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The Major Cards-
Lesson No1 - Lesson-No-2 The Numbered cards -
- Lesson-No-3 The Court Cards
Learning to Read the Tarot Lesson no 3:: The easy learn the tarot system continues with lesson No3 and the court cards. Your final lesson in mastering the tarot is "Meeting the Family" and learning the meanings of the tarot court cards, the Kings, the Queens, the Knights, the Naves. The court tarot cards usually represent actual people with-in the tarot card spread. If you have learned your lessons 1 + 2 well then you are now on your way to become a competent and hopefully in time a 'gifted' tarot reader – Not that difficult was it?.
Learning to Read the Tarot Lesson no 3: The Court Cards “Meet the Family"
The Court Cards usually (though not always) represent Actual People, they are divided into 4 Suites - Swards, Coins, Cups, and Wands, representing the 4 Elements. The ‘family’ suites also represent a time and energy that relate to all members of that particular suite they are.....
The Wands or Fire time is Spring - Positively their energy is Motivation, Action & Inspiration.
The Cups or Water time is Summer - Positively their energy is Sensitivity & Emotional Maturity
The Swards or Air time is Autumn - Positively their energy is Intelligence, Communication & Justice.
Negatively the energy is - Danger, Confrontations & Law-Suites.
The Coins or Earth time is Winter - Positively their energy is Material Success & Reliability in Business.
Negatively the energy is - Tight-Finances, Corruption & ‘Old Money’
The Family Traits
The different tarot suites (or elements) all represent certain traits that run through out that entire suite - Learn their meaning well, they are........
The Wands Family are….Fiery, Active, Energetic & Lively. Fire people are like to get what they want. A wand court card most likely represents some one with Aries, Leo or Sagittarius prominent with in their horoscope.
The Cups Family are….. Friendly, Emotional, Intuitive & Caring. Water people are sensitive to both the truth and to fantasy! A Cup court card most likely represents some one with Cancer, Scorpio or a Pisces prominent with in their horoscope.
The Swards Family are….. Witty, Intelligent, they are very Sociable. Air people are commutative and intellectual, but they will get easily bored.
The Coins Family are….. Earthy, Practical, & Grounded. Earth people work to get ahead, to make money & accumulate wealth. A Coin court card most likely represents some one with Taurus, Virgo or Capricorn prominent with in their horoscope
A Position in Life
The different court cards all represents a type or a position in life as well as often pointing to the sex and the age of the individual too they are pretty much as are portrayed upon the card and are as follows …………
The Kings have a position of power, authority, the father figger. Often though not always the King will represent an older man.
The Queens have a position of authority, maturity and or the mother. Often though not always the Queen wil represent the older woman.
The Knight represent some one who is young, quick, and purposeful, they have an "outer energy" or thye may represent a message or messenger, an influence, or a call to action.
The Court Cards Meanings
Now we must put the whole of the above together and hopefully in time start to use some intuition as well as they appear with-in our tarot card spreads -they are as follows……
When the King of Wands appears with in a tarot card spread he will have an "out energy" of Power and Authority or a Father type energy. Often though not always the king of wands will represent an older Successful and Confident- Energetic man, a Leader, probably into Business Politics or Religion.
When the King of Cups appears with in a tarot card spread he has an "out energy" of Power, or a Father type energy. Often (though not always) an older men guided by his Emotions, he is Sensitive but can become quite Jealous at times.
When the King of Swards appears with in a tarot card spread he has an "out energy" of Power, or a Father type energy. Often he is a Mature Man, Intelligent, Well Read, and a good Communicator. The King of swards can use his attributes to help the questioner. The king of swards can use his skill with words as a weapon against you to Cause Harm, or just for his own ends.
When the King of Coins appears with in a tarot card spread he has an "out energy" of Power, or a Father type energy. Often (though not always) an older men usually he is a Man of Finance sometimes through Business, but often he is ‘Old Money'. The King of coins can be very Helpful to the questioner.
When the Queen of Wands appears with in a tarot card spread she has an "Inner energy" of Authority or that of the Mature Mother Figure. the Queen of wands usually signifies a Creative Woman, Good with Business, she is Successful and Dynamic. Or sometimes the Queen of wands when appearing in a tarot spread can signify the actual questioner them Self. Bear in mind that some times this Queen can be Manipulative & or Self Indulgent. Can signify the actual questioner them self's.
When the Queen of Swards appears with in a tarot card spread she has an "Inner energy" of Authority or that of the Mature Mother Figure can also signify the actual questioner them self's. Usually a Woman, Intelligent, Educated, Articulate and Independent but can become Spiteful, Opinionated & Bitter so be ware!
When the Knight of Wands appears with in a tarot card spread it signifies a Young Outer Energy/ a Quick & Purposeful Man (woman some times) / Or could mean a new Idea. The Knight of wands is someone who is Adventurous, Energetic & Resourceful. He is Immature with out much staying power so take care if trusting this man
When the Knight of Cups appears with in a tarot card spread it signifies a Young Outer Energy/ a Quick & Purposeful Man (woman some times) or a Message soon coming. The Knight of cups is some one Sociable, Sensitive & Intuitive / Or could mean a Message from an unexpected source.
When the Knight of Swards appears with in a tarot card spread it signifies a Young Outer Energy/ a Quick & Purposeful Man (woman some times) who can use their way with words to hurt. The knight of swards signifies some one Quick Witted who often just Rushes Inn, they have very Many Ideas, they may be Immature and could make Many Mistakes / Or could mean a more Mature Message!
The Nave of Wands has an Inner Energy that is "Potential in form". Often (though not always) Pages are a younger woman/girl /immature adult! The Nave or page of wands signifies a New Energy, a Change, a person who is Energetic or a Message. The page of wands can be someone or an energy that may bring some Discord to you or the proceedings, so take care when dealing with "clever" types.
The Nave of Cups has an Inner Energy that is "Potential in form". Often (though not always) Pages are a younger woman/girl /immature adult! This card can signify some one who is Sensitive, Creative, & Intuitive, some one who Lives Life to the Full. Or it could indicate that an "Emotional Situation" is progressing nicely.
Foot Note - The court cards are what most people find quite difficult, first learn the basic building blocks, understand the elements and the energies, do your daily practice and in no time you will be a competent tarot cards reader, but remember always to be a good tarot card reader you must trust in your own intuition at all times –Good Luck: Article/: by Richard Tarqine Munster
Two Simple Daily 'Court Card' Exercises
A simple exercise to start with to learn the court cards would be at the end of each to day go through the days events in your mind and note one or two significant people through out the day and then try to tie their personality type into one of the fore elements/tarot families either Wands, Coins, Swards or Earth, then look at the 'positions' they occupy in life or where they are 'coming from', are they a King Queen Knight or a Page? This is a great way to learn the court cards, you can even do it on the way to work with people around you doing their every day jobs.
Another good way to learn the court cards is to separate the court cards out then shuffle the two packs as we learned before and pull just one card from the court card pack out every day as person of significance with in your day, then pull another card from the rest of the pack and 'marry' the two cards together (as before). I believe a lot in 'marring' two cards as it gives a much deeper insight into a reading and it is great way to train the mind as it can really make you thinking some times too. Keep up thess exercises for a week or two and you will soon find your self become very familiar with these most interesting court cards.
Your First Full Tarot
Tarot Exercise from Lesson No1 Expanded - Your first tarot reading - Once mastered upon shuffling the cards lay face down cut into three and 'instinctively place together again. From the top of the pack take three cards in order and lay face down in a row on the table. Turn over all three cards and from the right start to read - Card 1 = the situation. Card 2 = your best action Card 3 = the probable outcome should you take the action in card 2 and there you have it your first tarot reading, use it for questions and 'situations' it is probably the classic tarot reading and will serve you well when time is short or you wish simply to get straight to heart of things.
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The Fools Journey - Learning to Read the Tarot Cards - Lessons 1 to 3
Learning to Read the Tarot Lesson no 3: The Court Cards “Meet the Family" Copy Astro Map UK.