Throughout the course of this blog, I’ve recommended interpreting the Court Cards primarily as individual people, and not as a reference to psychological states. Although I still think this is absolutely the best way to learn, I want to share with you a very simple approach to interpreting two Court Cards in a Tarot spread.
This is a method that I use all the time, and I’ve found it to be enormously helpful, especially when the combination of other cards makes it difficult to figure out the overall story behind a reading.
In order to make this article as helpful as possible, I want to present the information as a quick tip. In order to do that, I’m going to describe a common scenario for which I’d use this method.
Example Tarot Reading
Imagine that the client is a male, in his thirties, and he’s enquiring after his love life. That’s all we know. We don’t know what state his relationship is in, even if he has one, or what his sexual orientation is. We know nothing beyond the fact that he is a male, and he’s asking after his love life.
Now, imagine that none of the cards make much sense to you, and that the only cards that are grabbing your attention, are Court Cards; unfortunately, the Court Cards don’t tell us much, except that that there are potentially other people involved (always a good sign in a relationship reading).
Let’s say that there are two Court Cards involved in this reading; one of them is the Knight (or Prince) of Disks, and the other is the Knight (or Prince) of Cups. Normally, I would advice that you interpret them as two separate people (or at the very least, as representing the client and one other unique person); or as events that are either approaching or departing. However, because we don’t actually understand what the other cards are indicating, that assessment could end up being a mistake.
Under these sorts of conditions, I’ll interpret both the Court cards, in this particular example, as belonging to the client. I would (and do so often) make a leap of faith, and state that the client is already with someone (Knight of Disks) but wants to be with someone else (Knight of Cups).
Caution: Only use this technique when your intuition is telling you that this is the most likely scenario. There’s no way to be absolutely certain, it’s not an exact science.
Next, I would then look to the other cards to see if I could find collaborating evidence. For instance, perhaps the Hierophant is present within the reading. In this case, I might conclude that he’s actually married (Knight of Disks), that he’s a traditional kind of guy, but has developed romantic feelings (Knight of Cups) for someone else.
Conclusion – Final Thoughts
Naturally, if I couldn’t support this method of interpretation with the other cards, even loosely, then I’d abandon this method. However, nine out of ten times, I’ve found this method of interpreting Court Cards to be extremely helpful.
Do you use something similar? Is there a system that you use which helps you to confidently predict when Court cards represent the client, or other people? Did you agree, or disagree with my approach? I’d love to hear other peoples thoughts on this. I’ll see you in the comments