What is a Significator?
A significator is a card that is used in a tarot spread to represent the querent (the person asking the question). Â Not all readers use significators. Some don’t use them at all. Some use them only with certain spreads. Some use them in every reading. I suggest trying various methods to see what, if any, work for you. Also, try new methods (or revisit previously discarded methods) every year or so. You never know when something that didn’t work in the past will work in the present. This is one way I keep my reading practice fresh.
How do you select a Significator?
There are so many ways! Here are a few traditional methods. Next time, I’ll share a few modern methods, as well as ways to use significators in your readings.
1. Major Arcana Significator
This one is simple: use the Magician for a male querent and the High Priestess for a female querent.
The downside of this method is that it takes the card selected out of play. A solution? Use a Magician or High Priestess from another deck.
2. Physical Realm Significators
These methods rely on a querent’s physical appearance or birthdate to determine a significator. These are traditional methods and not ones that I favor for various reasons.
To use age as a method, use the list below to select the appropriate card court rank, then select that rank from the suit that most matches the querent’s personality:
- A Page for a child or young woman
- A Knight for a young man
- A Queen for a woman
- A King for a mature man
- Wands–fair skin with blond hair and blue eyes
- Cups–light to medium skin wiht light brown hair and blue or hazel eyes
- Swords–olive skin with dark hair and light eyes
- Pentacles–dark skin with dark hair and dark eyes
- Wands–Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
- Cups–Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces
- Swords–Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
- Pentacles–Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
- Wands–fiery, passionate, energetic person
- Cups–emotional, creative, sensitive person
- Swords–intellectual, logical person
- Pentacles–down-to-earth, practical person
Modern methods of selecting significators and effectively incorporating significators into your readings. What are some of your favorite techniques?