The Court cards in the Tarot deck are considered by many as the most intriguing among the cards in the deck. The meaning of each tarot court card reflect the personality of the seeker and or the people who influence the seeker and much can be read into the personality and the environment of the seeker by examining court cards.
Court cards in a tarot deck are the cards with the pictures of Kings, Queens, Knights and Pages. Each suite of cards in a tarot deck has a set of court cards. Each set of court cards reflect the seeker and the people that influence the life of the seeker. Different tarot experts through history have given different interpretations to the meaning of each of the court cards, but it is universally agreed that they represent people.
The most simplistic view taken by tarot professionals is that the court cards represent human beings of different ages. The King and Queen represent males and females who are mature or married. The Knight is the symbol of youth between the ages of 18 and 30 and the Pages can be youth or children. Since four court cards are found in each deck, the professional treats them as sixteen individuals, each with a different personality. The seeker's question is put to each of the personalities and the meaning is interpreted from sixteen different points of view. If the seeker has a deeper problem the professional with concentrate and reveal how each personality will deal with the problem and give interpretations based on the meaning of each tarot card that form the court cards.
Each court card is a single character to which can be attributed generalities. In the suite of cups, the King is loving, the Queen is helpful, the Knight is a hopeless romantic and the page is a lazy idealist. In the suite of pentacles, the King represents wealth, the Queen is kind and generous, the Knight is a handsome brooding introvert, and the Page is a happy pleasant soul. In the suite of swords, the King is discriminate and cold, the Queen is malevolent, the Knight is a manger and the Page can be duplicitous. In the suite of wands, the King is dynamic and full of ideas, the Queen is insightful, the Knight is excitable and the Page is an over achiever.
When the reader combines the meaning of each tarot card that forms the court cards, the influence on the seeker’s life will be revealed. Cards facing each other will show positive personality influences, cards facing away will show adverse influences, and reverse court cards show an attribute in the seekers personality that is not yet developed.
Kings = Authority
Masters of: Wealth, Networking, Ambition, Wisdom
The Kings are all very powerful people, and have a vast majority of resources at their fingertips. They know how to get things done, and the right people to put to work for it to be done correctly. Kings represent the masters, the adults you would go to help for as a child, and the ones who continue to aspire and amaze you at the kingdoms they produce.
Look at what surrounds the Kings—you can learn more about who they are by what they possess. The King of Pentacles is swimming in vines and fruits. He is a wealthy and powerful man. The King of Cups sits immersed almost directly in the ocean with a dolphin and ship in the background. He has all the right connections with all the right people. The King of Wands gazes out into the distance. His ego is sheer confidence which gives his charisma all the power he will need to be successful. The King of Swords is surrounded by clouds and the winds. He sits looking right at you, casting judgement with every piece of evidence you give him.
Queens = Maturity
Craftsmanship, Socialite, Culture, Apprenticeship
The Queens are seated on their thrones. Experienced, learned, and facilitative, the Queens will get things done. The Queens are almost like four parts of The Empress card’s personality.
As the Knights grow into full fledged adults, they gain a sense of responsibility and maturity. Everyone has a Queen in them (just as everyone has a King, Knight, or Page within them), it is the caring and extensive portion of our character. The Queens are affiliated with water which means they all have an underlying connection with relationships.
The Queen of Pentacles has become very knowledgeable of the world and knows the way to obtain money. This Queen knows what’s good for body and soul and will encourage a busy and responsible life. The Queen of Cups has gained a great sense of intuition: she knows what is going on before you do. She cares dearly about what you’re going through and how your emotions fair. The Queen of Wands is a strong contrast to the Queen of Cups as she is more self-centered. The Queen of Wands is energetic and is determined, but although she likes attention it doesn’t necessarily mean she is selfish. She can warm anyone’s heart with her radiance. The Queen of Swords pulls is very analytical and introspective. Her perspective may be reduced to black and white, but it allows her to be decisive and come to conclusions much more easily than the other Queens. She is a great educator.
Knights = Action
Logistics, Communication, Religion, Philosophy
The Knights are all mounted on horses. Horses are used to travel and travel means progress. The Knights mean either literal travel from place to place, or represent traveling your life-path. The Knights represent youth, young adults, or being in your prime. They are strong, smart, and sometimes unruly.
Look at the horse’s legs. The Knight of pentacles is standing still, the Knight of Cups has a leg raised, the Knight of Wands is prancing, and the Knight of Swords is in a full gallop. These indicate rate at which time flows, as well as the stability they offer. You can think of these Knights as older versions of the Pages—as they’ve grown up. They have become more adventurous as well as demanding more from the world around them.
Pages = Messages
Vitality, Companionship, Desire, Thought
The Pages are all standing. In ancient times, messengers would run from place to place to deliver messages. The Pages can be seen as childish or child-like egos. The person who is childish can be naive or arrogant, as if they are not ready to carry on in the adult world. The child-like person is one who is meek and submissive. The most important principle to take away from the Pages is their reflection of inexperience—they know very little about their respective subjects and in this respect, are much like the The Fool.
The Page of Pentacles is one who is task oriented. This person may be a bit closed off to others—they keep to themselves. They’re dedicated to their projects/work and are responsible with their money and belongings. The Page of Swords are similar, in that they are introverted in character (inside there is much going on as compared to what they share externally). The Page of Swords, however, has no problem in expressing his thoughts and ideas. His mind might be closed but he has no problem spilling the beans. The Page of Cups and Page of Wands are similar because they both are very expressive. The Cups tend to wear their heart on their sleeve where the Wands are more flamboyant. The Wands need to be number one, and the Cups just want to make sure everyone around them is okay.