Tuesday, 14 February 2012

The Courts on Valentine's Day

Yeah, so it's a commercially-driven marketing man's dream and has no direct relation to the poor Saint who was kebabed with arrows.

And no, I didn't get one.

Our Tarot courts are made up of lots of characters with distinct personalities and today is a good day for looking at how the various court members relate to each other.

Take out your court cards and lay them down in random pairings and just look at how they physically relate to each other..... forget what you KNOW and just look at The Body Language ;-)

If the King and Queen of the same suit are facing each other - does it mean they are devoted to each other, or so wrapped up in their relationship they are neglecting other important matters.  What if she's looking out at YOU and he's looking at HER?  Has she got a wandering eye?!

What happens if you swap them around? She's still looking at you, but is he turning a blind eye?!



If they are facing away from each other - does this mean that they don't see eye to eye or are they confident enough in each other that they can pursue their own interests without worrying about each other?  Or are they each wrapped up in their own interests at the expense of their relationships?


In mixed suit pairings - are there Kings and Queens who look happier together than with their allocated suit partner?!

What about a Queen and a Knight? If she is looking at the Knight of another suit, does it mean that she's got designs on a younger, more exciting man? If it's her own Knight - could she be a helicopter mother?!

Kings and Knights - if they are looking in the same direction - is the King wishing he could recapture his own Knightly qualities?  Looking towards each other - an alliance between a senior and a junior?

What about the Pages - do Pages that stand back to back dislike each other? Not understand each other?

What might the various cards' gestures mean to the card you have paired it with?

Done them all?  Shuffle and do it again!!!

This little exercise can take ages - does it yield any additional insights for you with your court personalities?



Deck:  Rider Waite Smith.  Copyright US Games.  Artwork Pamela Colman-Smith.

10 comments:

  1. Wow, Alison, what an amazing blog! I can't believe i am discovering it only now! (But, to my defense - i just got into blogging a month or so ago ;)
    I linked it to my blog too (moderndayruth) and shared on the fb community's page! You made my day! Keep up the great work!
    Happy Valentine!
    Lena Ruth Stefanovic

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  2. Thank you - it's only been going since last week, but it's a great discipline. I started it up because Courts have a tricky reputation - undeserved in my opinion! Hopefully this blog will make Courts funner (as my son might say!) Your blog was recommended to me by my friend Viv and I've got it on my blog roll now, down there on the right hand side :-)
    Ali x

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  3. Great suggestions, Ali. I just feel a bit dizzy and nauseous when I think of all the combinations possible, and then multiply that by the number of decks I have *goes all weak and pale at the thought of spending the rest of her life shuffling court cards around*

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  4. It might be a good way to get to know new courts in a new deck. You'll be there for EVER if you try it with ALL of yours lol!

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  5. King and Queen of Wands in your example seem to be focused on what's coming. As if they can protect their realm more effectively by knowing what is coming. I see them as the couple who sleep in the same bed facing away with one foot touching. :D They know their relationship is good.

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  6. Oh, that's a lovely description, Arwen! Makes me think of the Pentacles ill-dignified: he's the slightly paunchy snorer (from over-indulgence in the finer things in life) and she's the wife who goes and sleeps in the kids' bed to avoid the snoring and cos they smell better than he does after a night of boozing :)

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    1. Somewhere along the line, I started living with that Rx King lol!

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  7. And the King and Queen of Cups have a rollercoaster relationship. Rarely are they both up at the same time but it's how they make it through life by supporting one another. :D

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    1. Niiiiice! I always think that the RWS King looks like he's lost his car keys :-D

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