Tarot 101: Know Thyself with the Tarot Courts & Astrology
I got loads of ideas about tarot and tarot spreads from the last Tarot Blog Hop I just participated in. I was particularly struck by Karen Sealy's spread looking at your "Birth Courts" as a way to get to know yourself better.
The approach I took was by combining elements, modality, and court card properties (ignoring the pages) to figure out what card is associated with which sign. It's fun to work it out on your own, but I love a good resource so I borrowed Labyrinthos' handy infographic for your reference. They also have an entire post about working with the courts that you should absolutely check out.
The Pages are missing and I figured it was about there only being 12 astrological signs but as you get deeper into the background theory it's more about the Pages not being developed enough to associate a correspondence. I also had a hard time seeing the Kings as mutable and the Knights as fixed. I'd switch them up personally.
On the other hand Knights can get a bit stuck in the energy of there suits can't they? Stubborn, dogged, and absolutely committed whether it's a good idea or not. Kings on the other hand affect change externally. And if anything would convince me it's the King of Earth being a Virgo because... well, if you know a Virgo you get what I mean.
The spread is simple, you take your Sun, Moon, and Rising sign and find the corresponding court card.
The complete spread has a fourth card, the Gift, that you pull from your cards as usual to give you an extra bit of wisdom for how to combine all the energies in the three previous card. I didn't do that this time because I was working with a deck I'm still getting to know... and I was too lazy to go digging for a deck I'd want to use for this spread.
Okay, without further ado, my reading with this spread.
What a spread! I feel a bit exposed actually, like I've given you all my secret codes. So if you don't mind, I think I'll keep the thoughts to myself as I work them out and I go deeper with the spread. This may change and I'll come back and update this piece.
This activity would be great for tarot journaling or art collage work, and I know I'll be doing all kinds of reflection with this loveliness. Another great idea is to work the spread with multiple decks just to see what else comes through or changes.