Court Cards

General Notes on the Court Cards:


  • Princes and Queens show almost always actual men and women connected with the matter.

  • Kings (Knights) sometimes represent coming or going of a matter.

  • The Princesses show opinions, thoughts, ideas, either in harmony with or opposed to, the subject.




He is active ---generous ---fierce ---sudden ---impetuous.

If ill dignified, he is evil-minded ---cruel ---bigoted ---brutal.




Adaptability, steady force applied to an object, steady rule, great attractive power, power of command, yet liked notwithstanding. Kind and generous when not opposed. If ill dignified, obstinate, revengeful, domineering, tyrannical, and apt to turn against another without a cause.




Swift, strong, hasty; rather violent, yet just and generous; noble and scorning meanness. If ill dignified ---cruel, intolerant, prejudiced and ill natured.




Brilliance, courage, beauty, force, sudden in anger or love, desire of power, enthusiasm, revenge. If ill dignified, she is superficial, theatrical, cruel, unstable, domineering.

Minor Arcana

  1. It symbolizes Force ---strength, rush, vigor, energy, and it governs, according to its nature, various works and questions. It implies Natural, as opposed to Invoked, Force.

  2. Strength, domination, harmony of rule and of justice. Boldness, courage, fierceness, shamelessness, revenge, resolution, generous, proud, sensitive, ambitious, refined, restless, turbulent, sagacious withal, yet unforgiving and obstinate.

  3. Established force, strength, realization of hope. Completion of labor. Success after struggle. Pride, nobility, wealth, power, conceit. Rude self-assumption and insolence. Generosity, obstinacy, etc.

  4. Perfection or completion of a thing built up with trouble and labor. Rest after labor, subtlety, cleverness, beauty, mirth, success in completion. Reasoning faculty, conclusions drawn from previous knowledge. Unreadiness, unreliable and unsteady through over-anxiety and hurriedness of action. Graceful in manner, at times insincere, etc.

  5. Violent strife and boldness, rashness, cruelty, violence, lust, desire, prodigality and generosity; depending on whether the card is well or ill dignified.

  6. Victory after strife: Love: pleasure gained by labor: carefulness, sociability and avoiding of strife, yet victory therein: also insolence, and pride of riches and success, etc. The whole dependent on the dignity.

  7. Possible victory, depending on the energy and courage exercised; valor; opposition, obstacles and difficulties, yet courage to meet them; quarreling, ignorance, pretense, and wrangling, and threatening; also victory in small and unimportant things: and influence upon subordinates.

  8. Too much force applied too suddenly. Very rapid rush, but quickly passed and expended. Violent, but not lasting. Swiftness, rapidity, courage, boldness, confidence, freedom, warfare, violence; love of open air, field-sports, gardens and meadows. Generous, subtle, eloquent, yet somewhat untrustworthy; rapacious, insolent, oppressive. Theft and robbery. According to dignity.

  9. Tremendous and steady force that cannot be shaken. Herculean strength, yet sometimes scientifically applied. Great success, but with strife and energy. Victory, preceded by apprehension and fear. Health good, and recovery not in doubt. Generous, questioning and curious; fond of external appearances: intractable, obstinate.

  10. Cruel and overbearing force and energy, but applied only to material and selfish ends. Sometimes shows failure in a matter, and the opposition too strong to be controlled; arising from the person's too great selfishness at the beginning. Ill-will, levity, lying, malice, slander, envy, obstinacy; swiftness in evil and deceit, if ill dignified. Also generosity, disinterestedness and self-sacrifice, when well dignified.