But what do you MEAN?!
|The Queen of Swords from
Marie White’s Mary-El Tarot
Published by Schiffer
I once did a Tarot reading for a newly-engaged lady and in her Celtic Cross spread, there were NINE court cards.
Once I had dragged myself up off the floor and wiped the tears from my panic-stricken eyes, I set about giving the reading, my voice thin and reedy with stress.
‘Are you finding a LOT of people trying to tell you how to organise the wedding?’ I asked gingerly.
…and so, dear Reader, we come to the first meaning of a Court Card when it pops up in a reading – the energies of people who are somehow involved in the scenario in question.
It wasn’t too long into the reading until we had ascertained the other two traditional meanings of the Court Cards
a) the energies of the sitter herself and
b) the energies of the court card around the situation generally.
The majority of the Court Cards that arose were Wands and Swords and I asked whether the input from a lot of people was getting on her nerves – albeit well-intentioned.
Yes, she replied. Especially from the groom’s mother.
She pointed to the Queen of Swords (I was using the Rider Waite Smith for this reading). ‘What is it about that card that makes you think she represents your future mother-in-law’?’
The bride-to-be shrugged, reluctant to say anything.
‘I promise not to tell Evan,’ I said seriously, holding my hand up in an approximation of a court room oath. And then she was off like a hare out of the traps…..there was almost no sin that this poor woman was not guilty of….from wanting her grandchildren at the wedding, to disputing the flower choices, the vegetarian menu choices and butting in on just who was sitting at what table.
The thing is, I *knew* her future mother-in-law and although she was quite a powerful woman, she was not the shrewish manipulator that the bride was painting her out to be. Indeed, the future mother-in-law had been upset and hurt by the bride’s reluctance to even sit still and listen to any ideas that she had for her son’s Big Day.
….and that brings me to the final point that I wanted to make about the Court Cards when they tip up in a reading. The Court may just be a projection of how the querent sees someone’s energies, not how they actually ARE.
When I pointed out the positive qualities of the Queen of Swords – her social adeptness, her dislike of spin and bullshit, her unflinching honesty – the bride reluctantly agreed that they WERE qualities that could prove useful when planning a wedding.
We talked about this and the bride accepted that HER attitude to her family’s well-meaning input was spoiling the whole big run up to the day. And, tadaaaah! – the wedding was a great success!
So, to recap, in a reading, Court cards can mean one or more of three things:
The energies of the sitter
The energies of someone involved in the sitter’s scenario
The energies generally around the scenario
But perhapsthre is also a fourth interpretation….. the sitter projecting her own thoughts and fears onto other people and turning them into the Court Card.
What do you think yourself? I’d love to know if you have alternative ways to interpret the Courts.