Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Ethony Dawn, author of the new Your Tarot Court.
There are so many misconceptions about the tarot out there. For example, some people worry that a deck won't "work" if they buy it, as if the cards will only magically "turn on" if someone else gifts it to them. You need to pick your own tools so you can vibe with them (and, let's face it, we all have different tastes). In most cases, personally buying a deck is the only way that can happen.
Another lingering misconception about the tarot is that you have to be either a witch or have psychic abilities to use the cards. This misconception may have come with the way that tarot and tarot
Many people think that the court cards of tarot are antiquated and no longer relevant to modern people. They may be right, but for some reason even when deck designers rename and re-imagine them, people usually revert back to the traditional names. For example, when using a deck with a court card called Seeker of Air, they will use the traditional card name in addition to or even instead of the name given by the creator, in this case, Knight of Swords.
For better or worse, we can’t seem to release these names from another time. If we can’t let them go, perhaps we’d do better to try to understand them more deeply.
In Tarot Court Cards for Beginners, Leeza Robertson gives
Tarot Court Cards for Beginners
Leeza Robertson helps us to really understand the court cards of tarot. So many of us say that the ranks of Page, Knight, Queen, and King are not relevant to our experience and make no sense. Leeza helps by exploring what these positions meant in their own context. Once we understand what these positions were like, we can better understand the cards. In addition, she provides interpretations for what the cards mean in the following categories:
As a person
As an archetypal influence
As a spiritual influence
As a messenger
Here is how Leeza introduces us to the Pages:
In the world of tarot, the page can go by other names. It can be
The Ultimate Guide to the Rider Waite Tarot by Johannes Fieberg & Evelin Burger
Fieberg and Burger present lots of interesting tips in their book, many of which can apply to decks other than the Rider-Waite-Smith. For example, they share this:
A good way of achieving independence in interpreting the cards within a short space of time is to concentrate on the four suits. And when we regard the court cards as personalities that helps us to understand these four elements more fully.
Each court card represents an ideal type, a person who has complete and sovereign command over the element in questions.
The individual court figures within a suit display specific character