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Multiple Court Cards

This post was written by Barbara Moore
on November 8, 2011 | Comments (5)

Tarot Court Cards

Understanding the Tarot Court has become a classic for those seeking to learn these fascinating cards in more depth. It not only teaches a wide range of possible meanings for individual cards but also explores what it means when one or more of a certain rank shows up. Much like saying if multiple Aces are present, the situation holds great opportunity, or if multiple 2s are in a reading, then there is a choice that must be made, multiple court ranks also brings extra information to a reading. Consider these interpretations that Mary K. Greer suggests, listed below. In the book, she details out many more and breaks them down into if there is two of each, three of each, or also interesting, none of a certain rank. This is just a taste…you would need to read the book to get the full scope of her meanings. This is just to get you thinking about it.

Multiple Kings: public recognition, publicity, being honored, a business meeting, conflicting “shoulds” and “oughts.”

Multiple Queens: gossip, coffee klatch, women’s group, envy, possessiveness.

Multiple Knights: lots of movement, high energy and dynamism, sport, military, training.

Multiple Pages: children, new ideas and plans, conflicting needs, play, learning.

Do you agree with any of these? Disagree? What ones do you use, or might suggest?


Reader Comments

Written By Jeno
on November 8th, 2011 @ 8:54 am

So, Multiple Queens = gossip, envy, possesiveness and Multiple Kings = public recognition, being honored, a business meeting…?

It sounds pretty sexist to me :/

Written By Jason
on November 8th, 2011 @ 1:55 pm

I find that when multiple queens pop up in a reading, it indicates that the querent is in a time of personal development or he/she is developing and nurturing new projects, relationships, ideas, etc.

In terms of outside influences, multiple queens oftentimes points to strong female/feminine influences in the querent’s life.

Written By Jase
on November 9th, 2011 @ 12:11 am

I see multiple Queens as an indicator for a time of growth and development. This could be specific to a project, career path, relationship, spiritual path, personal healing, etc. I see Barbara’s interpretations of the queens as “reversed” or “ill-dignified” meanings.

In addition to Barbara’s interpretation of the Kings, I also the presence of multiple Kings to represent a time to make decisions, appeal to a higher authority (e.g., a manager, parent, teacher, etc.) for help or guidance, or begin something new (take a different approach).

Written By Bonnie Cehovet
on November 9th, 2011 @ 2:50 am

Barbara –

I think that the Queens are being done a disservice. Also, there are 360 degrees of meaning to any card. Where the Court Card falls in a reading, along with the cards surrounding it, will help the reader determine what the meaning is within any given reading.


Written By Blackbird "BB"
on November 9th, 2011 @ 7:35 pm

The reading I always remember with 3Kings in play involved a older women; when they first popped up I thought for a split second; ‘Oh Naughty Girl’ but immediately after no, that’s not right; and despite all Tarot Convention went with that 2nd thought; which was right;
The 3 Kings were her Son’s – each in there forties, and thus Kings; an issue involving inheritance was in play, and each had a role in that drama.
I agree the 3 Queens = Gossip is quite sexist; but I think it will remain a challenge for sometime to move modern Tarot interpretation beyond its deep Patriarchal roots.

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