Court Cards

Each suit of the minor arcana contains four Court cards.

King: A king is a powerful ruler who exercises absolute authority over the territory he rules. Thus, the King of any suit represents a completion point: There’s no higher position to attain. The level of the King is where you release and let go, complete old tasks, and prepare for a new and more fulfilling way of life.

Queen: The Queen may portray a mature, capable woman, an authority figure who is nurturing and understanding, or a mother image, sometimes the querent’s real mother. With the Queen, you achieve a level of maturity and self-confidence.

Knight: At the level of the Knight, you are fully aware of your path, and your aims are clear. You feel an intense sense of dedication—to a project, an idea, a person. You’ve taken risks and gotten yourself together for the task at hand, and you are focusing your energies totally toward accomplishing your goal, in order to make the risk worthwhile.

Page: The Page represents preparing yourself in order to succeed at something. It involves being willing to assume a subordinate role—as younger people often are—and to learn about commitment. The Page is about challenging yourself, developing your inner resources, and taking something to a greater stage of accomplishment. You may experience some hesitancy, or feel that you are not fully prepared for the task, but you still hope the situation will turn out as you anticipate.

Generally speaking, the cards of the Minor Arcana represent lesser, or mundane, lessons. They show the everyday concerns, situations, challenges, and achievements you experience in your personal life. As such, they also present advice and describe conditions and possibilities related to the subject of a reading. When many (or all) of the cards in a reading come from the Minor Arcana, it’s safe to say your future is in your own hands. Your decisions and actions will produce your future. You have the ability to control your destiny.

The Cards

About the Deck: “Ciro Marchetti’s Tarot of Dreams” from