Reading the Tarot Court Cards

Tarot Court Cards

Even if you are good at doing tarot card readings, some of the cards are harder to read such as the tarot court cards. These cards will show up and they can be harder to interpret than the other cards in the deck.

The reasons that these cards are so hard to interpret is because they have different interpretations. Some people will read one way while others will read a different way. The differences between the interpretations can make the reading different.

Tarot Court Cards

There are sixteen court cards that come on a tarot deck. These are divided into each suit with there being a King, Queen, Knight, and Page. You can look at these cards as a family to make it easier.

The biggest thing to avoid though is gender and to make sure that you are looking more at the traits than the gender or the age.


The suits are important because each one has a different energy. Here are the suits and what they mean:

  • Suit of Cups: This is where your emotions come from, y our relationships, love, and feelings.
  • Suit of Pentacles: This represents earth and means finances and work.
  • Suit of Swords: This shows different decisions that you will make and is part of the air element.
  • Suit of Wands: This is how your passions come and your creativity and is connected to the fire element.

Ranking the Cards

You need to understand the ranks of each of the court cards so you can know what they represent. The King is the first card, and this represents the actions you take. You can understand this as being the leader of the court cards. Here are what the King cards mean:

  • King of Cups: Means being mature in your emotions and being able to have thoughtful ideas in situations.
  • King of Pentacles: This can represent having abundance and prosperity.
  • King of Swords: Represents logic and being able to plan for the future.
  • King of Wands: This represents being brave and being able to create things.

Queen Cards

The queen is the second in command and is a protective card. You can connect with others with these cards and get support. Once you understand the Queen card you can understand its elements. Here is what it means:

  • Queen of Cups: Means kindness and love.
  • Queen of Pentacles: Means balance and security.
  • Queen of Swords: Means hope and support.
  • Queen of Wands: Means sensuality and passion.

Knight Cards

The knight cards are part of the court that mean passionate. They help us to understand the future. Here are the knight cards and what they mean:

  • Knight of Cups: This is a romantic card and can mean to follow the heart.
  • Knight of Pentacles: Means working hard and improving life.
  • Knight of Swords: This can mean being brave and accomplishing things.
  • Knight of Wands: This can mean adventure.

Pages Cards

The page cards are there to show energy and curiosity. They are cards about discovering things. Here are what the page cards mean:

  • Page of Cups: Means connecting with your inner child.
  • Page of Pentacles: Can mean being loyal and progressing.
  • Page of Swords: Shows being fair and confident.
  • Page of Wands: Shows good news and hope.

Interpreting Tarot Court Cards

Once you understand what the court cards mean, you can interpret them during your tarot reading. There are different ways that you can interpret the cards and once you understand when these cards show up and know the situation, you will figure out how to interpret them correctly.

Court Cards as People

One of the most common ways to read the court cards is to see them as specific people. You can do this when you are doing your own reading. The Queen of Swords will show up as a career card and you will see that this can mean that you are working towards some career, and you are getting support.

When this card shows up, you can know that something good is going to happen in your career in the future. If the King of Pentacles shows up, you will know that you are passionate and you work hard. You will need to remember that the cards aren’t gendered and that the Queen can mean a man and the King can mean a woman.

Court Cards as You

You can also use the court cards to represent yourself. Everyone has masculine and feminine energies, and you can identify with energy of all ages. When the court cards show, you might wonder what the tarot cards are telling you. If you see the Page of Cups, this can mean that you are having problems in your relationship, or it can mean that you need to try love again.

Understanding the cards and how they relate to yourself is useful, but you might need to meditate and figure out what the cards mean exactly for you.

Influences of the Court Cards

The court cards don’t always mean you or someone specific, but they can mean an event or a situation. The cards are full of energy and whatever they are telling you can change the way that the meaning shows up.

The King of Swords card can come to you to show you that you are making strides in your goals and that you are using your smarts to reach these goals. When the knights appear, you might be able to use them as a way to interpret a need for change. The King has more authority, and the Queen has more compassion.

Knowing the Court Cards

No matter how many readings you get, everyone interprets things differently. You will know if you are interpreting the cards correctly by listening to your intuition. If you find the King of Cups cards and it is in a general position, this can mean that you are going to find love. Or it can mean you are reaching maturity in your emotions.

You need to listen to what your intuition is telling you and let it guide you. Figure out which interpretation feels right for you and go with it. Listen to whatever you gut feeling is telling you. You can look at the cards and clarify the answers.

What are the cards telling you? If you pull a card and you aren’t sure, take time to meditate on it. See if it is an emotional card to you. What do you feel that the card symbolizes and represents?

Let the Cards Guide You

It is important to let the court cards guide you. Even if they are confusing, they can help you to make good decisions. You will become great at interpreting them, and they will help you to know which direction to go in your life.