:

“I struggle with remembering the characters and personalities of the court cards, especially since they can have alternate meanings if not denoting a person. Can you assist?”

Watch this video to find out my answer.

I'll give you two fun and engaging techniques that you can use to learn and connect with the Tarot court card personalities, helping you to interpret the court cards more confidently.

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After you’ve watched the video, I’d love to hear your own techniques and strategies for interpreting the court cards. Leave your comments below.

Video Transcript:

Hi, I’m Brigit, Founder of Biddy Tarot – the place to be if you’re an aspiring Tarot reader and you want to transform your life and others’ with Tarot.

And this is a special Ask Brigit video post where I answer your questions about the Tarot.

Today’s question is from Karen. She writes:

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“I struggle with remembering the characters and personalities of the court cards, especially since they can have alternate meanings if not denoting a person. Can you assist?”

Karen, you’re not alone! The Court Cards are the hardest Tarot cards to learn. What makes them particularly hard is that there are so many different ideas on how to interpret them. Are they a person, a personality, an event or something totally different? And if they are a person, are they the client, a loved one, an acquaintance or someone you don’t even know yet?

The simplest way to interpret the Court Cards is as the person asking the question – so, the querent or the client. Not someone else – unless the card is drawn in the position that clearly refers to another person.

In addition, the Court cards represent an aspect of one’s personality. So, even if the querent is female and you draw a King, the card is talking more about how she is taking a leadership role and taking on more masculine qualities rather than referring to another person.

So how do you learn the personalities of each court card?

Here are two fun techniques.

Technique #1: Put a face to a name

Lay out all of the Tarot court cards in front of you. Now pick one up and think of someone you know who is just like that card. It might be a friend, family member, colleague, acquaintance, or even a celebrity. Write down a few sentences about that person and how their personality relates to the card.

Work through each Court card until you have 16 real people that you can relate to whenever you see the court cards come up in a reading.

Technique #2: Go speed-dating with the cards

Again, separate your court cards from the rest of the cards. Randomly choose two and put them side-by-side. Now imagine you’re at a speed dating event and these two court cards meet. What would they say to each other? Would there be some chemistry? Write down the conversation, exactly as you imagine it.

Now draw another two cards and create a new conversation. Rinse and repeat.

Soon, you’ll have a sense of not only the personalities of each card but also how the court cards relate with one another.

So Karen, remember to keep it simple and make it real. Interpret court cards as the querent, and engage in fun ways to create real life examples of the court cards’ personalities.

What’s your advice? How do you remember the court cards’ personalities? Leave your comment below.

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