The Tarot Court Cards: Archetypal Patterns of Relationship in the Minor Arcana [NOOK Book]

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A detailed interpretive guide to the 16 ?face? cards of the tarot that reveals their core identities and special purpose in a person's life.

* The first tarot book to focus exclusively on the court cards.

* Shows how the ?face? cards ...
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The Tarot Court Cards: Archetypal Patterns of Relationship in the Minor Arcana

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Overview

A detailed interpretive guide to the 16 “face” cards of the tarot that reveals their core identities and special purpose in a person's life.

* The first tarot book to focus exclusively on the court cards.

* Shows how the “face” cards can clearly and accurately reveal the specific nature of the support-based relationships in one's life.

* Includes tarot spreads and potent techniques for contacting these powerful archetypes through meditation and pathworking.

The Tarot Court Cards
gives fresh meaning to the 16 “face” cards of the tarot--the King, Queen, Knight, and Page. In contrast to the idiosyncratic and confusing interpretations that are presented in many tarot books, Kate Warwick-Smith shows how these cards embody archetypal patterns of relationship that offer greater enlightenment than ever before.

Using the Kabbalah, she reveals the core identities of the Minor Arcana's court cards and their special purposes as supporters, detractors, inner resources, and challenges in our inner and outer life. She shows how the court cards can be used to identify your true tribe or clan--the specific people who support you in unique ways, such as your mentor, champion, protector, or healer. She also shows how the court cards can help you identify your inner resources and challenges--insight, discipline, passion, or greed--that enhance or hinder your efforts in the world. Using both new and traditional interpretations, the book also presents new tarot spreads and potent methods for contacting these powerful archetypes through meditation and pathworking. Both seasoned tarot readers and newcomers will find this book helps them achieve practical and insightful results.
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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
This book is an entertaining and thorough look at a neglected aspect of the tarot cards--the effect and relationship of the 'people,' or court cards, on divinatory readings. The author has created a unique system whereby the court cards can be 'read' to reveal individuals in our lives and the roles that they play.
deTraci Regula
"This book is an entertaining and thorough look at a neglected aspect of the tarot cards—the effect and relationship of the 'people,' or court cards, on divinatory readings. The author has created a unique system whereby the court cards can be 'read' to reveal individuals in our lives and the roles that they play."
Joi Eden
"Practicioners and students of tarot will find integrative perspectives, fresh lucid significances, and practical applications in this resource guide."
Diana McMahon-Collis
"I feel that this author offers a fresh, distinctly unique approach to working with the tarot Courts."
Rachel Pollack
“By looking at court cards from so many different perspectives, the author helps tarot readers everywhere better understand one of the more difficult parts of the deck.”
Isha Lerner
“Never before has a comprehensive study of the origin, meaning, and significance of the sixteen court cards been written. The Tarot Court Cards offers historical and mystical insights into the evolution of the court cards and their diverse meaning and uses. A treasure of a book.”
Nellie Levine
"This refreshingly straightforeward book is easy and quick to read, but intelligent and thoughtful."
Stephanie Mills
"With clean, clear, thoughtful writing, interesting history, at-a-glance tables, and plenty of stimulating how-to, this book expertly handles the Tarot deck's aristocracy."
Angeles Arrien
“A comprehensive and practical resource guide that offers valuable insight into our personal relationships. No other book addresses the sixteen royalty cards so thoroughly.”
author of Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom: A B Rachel Pollack
“By looking at court cards from so many different perspectives, the author helps tarot readers everywhere better understand one of the more difficult parts of the deck.”
Author of Inner Child Cards Isha Lerner
“Never before has a comprehensive study of the origin, meaning, and significance of the sixteen court cards been written. The Tarot Court Cards offers historical and mystical insights into the evolution of the court cards and their diverse meaning and uses. A treasure of a book.”
author of The Mysteries of Isis deTraci Regula
"This book is an entertaining and thorough look at a neglected aspect of the tarot cards—the effect and relationship of the 'people,' or court cards, on divinatory readings. The author has created a unique system whereby the court cards can be 'read' to reveal individuals in our lives and the roles that they play."
From the Publisher
"This refreshingly straightforeward book is easy and quick to read, but intelligent and thoughtful."

"With clean, clear, thoughtful writing, interesting history, at-a-glance tables, and plenty of stimulating how-to, this book expertly handles the Tarot deck's aristocracy."

“A comprehensive and practical resource guide that offers valuable insight into our personal relationships. No other book addresses the sixteen royalty cards so thoroughly.”

“By looking at court cards from so many different perspectives, the author helps tarot readers everywhere better understand one of the more difficult parts of the deck.”

“Never before has a comprehensive study of the origin, meaning, and significance of the sixteen court cards been written. The Tarot Court Cards offers historical and mystical insights into the evolution of the court cards and their diverse meaning and uses. A treasure of a book.”

"I feel that this author offers a fresh, distinctly unique approach to working with the tarot Courts."

"Practicioners and students of tarot will find integrative perspectives, fresh lucid significances, and practical applications in this resource guide."

"This book is an entertaining and thorough look at a neglected aspect of the tarot cards—the effect and relationship of the 'people,' or court cards, on divinatory readings. The author has created a unique system whereby the court cards can be 'read' to reveal individuals in our lives and the roles that they play."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594775598
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 5/5/2003
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 903,913
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

Kate Warwick-Smith is a counseling professional and has studied the Western Mystery Tradition for over 20 years. She lives in Sonoma, California, with her husband and two children.
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Court Cards Cast a Shadow

We live with challenging aspects of others and ourselves every day. For example, maybe we tend to be critical, or perhaps victimized, or we live with someone who is stubborn or deceitful. Alternatively, at work we may be faced with a boss who competes with or ridicules us. This chapter offers a starting point for changing difficult behavior and relationship patterns.

The Shadow Side of Court Cards
People in our life whom we might call “the bane of our existence” usually tend to throw us off balance or make us feel uncomfortable. Their influence varies, but typically detractors can make us feel worthless, powerless, used, vulnerable, angry, depleted, defensive, overly responsible, indecisive, or incompetent.
Detractors can also draw from us instinctive responses or “knee-jerk” reactions that can be related to the court card challenges. For example, we have just discovered that our lover is cheating on us (Betrayer). We might drown our sorrows (Self-Destruction), go on a shopping spree (Greed), plan revenge (Anger), feel powerless (Depression), or turn green (Jealousy). You can probably predict what combination of reactions you would have. In court card terms we have responded to a detractor with our own challenging behavior.
One way of averting this scenario is to recognize our inner experience (feelings and thoughts) before proceeding with the knee-jerk reaction--that is, make the unconscious process conscious. We have the opportunity to make choices about our response that will in the end strengthen us rather than bring us down. Also, if we are able to circumvent our instinctive urge, the other person has a greater chance of acknowledging his or her part in the problem, the situation does not escalate, and we avoid wallowing around in our own negative patterns.

Dispelling the Shadow
There are times, however, when our best efforts cannot accomplish this Herculean task of perception, self-knowledge, and self-discipline. We have indulged our passions and have fallen into the abyss of shadow. Now we must find a way to regain balance. Here is how the court cards can help.
Each shadow side of a court card can be worked with or counterbalanced by the harmonizing influence of another court card. For example, if I recognize that I am being intolerant and critical of others (challenge of the Queen of Swords), I identify supporters or resources that might help transform my feelings, thoughts, or impulses. Then, through seeking out the appropriate support or meditating on the harmonizing court card, I might find a way out of my “Cruella” persona.
Whichever court cards we choose to harmonize a shadow are unique to us and may change from situation to situation. In other words, if I am feeling trapped (Queen of Cups: Victim) and stuck in my feelings of helplessness, to get myself out I might try bringing in the energy of the Adviser (King of Swords) to gain intellectual understanding of the situation and to develop options. Someone else might seek out a Healer to bring in new physical energy to help ease the sense of depletion.

Shadow Spread
You can also use the court cards as an oracle to point you in the direction of healing. The following spread is intended to offer resources for working with a given shadow. The resources may be people in your life or within yourself.

Instructions
Separate the court cards from the rest of the deck. Select the court card that best represents the detractor or challenge that you are faced with. Place it faceup before you.
Shuffle the remaining court cards and select three cards. Place them below the card you have already chosen.

Interpretation
1. Notice which suits have been drawn. Does one suit dominate? This may give a good indication of what can help in the situation: spirit, love, knowledge, or power.
2. Next, notice the different levels of royalty. This may also shed some light. If you have lots of pages, perhaps you are needing to learn something new. Or if you have drawn several kings, you may need to exercise maturity and leadership. Queens look within, knights take action.
3. Finally, look at the specific support roles. Try to see how the energy they represent may help in your situation. Also take note of specific people they might be in your life. Perhaps these individuals have something to offer you in this situation.
4. Make sure to record your reading

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Table of Contents


List of Tables

Acknowledgments

Introduction



1 The Royal Family

Royalty: Our Connection to Divinity
Family: Our Link to Community
Royal Family Members as Archetypes
From Divinity to Divination

2 From Arrow Divination to a Game of Deputies:
A Court Card History

Arrow Divination (Belomancy)
Asian Cards
Arabic Cards
European Adaptations

3 Two Hundred Years of Court Card Interpretation

Court Cards as an Environmental Influence
Court Cards as a Type of Person
Court Cards Assume a Spiritual Dimension
Court Cards as Inner Potential and Talent
Support-Based Court Card Interpretation

4 A Qabalistic Equation
The Suits
Royal Hierarchy as Stages of Creation
Court Card Faces Revealed
Court Cards as Supporters
Court Cards as Detractors
Court Cards as Resources
Court Cards as Challenges
Identify Your Supporters and Detractors

5 The Wand Court in the Kingdom of Spirit
King of Wands
Queen of Wands
Knight of Wands
Page of Wands

6 The Cup Court in the Kingdom of Love

King of Cups
Queen of Cups
Knight of Cups
Page of Cups

7 The Sword Court in the Kingdom of Knowledge

King of Swords
Queen of Swords
Knight of Swords
Page of Swords

8 The Pentacle Court in the Kingdom of Power

King of Pentacles
Queen of Pentacles
Knight of Pentacles
Page of Pentacles

9 Divination with Court Cards

Reading Court Cards
One-Card Spread
Support Spread I
Support Spread II
Who Am I? Spread
Three-Card Support Spread
Tree of Life Spread
Astrological Wheel Spread

10 Court Cards Cast a Shadow

The Shadow Side of Court Cards
Dispelling the Shadow
Shadow Spread

11 Meditation and the Court Cards

Meditation
Stepping into a Court Card
Focal-Point Meditation
Assuming a Court Card Personality
An Introduction to Pathworking

12 Four Kingdoms, One Road
A Pathworking


Afterword

Appendix

Court Card Quick Reference Guide

Court Cards at a Glance

Comparison of Court Card Titles

Alternate Suit Names

Notes

Glossary

Bibliography


Tables

Key Events in the History of the Tarot
Suit Correspondence Table
Court Cards as Supporters
Court Cards as Detractors
Court Cards as Resources
Court Cards as Challenges
Wand Court Cards: A Range of Divinatory Meanings and Associations
Cup Court Cards: A Range of Divinatory Meanings and Associations
Sword Court Cards: A Range of Divinatory Meanings and Associations
Pentacle Court Cards: A Range of Divinatory Meanings and Associations
Court Card Supporters and Resources
Court Card Detractors and Challenges
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