The Tarot Court Cards

The Tarot Court Cards:

Pages = Touch = Fertility and growth = Pentacles = Earth

Knights = Sight = Passion and energy = Wands = Fire

Queens = Taste = Receptive and Flowing = Cups = Water

Kings = Smell = Clear and conscious = Swords = Air


The Tarot Court cards represent people in our lives and events, and even inner aspects of ourselves.   They are often seen as the most challenging subset of cards to interpret as there are many variations and subjective nuances possible.  Don’t let this put you off though.  We will take it one step at a time.

In relation to people:

  • Pages: Children or Teenagers, male or female
  • Knights: Young men from 18-28
  • Queens: Women, from 18 plus
  • Kings: Mature men, 28 plus

In relation to events:

  • Pages: Bring messages containing new information
  • Knights: Represent types of active energy, and events

Tarot cards Suit of Pentacles 

Pentacles = Green = Earth

Other Names: Disks, Coins, Stones, Diamonds, Skulls

Element: Earth

Birth = Earth = Pentacles = Pages

Astrological Signs: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

Moon Phase: Waning Cresent

Direction: North
Season: Winter 

Attributes: Passive, female, materiality, commerce

In regards to self: Body, Stability, Core, Balanced, Diligent 
Qabbalistic World: Assiah, the material world

Earth is seen as the material, the physical & the sensual. A Passive element, Earth allows for growth and development of foundations for future progress.  It promotes prosperity, and represents savings, growth, and stability.

Pentacles, represent all things material and physical, what you experience using your senses. They deal with your money, business, career, material possessions, your job, career, and your home. Working hard and building stable foundations are attributes of this suit. Pentacle people don’t mind working hard.  They are stable and dependable, often found as tradesmen, farming, business and real estate careers.

Keywords: money, power, sexual, strong, dependable, reliable, practical, capable, skilled, traditional, consistent, straightforward, grounded, sensible, growth, wealth, duty, down-to-earth, materialistic, wise, frugal, domesticity, home ownership, career minded

Suit of Pentacles – Element of Earth

Tarot of Dreams by Ciro Marchetti

Tarot Cards Suit of Swords

Swords = Blue = Air

Other Names: Staves, arrows, knives

Element: Air

Conception = Air = Swords = Kings

Attributes: Active, male

Astrological Signs: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

Moon Phase: Full Moon

Direction: East
Season:  Autumn/Fall

Attributes: Active, male, controversy, conflict

In regards to self: Mind, thoughts, fears, ambition, knowledge, intellect
Qabbalistic World: Yetzirah – the Formative World

Air is seen as the intellect, logic and reasoning. An active element, Air carries your thoughts, dreams and fears.   Your mind and thoughts can visualise many possibilities, yet only one path is actually possible.  

Swords represent logic, the mind and your thoughts. They deal with problems and troubles, planning, communication, ideas, fears, possible outcomes and their consequences.  In a tarot card reading swords represent your daily life struggles, fears, and problems in general. The very nature of a sword is sharp and penetrating. Combined with the swiftness of air, the combination can see situations arise quickly. The ability to think clearly means resolution is quick also. Sword people are great thinkers and usually drawn to academic careers.  You will find them in study, research, teaching, the sciences, law courts and libraries. They have a sharp intellect and think about all potential outcomes with a reasoning mind.

Keywords: decisions, worries, problems, issues, tension, communication, intelligence, conflict, arguments, logic, reason, cognition, ideas, inspirations, balance, equilibrium, intellect, intelligent, overthinking, forethought 

Suit of Swords – Element of Air

Tarot of Dreams by Ciro Marchetti

Tarot Cards Suit Of Wands 

Wands = Red = Fire

Other Names: Batons, Staves, Rods, Clubs, Staffs, Scepters
Element: Fire

The seed = Fire = Wands = Knights

Astrological Fire Signs: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

Moon Phase: New Moon

Direction: South
Season: Spring

Attributes: Active, masculine,  hot, dry, development, creation

In Regards to Self: Will, actions, desire, thoughts, passion, creativity, motivation

Qabbalistic World: Atziluth – the Archetypal World

Fire is energy and action, passion, drive and ambition.  It is an active element, it suggests change and is expansive.  It can be aggressive, and forceful.  The energy is pro-active and combines willpower with thoughts, ideas and drive for success.

Wands represent creativity, energy, passion and action. They cover your spiritual pursuits, your career and creative projects. Leadership, self-growth and general optimism are some traits of this suit. Careers are usually in business, they are leaders, entrepreneurial & sales focused. Wands people like to get ahead and are generally pro-active in all their activities.

Wands Keywords: creativity; vitality, sexuality, spirituality, vision, leadership, energetic,  outgoing, impulsive, vibrant, motivational, pro-active, spirit and spirited, optimistic, enterprising, business, careers, opportunities, sporting, competitive, growth, personal development, inspirational, enthusiastic, drive, ideas, goals, sexual, passionate, action, movement,intuition.

Tarot of Dreams

Suit Of Wands – Element of Fire

Tarot of Dreams by Ciro Marchetti.

Tarot Cards Suit of Cups

Cups = Gold = Water

The color gold because water reflects the container it is in.

Other Names: Chalices, Grails, Cauldrons, Vessels

Element: Water

The Womb = Water = Grails = Queens

Astrological Signs: Pisces, Cancer, Scorpio

Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent
Direction: West

Season:  Summer

Attributes: Passive, feminine, emotional, receptive, flowing, relationships, transformation, empathy

In regards to self: Emotions, love, receptivity, intuition 

Qabbalistic World: Briah – the Creative World

Water is seen as the emotions, your feelings, and your intuition.  Emotions like water can be deep or shallow.  Oceans are responsive to the moon, so pay attention if the moon card is also present in your reading.  This signifies a greater depth of intuitive and emotional influences at play.

Cups represent your emotions, feelings, your subconscious, intuition and psychic awareness.  They deal with love and relationships, inner feelings, your reactions or responses to emotional experiences, and the pursuit of emotional happiness. Cups people are sensitive and emotional, empathetic and creative.

Keywords: creative, intuitive, clairsentient, psychic, nurturing, receptive, imaginative, caring, relationships, love, dreams, sensitivity, romantic, artistic, spiritual, expression, flexibility, fluidity, calm motion, serenity, empathetic

Suit of cups – Element of water

Tarot of Dreams by Ciro Marchetti