September 06, 2011

Which Court Card describes your personality?

A part of the Tarot deck of cards consists of Court Cards. These are similar to the Court cards in a normal playing cards deck i.e. Jack, Queen and King for the 4 suits: Spades, Diamonds, Clubs and Hearts. Similarly, in the Tarot deck we have 4 Court Cards for the 4 suits: Cups, Pentacles, Swords and Wands.

So we have 16 personality types which are : King of Wands, Queen of Wands, Knight of Wands, Page of Wands, King of Cups, Queen of Cups, Knight of Cups, Page of Cups, King of Swords, Queen of Swords, Knight of Swords, Page of Swords, King of Pentacles, Queen of Pentacles, Knight of Pentacles and Page of Pentacles. If we use reversals, we can get 32 personality types by interpreting them differently if the card falls upside-down.

During different phases of our life, we embody different personality types. Sometimes we are blinded by love, sometimes concentrating on our career, sometimes we are a dutiful wife and sometimes a mean boss. Depending on the different roles play in our lives, our personalities keep on changing. So, how do we decide which Court card we are? When we do a reading, if a particular Court card keeps on coming in a reading when you ask questions about yourself, then that is you. Another way to find that out could be to remove the 16 Court cards from a pack and ask them which card is your personality. Knowing your true nature can help you in a number of ways. You will learn to be happy with the way you are and accept yourself. Many people are embarrassed of their true nature. They wish that they were more street smart and clever, while some wish that they can display their emotions to loved ones. Everyone's personality is unique and there is nothing to be embarrassed about because every personality is beautiful and has its plus points.

I did the following reading for myself using only the Court Cards of the Robin Wood deck.

What Court Card represents my personality?

Personalities and our Court cards will keep on changing depending on the activities and events going on in our life - if we are getting married or being promoted. These are not exactly stereotypes, but we can call them archetypes which are a part of our soul. The card I picked was the Page of Swords. He is quick, agile and alert. He tries out new ideas and combines physical and mental challenges. This is true because I am doing many things currently involving new ideas. The Swords rule thought and intellect. I am also in the nascent stage of my Ph.D so that's why the Page has appeared. This card represents logic, languages (I took past in an Italian cinema workshop), writing and speaking(my blog!), research (Ph.D), design, investigation, computers and technology( I do sit a lot on my comp these days). This card says that I need to be vigilant and watchful. I could also be defensive and suspicious. Also immature and inquisitive at times. I have an openness and hunger for new ideas.

What qualities should I add to my personality?

I need to adapt my airy ideas into material prospects like the Queen of Pentacles. I need to learn a lot from her. She is about hospitality, gracious living and material well-being. She is practical and resourceful with an interest in business, homemaking, nature and animals. She is an all rounder who equally balances her home life and career. I need to learn from her so that my balance doesn't  get too lop-sided. She cares about her body and food. Mostly, she is wealthy and good at corporate management. (I am so bad at that! :-S) She is a motherly person, down to earth and stable. I guess I  need to learn a lot from Mrs. Practical and Organized :-P

Adopting qualities from other Court cards helps us achieve a balance. Why don't you try this exercise and tell me what cards you pulled out? I could help you with interpreting it. :-)

You could also check out this link
It tells you your personality type based on the Myers-Briggs system. Its interesting, I got the Knight of Cups. Here is my personality copy-pasted from the website:


You are devoted and compassionate. You have a well-developed distaste for rules, orders and schedules. You are a natural born learner and can get so absorbed in your projects that you forget those around you. You are passionate about your beliefs and love ideals. You have very high standards for yourself. You are very creative, sensitive, reserved, and introspective. You respect the values of others and expect them to respect yours.

In relationships you are loyal and totally committed. You prefer a few deep relationships over a horde of acquaintances. Because you are somewhat reserved, you do best in one on one and small group situations. When you feel comfortable, you can be very entertaining and capricious. You are nurturing and supportive by nature. You greatest social challenge is to balance your need to withdraw into your inner-world with your need to keep a strong connection with those you care for.

Occupations Suited to Your Type Include: 

Actor, architect, artist, composer, editor, translator, journalist, librarian, musician, occupational therapist, psychotherapist, educator, researcher, scientist, and writer.

Suggested reading:

Understanding the Tarot Court by Mary K Greer
The Tarot Court Cards: Archetypal patterns of Relationship in the Minor Arcana by Kate Warwick-Smith

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