A Deeper Understanding of the Tarot Court Cards
The 10 Sephiroth and the 22 Paths of the Kabbalah
We can gain a deeper understanding of the Tarot Court cards by understanding how the Tarot cards are mapped across the Kabbalah.
(Pentacles, Cups, Swords, Wands)
|2||Kings and Twos|
|3||Queens and Threes|
|6||Knights and Sixes|
|10||Pages and Tens|
|1||I The Magician|
|2||II The High Priestess|
|3||III The Empress|
|4||IV The Emperor|
|5||V The Hierophant|
|6||VI The Lovers|
|7||VII The Chariot|
|9||IX The Hermit|
|10||X Wheel of Fortune|
|12||XII The Hanged Man|
|15||XV The Devil|
|16||XVI The Tower|
|17||XVII The Star|
|18||XVIII The Moon|
|19||XIX The Sun|
|21||XXI The World|
|22||0 The Fool|
Life is about experiences; experiencing the physical-material realm through our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual bodies.
The Twenty-Two Aspects
There are twenty-two aspects that form each state of consciousness; there’s twenty-one divine energies and then there’s our higher self. Each of these twenty-two aspects are associated with a Major Arcana Tarot card, a letter of the Hebrew alphabet, and a Path of the Kabbalah (The Tree of Life).
The Four Suits
- Pentacles: The Element of Earth – The Physical Body (physical health and strength).
- Work, basic needs for survival, and remaining anchored and grounded on the physical-material realm.
- Swords: The Element of Air – The Mental body (mental health and strength).
- Intellect, thoughts, willpower, confidence, and independence.
- Cups: The Element of Water – The Emotional Body (emotional health and strength).
- Emotions, relationships, creativity, sensual pleasure, and sexuality.
- Wands: The Element of Fire – The Spiritual body (spiritual health and strength).
- Love, compassion, passion, and forgiveness.
The Four Court Cards
Our Roles and Personalities.
- Pages: The Element of Earth – The Physical Body.
- Students of their element (innocence, immaturity, excitement, and optimism).
- Knights: The Element of Air – The Mental body.
- Adventurers in their element (maturity, determination, active, and compulsive).
- Queens: The Element of Water – The Emotional Body.
- Channellers of their element (help, guidance, and support).
- Kings: The Element of Fire – The Spiritual body.
- Masters of their element (balance, control, and power).
The Four Aces
Kether, The Crown – The Divine Source of All Reality.
- The Ace of Pentacles: The Divine Kingdom – The Source of Our Physical Energy.
- The Ace of Swords: The Sword of Knowledge – The Source of Our Mental Energy.
- The Ace of Cups: The Cup of Understanding – The Source of Our Emotional Energy.
- The Ace of Wands: The Staff of Wisdom – The Source of Our Spiritual Energy.
The Numbered Cards (2-10)
Our Experiences on the Physical-Material Realm.
- Twos: Chokhmah, Wisdom – Gaining wisdom through the Divine source of all reality.
- Threes: Binah, Understanding – Understanding the principles of creation and destruction.
- Fours: Chesed, Mercy – The world of empathy, receptive intelligence, and spiritual virtues.
- Fives: Geburah, Strength – The world of power, courage, and cutting away all that keeps us from our spiritual growth.
- Sixes: Tiphareth, Beauty – The world of heart-centred awareness, harmony, and devotion.
- Sevens: Netzach, Victory – The world of faith, the unseen, and the unknown.
- Eights: Hod, Glory – The world of new beginnings, truth, and awakening.
- Nines: Yesod, The Foundation – The world providing a clear vision of the ebb and flow of reality.
- Tens: Malkuth, The Kingdom – The physical-material world.
The Sixteen Roles and Personalities
There are sixteen Tarot Court cards, they each depict a role and a personality that can be embodied at any given time (by a person or an experience). We can determine the outcome of our interaction with that person/experience by identifying the personality and the aspect of the state of consciousness that is currently embodied and then contemplating on one of the Tarot spreads in the following pages.
- PAGE 2 – The Kings
- PAGE 3 – The Queens
- PAGE 4 – The Knights
- PAGE 5 – The Pages