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I love the Court Cards!

My favourite group of cards, the first workshop I ever taught, and the first group of cards I cover in my book...

I love them because they are the characters in the Tarot deck, the people cards. And what makes a good story for me is always the characters!

It's been a while since I created a new crib sheet, this is my third (you can find my other two here)

My first was for my original Tarot students, they were very insistent that it would help. So, I created one to work alongside a 3-card reading.

The second was to celebrate the publication of a good friend's book (The Twisted Tree, by Rachel Burge) and gives practical advice for each card.

This is for the court cards, a snapshot of each card, with my choice of a fictional character to represent the card. This is just for illustration purposes; we will each see the cards slightly differently.

Page of Wands (Buffy the Vampire Slayer- earlier series)

  • Curious

  • Enthusiastic

  • Inspired

  • Can be easily discouraged.

Knight of Wands (The Doctor from Doctor Who, Ferris Bueller)

  • Innovative

  • Passionate

  • Motivated

  • Reckless

Queen of wands (River Song- Doctor Who)

  • Confident

  • Vibrant

  • Independent

  • Selfish

King of Wands (Sherlock Holmes)

  • Charismatic

  • Visionary

  • Resolute

  • Unsympathetic

Page of Cups (Daniel Cleaver from Bridget Jones)

  • Playful

  • Flirtatious

  • Affectionate

  • Escapist

Knight of Cups (Spike -from Buffy- for his romantic lead in the later series)

  • Romantic

  • Idealistic

  • Creative

  • Narcistic

Queen of Cups (Rose, from Titanic, Tara, from Buffy)

  • Intuitive

  • Empathic

  • Heart-led

  • Lacks boundaries

King of Cups (Dumbledore, Giles- from Buffy)

  • Considerate

  • Understanding

  • Responsible

  • Depressive

Page of Swords (Katniss Everdeen- Hunger Games)

  • Intelligent

  • Witty

  • Inquisitive

  • Volatile

Knight of Swords (Eve Polastri- Killing Eve)

  • Brave

  • Focused

  • Determined

  • Headstrong (stubborn)

Queen of Swords (Dana Scully, x-files)

  • Honest

  • Analytical

  • Logical

  • Vindictive

King of Swords (Mark Darcy in Bridget Jones)

  • Authoritative

  • Compassionate

  • Impartial

  • Ruthless

Page of Pentacles (Hermoine, Harry Potter)

  • Studious

  • Happy

  • Focused

  • Petty

Knight of Pentacles (Dr John Watson -Sherlock Holmes, Sam-wise Gamgee- Lord of the Rings)

  • Practical

  • Dependable

  • Methodical

  • Dull

Queen of Pentacles (Mrs Weaseley- Harry Potter)

  • Nurturing

  • Common-sense

  • Grounded

  • Materialistic

King of Pentacles (Del Boy - Fools and Horses)

  • Responsible

  • Abundant

  • Content

  • Greedy

I don't see the 16 court-cards as a hierarchy with any card being better than another. I see them as 16 personality types, and most of us are a blend of many.

I was tempted to put Buffy in as a Knight- but chose Page as I don't think she chose her role, rather took to it with enthusiasm and commitment (I would place Harry Potter as a Page for the same reason.)

It would be easy to see Giles and Dumbledore as the King of Swords, but I would argue both characters are wise, but their heart rules the day- moving them over to Cups.

Under stress I go straight to Queen of Pentacles (nurturing) and Queen of Cups (lack of boundaries). At my happiest I am the Page of wands- happy in my enthusiasm and curiosity.

I don't see the ranks as referring to our gender, rather our psychology, any one of us can be any one of the 16 cards.

My favourite Court-Cards- the DruidCraft Tarot


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