Several years ago I went to all girls dinner party where I didn’t know anybody except the host.
When I entered the kitchen I was horrified to see that nearly every girl there looked the same. They all had these Justin Bieber haircuts (circa 2009) and names like Kellie, Suzie and Tawnie.
So picture a roomful of women with hair like this:
Even worse, they all had similar, professional-type jobs and wore identical denim capri pants.
How was I going to tell them apart?
Upon my arrival, their laughter stopped and they immediately began murmuring quietly to each other, leading me to conclude that they all hated me and I was a complete failure at everything.
In retrospect, maybe I was just feeling really insecure that day.
After meeting each of them I promptly forgot all their names. But as the night progressed I got to know each of them a little better and realized that there were, in fact, some slight differences between them.
By the time I left they seemed like a bunch of individuals and not a mob of identical Bieber-haired Stepford wives.
So now you’re thinking well that’s nice, but what the f*&k does this have to do with Court Cards?
Here’s the deal: my theory is that the Court Cards are hard to learn and read because they all look so similar.
Almost every Tarot reader will tell you that the Court Cards can be a major pain in the ass. For years I felt this way – often crossing my fingers that I didn’t get a bloody Court Card!
Because when I taught myself Tarot, I never really got the Court Cards. Sure, I read all about them in my Tarot books, but I could never remember what they were supposed to mean and I always felt confused when one turned up in a reading.
But once you get to know the Court Cards (just like I got to know those Bieber beotches), they will start making sense.
1. Choose a Court Card from your Tarot deck (for this exercise I am going to go with the Queen of Swords)
2. Get a general sense of what this card is all about. If you don’t know your Courts very well, look up the meaning in a book or google it.
3. Go deeper: think of your Court Card as an actual person and really get to know them.
*Download and print off this worksheet to get started.
Here's how I did this for the Queen of Swords....
Court Card: Queen of Swords
Personality keywords: smart, judgmental, clear headed, speaks her mind, confident
Favorite hobbies: reading intellectual books and making to-do lists
Best asset: clear communicator
Worst character flaw: judgmental and bitchy
Possible careers: professor, teacher, translator, speech writer
Blocks/challenges: being stuck in her head and thinking too much
Goals & dreams: to get a PhD and establish her career, write an instructional book of some sort
Biggest fear: having to work at Burger King to pay her bills OR having to sit through The Notebook again.
So now you can see that a memorable, distinct personality is emerging. Whereas before you may have thought of the Queen of Swords was just another boring, Queeny card. NOT SO! Please feel free to share your own card and responses in the comments below 🙂