What Are Court Cards?

What are court cards? Courts are funny Tarot cards that are in a class of their own. They’re classed as Minors while still being somewhat halfway to Majors. The fact that they don’t fit nicely in a neat little box can make them very confusing. 

One thing that makes Tarot Courts special is their ability to be read multiple ways. The possibility that you can interpret each Court differently, in different readings for different reasons, makes Court cards both amazing and terrifying at the same time.

Therefore, you’re probably wondering, “What are Tarot Court cards?” and “How do I read Tarot Court cards?”

What Are Court Cards?

In general, Tarot Courts are the ‘people’ of the Tarot and mostly represent people in your life. However, this isn’t always the case – they can also represent a multitude of other things. Here, I’m going to share with you the top ten ways in which Tarot Courts can be read and the different things they can represent. 

The Seeker

One of the most common things for a Court to symbolize is the seeker, i.e. the person who’s getting the reading. If you’re reading for someone else, they are the seeker, but if you’re reading for yourself, you are your own seeker. 

The reason why Courts often represent the person getting the reading is because many of the Tarot spreads out there nowadays ask self-development questions. Typically, if you’re performing a spread on a personal development issue, all the Courts will be aspects of your personality. 

When you do self-development readings such as “What can I do to improve this situation?” instead of predictive readings such as “What will happen in this situation?”, you’re essentially putting all the action and responsibility in the seeker’s hands; they alone are responsible for the actions they take. 

By contrast, in predictive readings, you’re opening your seeker up to outside help and influences. Which brings me to my next point: 

Another Person

Another common thing for Tarot readers to read on is their seeker’s relationships with other people. For example, their love lives, friendships, family quarrels, and readings about business associates all fall into this camp. 

It’s normal in these situations for Courts to be evenly split in terms of who they symbolize. For example, half the Courts could be the seeker while the other half could be their partner/lover/cat/whoever they’re reading on. Tarot readings such as “Will my lover come back?” or “Will I get that promotion?” fall into this category. 

An Outside Person

Sometimes, you’ll be performing a reading on a situation that will have an outside person’s input. For example, you might be doing a Tarot reading on a supposedly monogamous relationship, but infidelity is involved. In these cases, the Court cards can symbolize the seeker, their lover, and an outside person who has some say or involvement in the matter. 

A Situation 

There will be times when a Tarot Court represents a situation; for example, it’s a frequent occurrence for the Knight of Wands to mark a move of house or the Page of Cups to predict the birth of a child. 

I tend to only read Courts as situations if there are other cards to support this. In the Knight of Wands case, I would only read him as a move of home if there were other ‘new home’ cards (such as the Four of Wands) to back up this interpretation. 

A Course of Action 

Courts can offer advice for a course of action the seeker should take or personality traits they should take on in the situation you’re reading about. The Knight of Swords could mean that the Tarot cards advise they move quickly in a situation before an opportunity evaporates, while the Knight of Pentacles could be advising that they move slowly and take their time. 

Court Cards Can Be Positive

Tarot Courts can represent someone’s positive attributes. For example, the Queen of Cups would be the card of an individual who’s super caring and empathetic. Her appearance in a Tarot reading could mean that the seeker is going to meet someone like the Queen of Cups who’s going to help them in some way. Alternatively, the seeker could be the one who puts the needs of others first, and their considerate nature could pay off at a later date. 

Court Cards Can Be Negative

Just as a Tarot Court card can symbolize someone’s positive attributes, they can also represent their negative ones. The Queen of Cups is caring but can also have a jealous and possessive side to her. Perhaps when she appears as a negative in a Tarot reading, this warns of someone who is envious of the seeker, or the seeker could be the one who’s the green-eyed monster and needs to tone it down a bit. 

Time

While rather uncommon, there are Tarot readers who take Court cards to represent time. In general, they might read the Swords to symbolize winter. If it is the case that Swords are metaphoric for winter, each Court would show a particular time frame. For example, the Page of Swords would be early winter, the Knight of Swords early-mid winter, the Queen of Swords mid-late winter, and the King of Swords would be the card of late winter. 

Maturity 

I often read Tarot Courts to reflect someone’s level of maturity. Obviously, reading them this way means that I can also read them one of the other ways. For example, I might take a Court to be the seeker’s lover and then read the ‘grade’ (King, Queen, Knight, or Page) to reveal their maturity. 

For example, let’s say that we have a seeker, Rhonda. She comes to us for a reading and wants to know about a guy she’s met, Sam. We do a reading and three of the spread positions are:

1. How she saw him in the past: Six of Cups

2. How she sees him in the present: King of Wands 

3. How she will see him in the future: Page of Wands 

Or even: 

4. How he is: Page of Wands

I would read the above reading as a bad omen. 

To have a lover (or anyone) appear as a King in the past or present but then a Page in the future usually means there’s some sort of regression when it comes to that person’s maturity. In Rhonda’s mind, she currently sees Sam as the King of Wands; responsible and mature with his shit together. 

However, in the future, she discovers that he’s not really how she imagined; Sam is selfish, does things on the spur of the moment, likes to hang out with his friends most of the time, etc. The Page in the future reflects Rhonda finding out about these personality traits, which she previously overlooked because she was wearing her rose-tinted glasses and because Sam is a charmer. 

Of course, just as a regression of Courts can reflect a lack of maturity, the opposite is also true. 

Let’s say we have a guy called Jose who comes to us for a reading. Jose is dating a younger woman, Melissa. The age difference didn’t use to bother him, but he’s now noticed one or two things he isn’t so keen on. Melissa requires lots of attention, is needy, and is always on her iPhone. 

For the same spread as Sam and Rhonda, Jose and Melissa got: 

1. How she saw him in the past: Page of Cups

2. How she sees him in the present: Seven of Pentacles 

3. How she will see him in the future: Queen of Cups 

This spread would tell me that up until fairly recently, Melissa had displayed childish behavior (Page of Cups), but that she’s evolving for the long-term (Seven of Pentacles). In the future, she will be more mature and sensitive to other people’s needs (Queen of Cups). However, I can’t guarantee Jose that she’ll put down the iPhone any time soon! 

A Gatekeeper

I’m frequently asked, “What does it mean when a Court card appears in the outcome position of a Tarot reading?” And my answer is usually this: “That person is a gatekeeper.” 

As I mentioned above, Courts appear because they represent someone who has some sort of influence on a situation. However, there will be many times when an individual holds the entire outcome of an issue in their hands. They are the gatekeeper who controls whether a relationship, job, or opportunity thrives or dies. 

When these Courts pop up in outcome positions, this can serve as either a reminder or a warning that this person holds the key. Your seeker can do what they want and bob along, but ultimately, it’s this gatekeeper who will change the fate of a situation and can turn everything on its head. Therefore, your cards are giving you a gentle nudge to tell your seeker to keep this person happy because their future depends on it! 

Closing Thoughts on What Are Court Cards

If you would like to learn how to read Court cards for everyone, including complete strangers, you should check out my Tarot course, The Tarot Course. The Tarot Course opens for enrollment only once per year so be sure to check out out here. 

Finally, in the comment section below, I would like for you to share with me your thoughts regarding Court cards. For you, what do they often represent? How do you interpret them? I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

Lots of Court Cards in a Tarot Reading

Have you received lots of court cards in a Tarot reading? What does it mean when you get mostly court cards in a Tarot card reading? Don’t worry – I am going to fill you in on how to interpret this!

It’s happened to everyone. You’re sitting quite happily, shuffling your Tarot cards,  performing your Tarot reading. You lay them out, flip them over on the table, and suddenly, you’re hit with ten Court cards!

Many readers would welcome ten Major cards, and many wouldn’t bat an eyelid if they got only Minors, but Court cards are different. They’re scary and special. So, what does it mean when you get mostly or only Court Cards in a Tarot reading?

Over my many years of reading Tarot and performing Tarot readings, I’ve come to realize that getting lots of Courts cards in your Tarot reading can mean a couple of things. Whichever of these explanations fits your reading obviously depends on the mood of the reading and which one you feel applies to you most. 

You’re Going to Make Tons of New Connections

Sometimes, if you’ve pulled lots of Court cards, it can mean that you’re going to soon be meeting lots of new people and forming connections. How this happens could be dependent on the Court cards you have received.

For example, many Pages can mean you will soon find yourself in further education or taking a course of some type, and that you’ll meet the Pages this way. Many Queens and Kings can predict that you’ll take a step up in your career and make important new contacts. Receiving lots of Knights in a reading can represent anything from joining clubs and organizations to spending time in prison.

However, you will sometimes find that the Court cards are evenly split or contain a mixture of Court grades. If this interpretation applies to you, you will be very busy and all of the above meanings could be relevant.

In June 2014, I did a reading where I pulled all Court cards. I can vividly remember that it was a Celtic Cross – I got four Kingsthree Queens, one Knight, and two Pages. Within the next year, I had won my Tarot award (Young Tarosophist of the Year), joined organizations, taken courses to improve my business, etc. And obviously, I met lots of new people along the way. 

Other People Will Offer their Assistance

Similar to the above meaning, getting lots of Court cards in a Tarot reading can mean that there will be people coming into your life who will want to help you.

Anyone who has ever achieved anything great knows that the fastest way to the top is to enlist people to help you. If you want to hit goals quickly, you must find a support network.

The many Court cards in your Tarot reading could represent the people who are willing to lend you a hand so that you become successful. The personalities of the Court cards will be the players in your game.

Some Things Can be Controlled, Some Can’t

When I read Tarot, I always look at the proportions of Tarot cards first and interpret them differently. Doing this relies on using a bit of probability, and it’s a technique I use often.

If I see a lot of Majors, I read this as the outcome of a situation being mostly in the universe’s hands. What’s going to happen is meant to be, and the person getting the reading just has to go with it.

If I see mostly Minors in a reading, I take this to symbolize that the outcome of the situation is in the seeker’s hands and can be easily changed. The future is mainly dependent on how the seeker acts. 

Court cards are somewhere in between: not quite destiny, not quite free will either. Having a lot of Court cards in your reading can mean that there will be some things you can control but others that will be completely out of your hands. Your cards aren’t quite ready to reveal what you can change and what you cannot, hence the confusing Court cards.

You’re Playing a Role in Someone Else’s Destiny

Similar to the point made above, getting too many Court cards in your reading can mean that you’re about to play a major role in someone else’s destiny. You may be the one who holds the key to helping somebody get the things they want.

You’re Too Easily Influenced by Others

I’ve saved the best for last because I’ve found this to be the most common reason why there are mostly (or all) Court cards in a Tarot reading.

Those who get too many Courts in their Tarot readings are usually too easily influenced by other people. You may allow others to make decisions for you and let them control your life. It’s always about what they want, not what you want.

You allow your happiness to be based on the happiness of others around you. You get too wrapped up in whether or not a guy texts you back, what your boss thinks, or how your parents perceive your actions. Other people’s moods will greatly affect your day.

Because you’re so easily influenced by other people, your reading isn’t really about you. The Court cards appearing in certain positions (or all the positions) are showing you which person will have the greatest influence over that area of your life. For example, a King of Swords in a negative position means the King of Swords character in your life won’t help you. A Page of Pentacles in the outcome position means that person decides the future of a situation, and so on.

Closing Thoughts on Lots of Court Cards in a Tarot Reading

It’s not always easy to tell why it is you’ve received lots of Court cards in your Tarot reading – it may even be a mixture of the reasons above. Whatever the reason, all will be revealed in due time, but regardless, remember to record your reading for future reference. 

That’s all for what it means when you receive lots of court cards in your Tarot card readings! Have you recently received lots of court cards? How did you interpret this? What did it mean for you? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below!

Signs You Struggle to Read Court Cards

You should not struggle with Court cards. It is my mission, to make sure that all Tarot readers can interpret the courts. And, if you really struggle to read Court cards, you should be getting help.

The devil isn’t The Devil. The devil isn’t The Tower or even the Ten of Swords. For you, me and many other Tarot readers, the devil is probably Court cards. 

Signs One: You Dread Giving Readings

Pretty obvious, but the number one sign that you struggle to read Court cards, is if you dread them coming up. Dreading them appear can result in a want to not give readings to other people at all. 

By dreading giving readings, I mean that you die a little inside every time someone requests a Tarot reading. This can happen whether the person is sitting right in front of you, or if they inquire about your readings through text or Messanger. 

If a PM inquiry about your Tarot readings has you avoiding Facebook for days or weeks on end, then you have an issue with your Tarot confidence. And it doesn’t matter who that inquiry is from, you’ll want to crawl into a hole and die every time someone brings up the subject of getting a Tarot reading. 

Back when I lacked confidence I used to get nervous reading everyone, even reading my (now ex) partner’s mother. This was someone who was also a Tarot reader, she never criticized my readings, and always sang my praises. And yet, as I would be walking to her house I would be filled with anxiety. 

If you’re not a confident Tarot reader and dread certain cards coming up, it doesn’t matter who you’re reading, you’ll be nervous before you perform the reading. You might worry more about reading strangers, but you’ll also be paranoid about reading people you know. And you won’t want anyone putting you on the spot either. 

Back when I wasn’t so confident with my Court cards, I used to hate it when people would message me about my readings. To make matters worse, at the time I was working as a professional reader. You would think that alone would mean I had confidence, but no; if anything accepting money for my readings just made me dread them even more! 

Despite them being well reviewed, years ago, my lack of confidence in Court cards made me hate taking money for my readings. My worst nightmare involved me performing a professional reading on a stranger, only to receive mostly Court cards. I even harmed career opportunities which came my way because I didn’t want to have to put myself in these situations. Which brings me to my next point;  

Sign Two: You Sabotage Your Opportunities

The second sign that you struggle to read Court cards is self-sabotage.

Believe it or not, you can be working as a professional reader and still lack confidence in your abilities. Tarot readers don’t go pro because they have confidence. Most Tarot readers end up becoming professional because the universe has grabbed a stick and poked them in that direction. Usually, reading professionally is their calling. They have been led down that career path through divine intervention. 

The universe and the spirits can throw you in at the deep end. Before you know it, reading Tarot is the only career option available to you, the only thing you can be successful at doing, but that doesn’t mean you have the confidence to do so. 

If you’re working as a professional reader but lack confidence in reading classes of cards, you can subconsciously create scenarios where you harm your reading career. Lack of confidence creates a desire to remain unseen. You will never want to be known for anything so will constantly change your mind about your business direction, forever be rebranding, never have your website finished, never complete those 1 million projects you started. 

Also, if there are parts of Tarot you are not confident reading, you can worry that your readings are not as good as they could be. Fearing your Tarot readings are shit means that you will chronically undervalue yourself. For example, charge much less than you need to live on, target clients whom you know have little income, randomly discount your services, and give in to free reading requests. If your heart drops in your chest every time you quote the full price for your Tarot services, you really need to work on your confidence. 

Similarly, you might not be at the stage that you’re reading professionally (or you’re not yet full-time), but the urge may be there. However, you’re probably putting it off and putting it off until the time is right. When you wait for the time being right what you’re really waiting for is to increase confidence. The time is never right, but you can learn how to successfully master Court cards. 

Sign Three: You Get a Lot of Free Reading Requests

There are certain types of people who love to take advantage of others, particularly people they deem to be weak. One way they like to do this if you’re a Tarot reader is to badger free readings from you. 

These people can literally sense your lack of confidence. You don’t even have to have any previous contact with them for them to know your secret. They pick up on your energy and the subtle little things you say; this allows them a sneak peek into your soul, revealing your lack of confidence. 

No shit, back when I lacked confidence in reading Court cards, I would constantly be hounded for free readings. Free reading requests would FLOOD my inbox. Some would be nice, “Hey hun can you pull me a quick card I am having a really hard time”. Others would just be so rude and straight to the point saying nothing more than, “Tarot reading”.  

I don’t even know how 99% of these people found me. Back then I didn’t even have 5,000 hits a month to my first website. And yet, they did find me and make their way to my email, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram profiles; it seemed like I got more free reading requests than website visitors. 

They all knew that if I was pressured enough I might give in. And they were like those creepy men who add you on Facebook and message, “Hello Dear”; once you accept one, another hounds you and then another. Before you know it, you’ve got an inbox full of free reading requests and a PayPal account that’s empty. 

The funny thing is, now I have confidence, I pretty much never get free reading requests. Almost by magic, they have virtually stopped. I now get 100 times more traffic per month than I did back when I was in free reading request hell, but the beggers in my inbox have all but disappeared. It is almost as if I previously had a magnet which draws in people who chanced their luck.  

The above behavior can cause Tarot readers to feel as though they have been taken advantage of. And it isn’t just about the money, it is the fact that strangers (and non-strangers!) assume that you owed them something. These feelings are not special to professionals; even the non-pros are not immune from the badgering of free reading requesters.

My non-pro students have previously complained about friends or family members who are always in crisis and always wanting Tarot readings. It seems to the reader that this is all that their loved one is interested in and they feel used by them. On an almost weekly basis, their friend/relative is coming over asking them to quickly, “Ask their cards”.

If you fall into this category, you will find that your loved one’s behavior rarely gets better, it only escalates over time. Before you know it, they invite other people on their freebie merry-go-round, such as their friends, relatives, and co-workers. This will lead you to a situation similar to the below scenario: 

One day, you get invited to your cousin’s house for a ‘quiet drink’ with your cousin’s work friends. Before you know it, what you thought was going to be a relaxing night in turns into a Tarot reading party for 8 people to celebrate Cassandra from admins 31st birthday. So now, not only are you NOT getting to de-stress after a hectic week, you’re doing the exact opposite; you’ve got to ‘perform’ for a room full of semi-strangers for 5 hours who all want their Tarot cards read. And skeptic Susan isn’t shy about her disbelief in psychics (but still wants a reading!) and you would rather die than read anyone. 

Once you improve your confidence reading Tarot, you’ll find that a lot of people who badger you for free readings stop. Not only do you stop attracting them, but eventually you develop the emotional strength you need to just say no; repeatedly knocking people back for readings teaches them that they cannot walk all over you. 

Also, when you invest in your Tarot education, you begin to expect others to do the same. If you have taken courses or educated yourself on how to read Court cards, you’re not so keen on entertaining people who aren’t willing to invest in your time (even if all you require from them is respect of your boundaries). 

Closing Thoughts on Signs you Struggle to Read Court Cards

I teach how to read Court cards through my Tarot Techniques course. Through this course you will not only learn the Court card meanings, but you will learn how to interpret them like an expert. You can find out more about Tarot Techniques here.

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King and Queen of Wands Together

What does it mean when you receive the Queen and King of Wands together in a Tarot reading? Curious to know what it means when you have the Queen and King of Wands Court cards in combination in your general, love, or career Tarot card reading? Well, you can read this interpretation below! 

Previously I have written about what it means when you receive lots of Court cards in a Tarot reading and what Court cards can represent. 

I love reading and teaching Court cards because a lot of readers find them difficult to interpret. However, Court cards are magical and reflect the actions, feelings, and emotions of people in your life

There is something extra special about receiving the King and Queens of a suit together in combination. These occurrences have their own meanings, and today I am going to discuss what it means to get the Queen and King of Wands in combination in a Tarot reading. 

Overview of the Wands Court Cards

I mainly interpret the Wands suit in Tarot to symbolize energy, friends, creativity, challenges, and hobbies. I know a lot of Tarot readers who read them to represent work but I save this luxury for the Pentacles suit. 

The Wands Courts represent people in your life who are of high energy. They are passionate, excitable, and filled with plans. They will have lots of interests and may even be focused on keeping fit; if not, they have a competitive nature (but in a fun way) and like to push themselves and others. 

With the above general ‘Wands’ meaning in mind, I am going to interpret the King and Queen Wands together in combination. 

Before we begin, I would like to point out that I generally interpret the meanings of the King and Queen differently depending on the type of reading. For example, in relationship readings, I always interpret the Kings and Queens to represent lovers but wouldn’t always do this with career readings. Keep that in mind when I give my interpretations: 

King and Queen of Wands in a General Tarot Reading 

The King of Wands and Queen of Wands represent both the masculine and feminine aspects of the Wands suit, so when they appear in a reading together they are in perfect balance. 

If I was performing a general reading for a female, I would read all Queens to represent her and different aspects of her personality. Any Kings which appear in the reading would symbolize men who she is (usually, but not always) romantically involved with in some way (emotionally, physically or spiritually), and Knights and Pages would symbolize other people. 

As the Queens represent an aspect of your personality (if you are female) the Queen of Wands is an area in your life where you are fun-loving, carefree, energetic, interesting, and exciting. The King of Wands is a man in your life (or coming into your life) who shares these traits with you. 

The King and Queen of Wands in a love Tarot reading combination

From experience, I know that if the King and Queen of Wands appear in your general reading (a reading without a question) in combination with the King of Wands, this usually means that there is an individual (the King) who has an interest in you romantically.

It is typical for the King of Wands to represent a friend who has feelings for you, even if just slightly. The King of Wands may or may not be someone you are already in a partnership with, but it is certainly someone whom you know personally or are about to meet. 

The King of Wands matches your energy. He is fun, humorous and doesn’t take life or himself too seriously. If this doesn’t sound like your current partner, the King of Wands serves as a warning that you and he are not well-suited. In the future, you will be more attracted to the King of Wands than you are your current partner. 

King and Queen of Wands in a Love Tarot Reading 

In a love reading, the King and Queen of Wands together symbolize you and your partner. It is a very fortunate sign to receive the King and Queen of a suit together in a relationship reading because it means you are both on the same level and the Wands suit is no exception. 

However, I should point out that if you want your partnership to go the extra mile you need to keep the relationship exciting. Go for walks together, complement each other, and stay physically fit. A little playful teasing every now and then also won’t hurt! Don’t take life too seriously. 

King and Queen of Wands in a Career Tarot Reading 

If the King and Queen of Wands appear in a job or business reading, I will read this to represent two people in an authoritative position who will help you achieve goals that will have an indirect impact on your career. For example, fitness coaches or stop smoking experts who lead you to a healthier lifestyle which results in you becoming more productive.  

Closing Thoughts

So, that is how I would interpret the King of Wands and Queen of Wands together in combination in a Tarot general, love, and career or business reading. How you interpret Court cards in combination may be different for you. Try coming up with your own interpretations, and feel free to share them with the community in the comments section below

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How to Select a Tarot Significator

How can you select a Tarot significator? Do you even know what a signifier is?

In Tarot, a significator (sometimes called a signifier) is a card that is selected to help you give more detail in your Tarot readers. Basically, this card is supposed to represent your seeker and wherever it falls in the reading can give you details on the seeker’s life.

Significators are used for most forms of Cartomancy divination. Compared to Tarot, selecting one for playing cards and Lenormand is pretty straightforward. There are a couple of ways to select one for Tarot readings so the selection process can cause most readers become confused. Therefore, I am going to give you a couple of methods for selecting a significator so that you can pick which is best for you.

Before I even begin to tell you which card to use, I should say that for most spreads, if a significator is required then you must pre-select it from your deck. You have to go through your deck, pick out the significator, and place it to one side. To some readers, that may sound obvious but most Tarot books and blogs don’t make this fact clear, and that is where readers get confused. (Look here for the actual ways in which you can use a significator).

So, which card should you use? You decide. I am going to explain four ways to select a significator, and you can pick which one you want based on your requirements. Depending on your situation, you basically choose which one you feel has the biggest pros or least cons. There are possibly other ways to select a significator, but these are the ways that I have used.

Method One: Back to the Old School 

A timeworn fashioned way to read is very simple; The Magician is used as the significator for a male seeker and The High Priestess is used as the significator for a female seeker.

Method Two: Significators Based on Looks

Most commonly, significators are selected based on the seeker’s physical appearance. In this method, the reader usually always selects a significator which is a court card. Here is a general list;

Kings: Represent older, established men.

Queens: Represent established older women.

Knights: Represent men in their prime. In modern times it can represent women in their prime. A.E Waite used Knights to represent men older than Kings but this is an incredibly uncommon correspondence to select.

How to choose a Tarot significator
Traditionally, The Magician is used by diviners as a significator for a male seeker. However, now-a-days, it is more common for Court cards to be used as signifiers.

Pages: Represent young men and women and/or children.

Wands: The suit of Wands represents lighter-skinned individuals. Usually, they will have red or blonde hair; those with a Nordic type appearance fall into this category.

Cups: The suit of Cups represents light skinned individuals but who are not as pale as Wands. They often have darker blonde or light brown hair.

Swords: Swords represent those who have dark hair and usually dark eyes.

Pentacles: The suit of Pentacles represents those who have dark skin, dark hair, and dark eyes.

Going by the above technique, someone like Heidi Klum would be represented by a Queen of Wands because she is pale-skinned and older. Another reader may read her as a Knight of Wands because they view her age differently. Therefore, when it comes to age, you pretty much decide who you view as being “older” or “younger”.

Method Three: Significators Based on Personality

If you know the seeker personally then you can select a significator based on their personality. Here’s how to select a Tarot significator based on personality:

Page of Wands: Individuals who are keen to learn and discover new things.

 Knight of Wands: Individuals who are energetic and enthusiastic.

Queen of Wands: Individuals who are good friends.

King of Wands: Individuals who are innovative and leaders.

Page of Cups: Individuals who are emotionally unstable or immature.

Knight of Cups: Individuals who are your Knight in Shinning Armour type. Also, those who stand out from other people.

Queen of Cups: Individuals who follow their heart. They often put others first.

King of Cups: Individuals who live their life based on their emotions but which are in control of their feelings. These people really know themselves.

Page of Swords: Individuals who are sly; they often play both sides of the fence in an argument.

Knight of Swords: Individuals who are aggressive.

Queen of Swords: Individuals who are cold and distant. They are often naturally very defensive.

King of Swords: Individuals who think only with their heads. They place a high value on intellect.

Page of Pentacles: Individuals who have fantastic prospects but have not manifested anything substantial yet.

Knight of Pentacles: Individuals who are hard working.

Queen of Pentacles: Individuals who balance work and home life well. They are often big on ‘priorities.’

King of Pentacles: Individuals who have good, strong, traditional values.

Remember, the is not an exclusive list of the significators I would use in this case, but it gives you an idea of how this system works.

Method Four: Significators Based on the Situation 

In this category you use any Tarot card, it doesn’t have to be Courts cards. Here is how to select a Tarot significator based on your situation:

Wands: Readings related to work and business.

Cups: Readings related to love, family, or relationships with other people.

Swords: Readings related to strife with others or where the use of logic is necessary.

Pentacles: Readings related to finance or health.

The Fool: Readings related to new beginnings or if the seeker is feeling stuck in their life and can’t move forward.

The Magician: Used in readings related to trickery. Commonly, it is also used in readings related to new enterprises.

The High Priestess: Obviously used in readings related to psychic ability and spiritual development. Can be used in readings related to secrets.

How to select a Tarot signifier
The High Priestess can be used as a significator for readings which are about psychic development and spirituality.

The Empress: Used in readings related to parenthood and anything which may need to be nourished to be developed.

The Emperor: Used in readings related to business. Can also be used as a significator if the seeker is at the height of their job (a CEO for example).

 The Hierophant: Used in readings related to tradition or the opinion of parents, religious leaders etc.

The Lovers: Used in readings related to lovers and soulmates. Can also be used in readings related to choice.

The Chariot: Used in readings related to fame, glory, and achievements.

Justice: Used in readings related to law, equality, and morals.

The Hermit: Used in readings related to self-discovery. I also have used this significator for readings related to studying.

The Wheel of Fortune: Used in readings related to luck and the turn of the seeker’s fortune.

Strength: Used in readings related to courage and strength. Strength can be used in readings where the seeker may be a career for someone else due to their health.

The Hanged Man: Used in readings related to health. Can also be used in readings related to sacrifices. For example, this significator could be used for housewives going back to work who wonder what will be the effect of their time away from their families.

Death: Used in readings which involve life-changing decisions or situations.

Temperance: Used in readings related to the seeker’s peace and happiness.

The Devil: Can be used in readings related to addictions, obsessions, or breaking patterns of behaviour.

The Tower: Used in readings related to sudden shocks.

The Star: Used in readings related to hope and wishes.

The Moon: Used in readings related to uncertainty; I recommend using The Moon as a significator for a man or woman who is having a relationship with someone who is also involved with someone else. It is common for readers to use The Moon when they are using Tarot to interpret their dreams.

The Sun: Used in readings related to holidays and the happiness of a family as a whole.

Judgment: Used in readings related to someone’s calling and destiny.

The World: Used in readings related to travel and trips around the world.

Like method three, this is not an exclusive list. If you’re interested in using this method you may wish to expand this list or come up with your own list it is entirely up to you.

Closing Thoughts on How to Select a Tarot Significator

So, that’s it folks that’s how to select a Tarot significator! If you wish to learn some methods for actually using one in a reading, then head on over to How to use a Tarot Significator.

Did you enjoy reading this post? Which significator have you selected? Why did you choose this? Feel free to share in the comments section at the bottom of this post!

How to Use a Tarot Significator

What are Tarot signifiers used for? How do you use a Tarot significator in your Tarot card readings? Do they even add to your readings? 

Often, when Tarot educators talk about significators (often called signifiers), they discuss how to select one. However, most Tarot readers who are interested in significators, want to know how to actually use them in a spread. They do not just want to know how to select them. Here, I explain how to use a significator in a Tarot reading so that you can decide for yourself if this is something you fancy trying (if you don’t know how to select one, click here!).

I should say that these methods work best when you use a free form or ‘table’ style spread. However, some of these techniques can be applied to regular spreads with only a select amount of Tarot cards. So, here are the methods for using a significator in your Tarot readings.

Method One: The Focus Method

Some readers select a significator to give themselves or their reader something to focus on. As you shuffle you can look at this card and it will keep you focused on your seeker or their question if they have one.

The focus method of selecting a significator can also help you and your seeker (if you’re reading someone else) set your intentions for the reading. 

If you would like to try this method, go through your deck and select the significator you want to use. Then, place the card on the table and look at it as you shuffle. Concentrate on the card as you shuffle and think of the seeker’s question. Perform your reading as normal.  

Method Two: The Old School Method 

In old fashioned spreads, you are required to use a significator. Traditionally, you would use the High Priestess for females and The Magician for males and take the direction which this card faces into account.

If you would like to try this method, then select the High Priestess you are female and The Magician if you are male. Take this card out of the deck and shuffle the deck as normal. Next, without turning the cards over select enough cards to form a square minus one (so, for a nine card square you need eight cards). Now, place your significator into this pile, shuffle them and form a square as shown (I know I said you should form a square but this was easier to photograph); 

How to use a Tarot Significator

Anything behind the way which the significator is facing is the past, the column which it lands in is the present, and anything towards the significator is the future: 

Anything in front of the significator is the future. The column in which the significator lands in is the present. Anything behind the way the significator is facing is the past.

Method Three: Court Card Method for Using a Tarot Significator

A similar method as the one above, also requires you to take the direction which the significator is facing into account. However, with this method, you generally select a Court card to represent the seeker, not a Major. So, in this method if the Queen of Cups was selected, not the High Priestess, this table of cards would be read like this: 

How to use a Tarot court card Significator

So, if the Queen of Cups was selected because she is looking towards the future, there are three predictive columns (in red). The column she lands in appears in gold, and the past is in black. 

Or, if the Knight of Cups was selected as the significator, your reading would look like this: 

How to use a Tarot court card signifier

As you can see, there is no past in this reading because the signifier is on the edge. There is only the present to read (in gold) and the four future columns (in red). 

If you ever find yourself wanting to perform a reading and the significator is on the ‘edge’ with no past or future, you can say that they are not concerned with the past (if there is no past) or they are living the past (if there is no future). Alternatively, you can just pull more cards if it is a Tarot reading but if it is a Lenormand reading and you’re doing a Grand Tableau you’re stuck!  

Method Four: The Boxed Method

In this method, you read what is around the significator as a way to determine what is in the seeker’s general surroundings. So, all of the cards which ‘box’ in the seeker’s Tarot card, are their main concerns, things on the seeker’s mind, etc: 

How to use a Tarot signifier

With this method, you can go further and actually read the cards around the cards which signify other areas of the seeker’s life. So, if The Lovers comes up, you can read the cards which ‘box’ it in to tell the seeker things about their love life: 

How to use a Tarot significator spread

Closing Thoughts for Use to Select a Tarot Significator

So there you have it, how to use a Tarot significator. If you want to learn more about how to select a significator, check the How to Select a Tarot Significator post.

How did you find this outline? Have you heard of all of the ways you can select a Tarot significator? Or, is this your first time learning how to select a Tarot significator? Do you have any other questions? Feel free to share in the comment section below, I am excited to hear from you!

King and Queen of Swords Together

What does it mean when you receive the King and Queen of Swords together in a Tarot reading? Curious to know what it means when you have the Queen and King of Swords Court cards in combination in your general, love, or career Tarot card reading? Well, you can read this interpretation below! 

For this post, I am only going to look at interpreting the King and Queen of Swords in combination. If you are interested in what the other Courts predict, I have written what the other King and Queen suits mean when they appear in combination, you can find links to those articles at the very end of this post. 

Overview of the Swords Court Cards

Of all of the Court cards, I often read the Swords Courts the most negatively. Usually, I read them as representing someone in your life who is causing you trouble be that an outsider, friend, family member, or even you yourself. 

I understand that not all Tarot readers interpret the Swords Courts so negatively, so if you fall into this camp, feel free to mould my interpretation into something which makes sense for you. 

Before you read my full interpretation below for what the King and Queen of Swords mean when they appear together, remember that I may interpret them differently for every reading; this is only a general guide. For example, sometimes I would read Court cards as outside people but other times I would read them as representing the seeker (the person getting the reading). Keep that in mind when reading the below interpretation! 

The King and Queen of Swords in a General Tarot Reading

In general readings, I would interpret the King and Queen of Swords together as representing a couple who wish to do you harm. These individuals do not want what is best for you and have plotted together to try and destroy your goals. 

In my experience, I have found that the Queen and King of Swords usually symbolizes two people who operate together in some way. For example, they may be two people at your place of employment, a romantic couple, or your parents.  

The King and Queen of Swords in a love Tarot reading combination

It is entirely possible that the King and Queen of Swords negatively impact you but do not mean to do so. Your parents may be the type who is constantly giving you ‘constructive criticism’. What they feel is them helping you by being realistic, is actually not; they are shooting down your dreams. In these situations, your parents would appear as the King and Queen of Swords. 

The King and Queen of Swords in a Love Tarot Reading 

If the King and Queen of Swords appear together in a love reading, this can indicate two things; it can mean that outsiders are a bad influence on your relationship, or that you and your partner are both negative influences on each other. 

If you’re finding that other people are quick to meddle in your relationship, then the King and Queen of Swords can represent these individuals. This interpretation is especially fitting if you or your lover’s parents both nit-pick at your partnership. 

Alternatively, if you and your lover both have children to other people it is not unknown for those individuals to appear as the King and Queen of Swords, especially if they are causing you both trouble. 

However, I have found that (in most cases) the Queen and King of Swords appear together in love or relationship readings because they symbolize both you and your partner. 

Individuals appear as Swords Courts in relationship readings when they are unhappy. They no longer feel the same way they used to feel about their lover, and just ‘go through the motions’. The relationship lacks fun, excitement, and passion. Although this combination does not predict you will separate, it does not look good to have it in your love reading.

The King and Queen of Swords in a Career Tarot Reading 

Are you in business? Then the Queen and the King of Swords represent your competitors. It is very possible that your biggest hurdle towards business success is your competitors; they are giving your ideal customer something which you are not supplying so stalk the competition and try to decipher what that thing might be. 

Alternatively, if you are in a relationship the King and Queen of Swords together in your career reading is a sign that your partnership is having a negative impact on your career. If this is the case, you may want to make changes to your love life so that it doesn’t interfere in other places that are of importance to you. 

Finally, in career readings, I have found that the King and Queen of Swords together most often represent your boss/bosses. This combination is a warning that those in charge wish to see you fail. Do not put all of your career eggs in one basket, especially if you do not feel as though your current job is secure. 

Closing Thoughts

Have you recently received the King and Queen of Swords together in your Tarot reading? How did you interpret them? Did you struggle to interpret them? You can let me know in the comment section below! 

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King and Queen of Cups Together

What does it mean when you receive the King and Queen of Cups together in a Tarot reading?  Curious to know what it means when you have the Queen and King of Cups Court cards in combination in your general, love, or career Tarot card reading? Well, wonder no more!

Unsurprisingly, of all Tarot card combinations, the King and Queen of Cups is the one which I most often get asked about interpreting. Readers often wish to know the significance of getting these two cards together in combination.

I suspect that I frequently get asked about the King and Queen of Cups combo because diviners perform most Tarot readings for relationship readings. Because the Queen and King of Cups are of the ‘love’ suit, getting them together in a reading is significant!

Overview of the Cups Court Cards

I mainly interpret the Cups suit in Tarot to symbolize love, romance, softness, and emotion.

There are times when I would interpret the Cups card to represent empathetic and psychic energy, but I do read a lot of other cards this way which aren’t Cups.

The Cups Courts represent people in your life who are loving, caring, romantic, and sensitive. Sometimes, the Cups can be overly sensitive, immature, and needy but not always. With the above general ‘Cups’ meaning in mind, I am going to interpret the King and Queen Cups together in combination below.

Before we begin, I would like to point out that I generally interpret the meanings of the King and Queen differently depending on the type of a reading. For example, in relationship readings I always interpret the Kings and Queens to represent lovers but wouldn’t always do this with career readings; that being said, how I interpret them does change based on the mood, and feel of the rest of the reading.

The King and Queen of Cups in a General Tarot Reading

No matter who I was performing a reading for, I would always take the King and Queen of Cups together in combination in a reading to symbolize a couple who are in perfect harmony.

When you receive a King and Queen of Cups together in a general reading (reading without a specific question), this means that you and your lover are the perfect match. Single? Don’t worry as this combination predicts that you will soon have a lover come into your life which fulfills all of your needs.

If you are female, the Queen of Cups represents you with the King symbolizing your lover. If you are male and straight, the King symbolizes you and the Queen represents your lover (or future lover). Towards each other, you will be loving, attentive, and will go out of your way to make the other feel safe.

I should quickly point out that I would read Kings and Queens the same way for gay and lesbian couples. However, in general, I usually always assign the Queen to the seeker (the person getting the reading) just because concern over the future and an interest in healing and intuition are generally viewed as ‘feminine’ traits as the Queen does. Therefore, I read the person receiving the reading as the Queen, but you might read this differently.

The King and Queen of Cups in a love Tarot reading combination

When the King and Queen appear together in a reading, it shows that your love life is an area of support. You can seek comfort from your partner and view them as someone who is loving and safe. However, if you do not see your partner this way be warned as in this case, sometimes the King of Cups can represent someone outside of your relationship who wishes to come in and provide you with things your current lover cannot.

The King and Queen of Cups in a Love Tarot Reading 

I would generally read the King and Queen of Cups in a relationship reading the same way I would interpret them in a general reading but better! If you are reading on a potential relationship, the King and Queen of Cups in combination is a very good sign. When these two cards appear together, I predict that the seeker and their partner are madly in love with each other or will be in the future.

Sometimes, the King and Queen of Cups will appear together in the same love Tarot reading as a way to reassure the seeker that everything is fine and your relationship is likely to last. Therefore, do not put too much pressure on your partner. Let the universe and the spirits work their magic!

The King and Queen of Cups in a Career Tarot Reading 

Depending on where the King and Queen fall in your career or business reading, this combination can be positive or negative.

In general, a King and Queen of Cups together in a career reading means that your lover (or potential lover) is a shoulder to cry on when work gets too difficult. Emotionally, your lover (or future lover) wishes to support you.

However, be warned. Sometimes, the King and Queen of Cups will appear together in a business/career reading when your love life is a distraction from your work. You may be too focused on your relationship and do not put enough energy into other important areas of your life.

In addition to the above interpretation, the Queen and King of Cups together in a work orientated reading can be a sign that you are much more likely to support your partners in their dreams than you are to focus on your own. You are also too considerate of how much your career impacts your partners instead of thinking about how not achieving your goals affects you.

If you find yourself cancelling plans or dropping off of extra work to spend time with your lover, then it is time to take an honest look at why you are making these sacrifices.

Closing Thoughts

Have you ever received the King and Queen of Cups together in your Tarot reading? What do you think that it symbolized? Let me know in the comments below: 

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King and Queen of Pentacles Together

King and Queen of Pentacles Together in a Tarot reading

What does it mean when you receive the King and Queen of Pentacles together in a Tarot reading? Curious to know what it means when you have the Queen and King of Pentacles Court cards in combination in your general, love, or career Tarot card reading? Well, you’ve come to the right place! 

Overview of the Pentacles Court Cards

The Pentacles or Coins Courts represent the practical people of the suit. Usually, the individuals represented by the Pentacles Courts love to indulge in earthly pleasures; enjoy shopping and going to restaurants as a past time, and like to build their businesses and careers. 

With the above general ‘Pentacles’ meaning in mind, I am going to interpret the Pentacles Kings and Queens. 

Before we begin, I would like to point out that I generally interpret the meanings of the King and Queen differently depending on the type of a reading. For example, in relationship readings, I always interpret the Kings and Queens to represent lovers but wouldn’t always do this with career readings. 

The King and Queen of Pentacles in a General Tarot Reading 

If I was performing a general reading for a woman or a feminine personality, I would read the Queen of Pentacles as the seeker and the surrounding cards would show me how she behaves at her work/place of business. Therefore, the King of Pentacles would be a man who also works at her work, business, or is in the same industry. 

When the King and Queen appear as Pentacles in a general reading, this tells me that you have a romantic interest in someone who you work with or who is in the same industry which you are. You may or may not have already begun a relationship with this person. 

Does your lover currently not work with you? Then, in this case, the King and Queen of Pentacles in your general reading means that, in the future, you will meet someone who fits this description. You will eventually fall for and start dating someone you meet through work. 

The fact that you are both appear as Pentacles tells me that you are a good fit with regards to money, power, status, and how you like to be perceived by the world. 

The King and Queen of Pentacles in a Love Tarot Reading 

In a love reading, I would read the King and Queen of Pentacles positively. These Courts like to keep up appearances with regards to family and tradition. It is important to the Pentacles suit to give the impression that they have ‘made it in life’. 

When the King and Queen appear in combination in a relationship reading, this can reflect that both you and your partner desire having it all in life; the marriage, the kids, the pets, and a happy family home. You both feel as though this is expected of you. 

The King and Queen of Pentacles in a love Tarot reading combination

However, although the King and Queen of Pentacles can predict that you and your lover will settle down together, this combination is not as favourable as receiving the King and Queen of Cups in a relationship reading. Sometimes, this King and Queen are more focused on how the world perceives them, money, and status than they are focused on loving and bonding with each other. 

The King and Queen of Pentacles in a Career Tarot Reading

In a business or career reading, there are two possibilities when the King and Queen of Pentacles appear in combination in a reading. First, the Queen and King of Pentacles can predict that you and your partner will help each other with your careers and possibly have the same job, go into business, or work together in the future. 

Alternatively, when I perform a reading for my business, I always read the Pentacles suit to represent me and aspects of my personality. For example, the Page of Pentacles will reflect an area where I am being immature in my business but the King will show where I am being a proper boss. 

When I get both the King and Queen in a business reading, these reflect areas where I am doing right and receiving either in an outcome or future position, for me, is very lucky. The Queen and King of Pentacles in combination shows that my priorities are right and in good balance. For example, I will be saving but spending; planning but doing; hustling but resting, and so on. 

Closing Thoughts

So, that is how I would interpret the King and Queen of Pentacles in combination in a Tarot general, love, and career or business reading. Remember, how you interpret Court cards in combination may be different for you, so it is best if you come up with your own combinations. 

Have you recently received these cards in combination? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below. 

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