Have you ever wondered which tarot court card best represents you? This is not such a silly question as many tarot spreads require you use a particular court card as your ‘significator’. The significator represents you or the person you are reading for, in a reading. It’s usually taken from the deck and placed, face-up, before the reading commences. So, without further ado, ask the question: which court card am I? And I’ll do my best to answer it. Firstly, we’re going to get a little technical by associating court cards with astrology.
Court Cards and Zodiac Signs
There are 16 court cards, so they don’t neatly fit into the 12 zodiac signs. However, the cards and signs do mesh according to their ruling element:
If you are familiar with astrology, you will know that the signs are divided into three modalities:
- Cardinal — Forward moving, focussed on a single direction — Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.
- Fixed — Consolidated and stabilizing — Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius.
- Mutable — Adaptable, flexible and changeable — Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces.
To assign these qualities to the court cards, we have to ignore the Pages because we assume that their personalities are not yet formed sufficiently to place them into definitive categories.
There are disagreements between various tarot scholars about which modality fits which rank of court card, but to me they are obvious:
- Cardinal — Knights
- Fixed — Kings
- Mutable — Queens
So let’s marry up these modalities to the court cards
|Knight of Wands||Cardinal Fire||Aries|
|Queen of Wands||Mutable Fire||Sagittarius|
|King of Wands||Fixed Fire||Leo|
|Knight of Cups||Cardinal Water||Cancer|
|Queen of Cups||Mutable Water||Pisces|
|King of Cups||Fixed Water||Scorpio|
|Knight of Swords||Cardinal Air||Libra|
|Queen of Swords||Mutable Air||Gemini|
|King of Swords||Fixed Air||Aquarius|
|Knight of Pentacles||Cardinal Earth||Capricorn|
|Queen of Pentacles||Mutable Earth||Virgo|
|King of Pentacles||Fixed Earth||Taurus|
You may find the above information is all you need to determine your court card. However, people don’t always fit into neat categories like that, so let’s take a more flexible approach to the court card personalities, and this time, we can include the Pages; the youngest members of the court card families.
Which Court Card Am I? Personalities
A note on gender: court cards are not restricted by gender, so a woman may feel that the description of the Knight of Swords fits her best, or a man may find that the description of a Page fits him better than a Knight or a King. That’s fine. However, for the purposes of brevity, clarity and equality, I’m going to assume that Pages (sometimes called ‘Princesses’ or ‘Knaves’) and Queens are feminine and Knights and Kings are masculine.
The Wand Family
Page of Wands — a young, or young at heart adventurer. Always open to new possibilities and eager to discover what life has in store. Excitable, yet patient.
Knight of Wands — a keen, creative entrepreneur, a passionate, but unreliable lover. Burns bright, but lacks stamina for long-term commitments. Cannot deal with boredom and is always on the go.
Queen of Wands — an enthusiastic, career-oriented person. Slightly disorganized, somewhat ditzy in her personal life. May have serial relationships until she finally settles. Has lots of friends and enjoys socializing.
King of Wands — a steady leader. Inspiring to others and is often the subject of hero-worship. Is always in control, but suffers from the occasional bout of irritability. Relationships are important to him, but often they are relegated to second place after his work. May marry more than once.
The Cup Family
Page of Cups — a young creative who enjoys expressing and exploring emotions. Very likely to be an artist or similar. Calm and wise beyond her years.
Knight of Cups — a caring lover who follows his feelings. Often too immature to understand that real love involves changing diapers as well as bringing roses and chocolates. Likes to share his feelings, and to talk and cuddle for hours. Won’t stay the course, though, unless he matures quickly.
Queen of Cups — a warm-hearted, loving woman who is ready to comfort a friend at any time. She is sensitive to the feelings of others and is often an emotional empath. She is also likely to have a well-developed intuition and possibly psychic skills. At times, she may withdraw into herself.
King of Cups — a man who appears calm and restrained. However, there may be hidden facets to his personality. He is either a harbor-in-a-tempest kind of guy, or he has many demons of his own. He could even be a mix of the two.
The Sword Family
Page of Swords — an articulate, intelligent young person who wields words with panache. They may be witty and verging on sarcastic at times. Always reading, always informing themselves, always exploring new ideas. They may be preparing for a life in politics or similar career path.
Knight of Swords — a young fighter. Always fighting for a cause close to their heart. Very focussed. Very intense. Highly intelligent. Difficult for some to get along with, but will settle eventually. Looks for a partner as dedicated as himself.
Queen of Swords — a woman who demands nothing less than complete honesty. She’ll not tolerate fools. She knows her goals and consistently works towards them. This queen is cool, calm and deadly. As an older woman, she may have a propensity toward gossiping and manipulating those around her.
King of Swords — a professional to the core. Has reached the pinnacle of his career and is highly sought after for his opinion. He is well-balanced and reasonable. Seemingly self-sufficient, yet he relies on a smooth-running partnership with his mate. Should that relationship end, he may fall apart.
The Pentacle Family
Page of Pentacles — a student of the world around her. She never loses her enthusiasm for learning. She’s curious, yet cautious. She will learn all she can about something before taking action. Quietly independent.
Knight of Pentacles — a loyal, hard-working guy. He appears to be a simple man with simple needs, yet beneath the surface he is fiercely passionate, and passionately protective. Once committed to a person or a path, he’s committed for life.
Queen of Pentacles — a practical woman, a nest-builder who is also likely to be a career woman. She is organized and reliable. Easy to talk to and happy in company or on her own. She’s no pushover, but will help anyone if she can see they are trying to help themselves.
King of Pentacles — a mature, easy-going, self-made man. He enjoys the finer things in life and has worked hard to achieve his ambitions. He’s happy to sit back now and reap the rewards of his endeavors. Yet, he can’t quite let go of the reins and is not hesitant in expressing his opinions.
So, Which Court Card Are You?
Have you decided yet? Still having trouble? Well, there’s nothing to stop you choosing two or even three cards to represent you. It’s possible you feel quite Page of Pentacles on some days, yet on others, you seem to be channeling the Queen of Swords. That’s okay. Choose whichever you feel most comfortable with at the time.
If you still can’t decide, try going through the 16 court cards and pick out the one that speaks to you. Sometimes, we simply have to trust our own intuition. Once you have definitely made your mind up which card (or cards) best reflects your persona, delve into the card’s energy. Learn all you can about it, and take its attributes into your heart.
Deck used for illustration: The Crystal Tarots by Elisabetta Trevisan, published by Lo Scarabeo.