Welcome to lesson 8

I hope you are having fun with the course so far.

The number of cards you should be working with will now be 62!! The Major Arcana (22) and the numbered cards of the 4 suits (40).

This should be developing a much more detailed picture in your 3 card reading and giving you a much better feel for how our thoughts, feelings, passions and aspirations are reflected in the cards.

These cards very much reflect events, feelings or thoughts. The Major Arcana, or Trump cards as they are also known, represent key events or situations of more importance in our lives, the Minor Arcana represent the more day to day or mundane aspects of our lives.

The cards we will move onto now are the court cards and these are a little more challenging to learn!!

The court cards, (the Page, Knight, Queen and King), can represent people, events, or aspects of a person’s personality. Confused already!! You will be!!

I, like many other Tarot readers, find interpreting the meanings of court cards in a reading quite challenging, and it takes a lot of practice and experience to build up your confidence with them.

Again, I have focused on simply giving you the key words and basic meanings for each card, it will be enough for this basic course anyway.

In this lesson, we’ll be focusing on the court cards for the suit of Wands and Cups.


Lesson 8 – The court cards of Wands and Cups

Just to remind you, Wands represent work and career and the element Fire, and the Cups represent love and emotion and the element Water.

There are 4 court cards for each suit – Page, Knight, Queen and King. In this lesson we will be focusing on the court cards of the suit of Wands and Cups.

Therefore there are only 8 cards to study in this lesson but because of the multiple meanings a court card can have, it’s enough!!

Take out from your deck the court cards for the suit of Wands and Cups and keep the remaining cards wrapped in your cloth.

We will start with the Page of Wands and end with the King of Cups. Just like previous lessons, focus on the first card, the Page of Wands, and try and memorize some of the key words associated with the card. Make notes of any words or symbols you get from the card before moving onto the next one. Do this until you have done all 8.

Page of Wands

– Astrological signs associated with this card are Leo, Aries and Sagittarius – this card can represent a child – male or female
– appearance – brown hair, blue or hazel eyes
– positive characteristics – loyal, enthusiastic, hard working

– negative characteristics – spoilt, impatient, hyperactive

possible event – lots of messages and communications, careful consideration of your next move as you may not have all the facts. A possible reunion with an old friend or lover.

Knight of Wands

– Astrological signs associated with this card are Leo, Aries and Sagittarius – this card can represent a young man less than 35 years of age
– appearance – fair hair, grey or blue eyes
– positive characteristics – vigorous, athletic, unpredictable

– negative characteristics – argumentative, violent, and jealous

possible event – dramatic changes in events; a move of home, travel possibly overseas

Queen of Wands

– Astrological signs associated with this card are Leo, Aries and Sagittarius – this card can represent a woman of any age
– appearance – red/fair hair, brown or blue eyes
– positive characteristics – warm, practical, homely yet independent

– negative characteristics – overbearing, matriarchal, vindictive

possible event – being over reliant on others, where being introverted or shy is thwarting your progress

King of Wands

– Astrological signs associated with this card are Leo, Aries and Sagittarius – this card can represent a man aged 35 or over
– appearance – red/fair hair, hazel or grey eyes
– positive characteristics – traditional, fair and courageous

– negative characteristics – autocratic, prejudiced, intolerant

possible event – a need to develop psychological balance and gain wisdom. Ideals and practicalities will merge, enabling you to act with integrity.

Page of Cups

– Astrological signs associated with this card are Scorpio, Cancer and Pisces – this card can represent a child – male or female
– appearance – fair/brown hair, brown or blue eyes
– positive characteristics – loving, caring, creative

– negative characteristics – selfish, scheming, insecure

possible event – easy to fall head over heels in love, but be careful of giving your heart so readily. Take heed of a friends advice as the object of your desire may not be all that they seem. Can also mean a need to study for exams.

Knight of Cups

– Astrological signs associated with this card are Scorpio, Cancer and Pisces – this card can represent a young man less than 35 years of age
– appearance – fair/brown hair, grey or blue eyes
– positive characteristics – enthusiastic, artistic/creative, passionate

– negative characteristics – devious, immoral, faithless

possible event – sudden changes in your emotional state, instant attractions and amorous relationships are indicated. Negative event – your feelings may be abused by a fickle lover.

Queen of Cups

– Astrological signs associated with this card are Scorpio, Cancer and Pisces – this card can represent a woman of any age
– appearance – brown/brunette hair, blue or brown eyes
– positive characteristics – artistic, affectionate, intuitive

– negative characteristics – disloyal, unfaithful, vain

possible event – being over emotional allowing your heart to rule your head, behaving irrationally. Wanting to make a gesture to show your affection for someone.

King of Cups

– Astrological signs associated with this card are Scorpio, Cancer and Pisces – this card can represent a man aged 35 or over
– appearance – fair hair, blue eyes
– positive characteristics – charming, life and soul of a party, good mediator

– negative characteristics – self centered, treacherous, secretive

possible event – diplomacy may be required as you may have to act as mediator between two factions. Negative event – you won’t be able to persuade rivals to come to an understanding.

Practical Exercise – now it’s time to practice the 3 card reading. You need only remove the court cards of Swords and Pentacles, as you should now be getting to grips with the rest of the deck. You can also try a reading with just the Wands and Cups suits.

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