When learning the tarot it's really helpful to understand the core association with each of the cards. Once you know the basic meaning, the foundation of each card, you can then allow your own intuition to guide a reading.
As with a traditional deck of playing cards, each of the minor arcana suits features four royal or court cards. These "head" the suit and normally when they feature in a spread, they relate to a person rather than a situation or outcome.
Page - When a page appears in a spread it normally refers to a young person or someone with a youthful outlook and energy. It could also be asking the enquirer to remember what it's like to be young, to not take life too seriously. The page is associated with freshness and inspiration. New opportunities are being highlighted when the page appears. Take full advantage of this uplifting energy to start a new project, pursue and goal or to learn something new.
Knight - This card is associated with a person who is confident, passionate and highly attractive to others. When it appears in a spread the energy it brings is one of boldness and dynamism. This person is driven and wants to achieve. They are a good individual to have around when one is feeling stuck or uninspired. They will work with you to get the job done. Their motto is "act now, think later". However, in their pursuit of action, they may be impulsive and a little impatient. As long as you bear this in mind when drawing on this energy, and check in to see that no corners are being cut in the process of the task in hand, then this is a positive individual to have in your corner.
Queen - This court card represents a strong female energy. It could refer to a mother figure or a female mentor. The Queen is supportive and nurturing. When she appears, she is giving the enquirer permission to lean on her and to learn from her. She is here to make things run more smoothly, with her practical and resourceful approach to life. Her energy is one of love and compassion. This is someone who will not judge, who has patience and is fiercely protective of those around her. Draw on her energy to create an environment of calm and balance.
King - When the king appears in a spread it often refers to a father figure or counsellor or adviser. The king is authoritative and masterful. Draw upon this energy when you are faced with a dilemma. The king demands you look at a situation with total impartiality, place emotion to one side, and then come to a balanced decision. The king may sometime come across as detached and disinterested in your personal affairs. He is not. He simply sits back and weighs up a situation subjectively. He is impartial and will use his head, rather than his heart in any given situation. Use his counsel wisely.
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