Even someone who has read tarot as long as I have gets hung up on some stuff. I’m not afraid to admit that at the last psychic fair I read at, I drew a complete blank and had to give the young lady her money back. (It was even more awkward because I then gave a brief and succinct reading to her friend that was with her.) The cards don’t always speak, sometimes the deck is just wrong, and sometimes the issue is just too clouded.
And sometimes the cards are just a pain to read.
I hate court cards.
Kings and Queens are pretty easy. Usually. In most cases they represent people in the querent’s life. But those pages and knights … oh damn those pages and knights. for they are tricksy.
But I have been saved by the expertise of Barbara Moore, who recently presented an explanation of the court cards in a relatively easy to understand manner:
I think that the role represented by the court card is the important information. Focusing on running down a list of personality traits or professions until we hit on someone we recognize is less helpful than figuring out what role the person plays and how to work with that person.
Knowing the role played lets you know how much influence you (or your querent) can have in the situation.
Knowing the suit lets you know how to approach the person for maximum influence. I don’t mean manipulation…I mean communicating effectively.
Oh, and gender in court cards (aside from perhaps outdated symbolic meaning) is meaningless. But you all know that, right?
Roles People Play
The roles played are determined largely by a card’s rank: Page, Knight, Queen, or King. The rank also determines the extent of influence the person has on the situation. For example, the ramifications of the actions of a Page will be very different from that of a King or even a Knight. Rank also indicates how easily you can enlist the support of or change the actions of a person represented by that court card. Again, you are likely to have an easier time talking a Page into doing something than a King.
Moore goes into more detail on the different ranks, and this is highly useful stuff. (Even if she is plugging a book.)
I recommend reading through the whole post.