So the Knights are clanking around in their armour, fighting for whomever they agree with THIS week….the Pages are running upstairs and downstairs, all excited at the newness of the world in which they find themselves. What about the Tarot Queens – where do they find themselves historically in this box of jewels that we call the Tarot Court?
Back in the day, women were handy to have around in much the same way as it’s good to have all your chessmen on the board: Daughters were useful for marrying off into strategic alliances, wives were good for bringing legitimate offspring to the game.
Valued as equals? Not really.
If you read through the lists of Queens from late Medieval to mid Renaissance Europe, there were very few who ruled alone, by design. Oh sure, there were some exceptions (Elizabeth I).
The Tarot’s Court Cards are my specialist area. They talk to me.
Not LITERALLY though ….