Learn the Tarot Court Card Meanings

Learn the meaning of the tarot court cards.


Court cards can be confusing and there’s lots of ways to learn about them.

If you want to know more about them and how to find your own interpretations to understand the court cards so it makes it easier, be sure to check out Learn the Court Cards in Tarot to find out more.


To try to keep this post succinct as possible, here are a few key words for each of the court cards in tarot.


This also includes reversals for each of the court cards.


Court Card Tarot Meanings


Page of Wands


  • Journey on a new life path or physical travel
  • Starting a new project, adventure or work
  • Message or communication by mail – often good news
  • Ambition
  • Excitement about something
  • New opportunities
  • Ready for something new
  • Eagerness
  • Ready to jump into something new
  • Up for fun and adventure


Page of Wands reversed


  • Projects started but soon abandoned
  • Loss of interest in something that once was interesting
  • Enthusiasm fizzled out
  • Lack of direction or focus to get a plan in order
  • Misguided
  • Indecisiveness
  • Impatience
  • Reckless or careless
  • Immaturity (especially if thing’s don’t go your way)
  • News may arrive – something may fall through, disappoint, be postponed or cancelled or something not as hoped for



Knight of Wands


  • Initiative
  • Impatience
  • Daring
  • “Go get ‘em” attitude
  • Full steam ahead
  • Putting plans into action (but may have difficulty with fine details, directions or follow-though)
  • Taking action or the next step in a plan
  • Frequently or always on the move
  • Energetic
  • Vibrant
  • Passionate
  • Motivating


Knight of Wands reversed


  • Passion can easily turn into hate
  • Burnout / running out of energy or steam
  • Haphazardly or thoughtless
  • F*** sh*t up and not stick around to pick up the pieces
  • Short temper or prone to rage
  • Procrastination (there’s always tomorrow)
  • Losing interest easily or faking interest in something
  • Cancelled plans
  • Delayed/postponed/cancelled travel plans



Queen of Wands


  • Passionate and elegant
  • Creative flair
  • Smart business plans and strategy
  • Looks out for own interests and knows her worth
  • Provides service to others from what she knows and is skilled at
  • Influential
  • Fueled by desire
  • Charming and friendly
  • Warm and welcoming
  • Optimistic and positive in her outlook
  • Fierce and protective of what she loves


Queen of Wands reversed


  • Vindictive if crossed
  • Manipulative to get her way
  • Charming, but at a cost
  • Selfish – to do whatever to get what she wants
  • Overdramatic, overreacting
  • Deceitful, envious
  • Lacking self-confidence
  • Allowing others to manipulate
  • Jealousy or victim of jealousy
  • Mood changes (hot and cold)


King of Wands


  • A leader by example
  • Experienced and skillful
  • Believes he knows what’s best for others (with good intentions)
  • Someone who rather be hands-on to teach or show others how to do something
  • Can be pushy or dominant (but not intended to be intimidating)
  • Proud
  • Recognized for accomplishments, experience and skill
  • Worked his way up the ranks or ladder


King of Wands reversed


  • Dominant or bossy (his way or the high way)
  • Dogmatic or weak-willed
  • Rather be involved in a process than supervising or managing
  • Lack of experience or leadership
  • In over his head
  • Tries to “fake it until you make it” unsuccessfully
  • Rather follow than take the lead
  • Someone in a position of authority or leadership but isn’t viewed that way as deserving


Page of Cups


  • A lover or new romantic interest
  • A dear friend
  • Friendship
  • Someone in love
  • Finding something to love or be head over heels about
  • Someone who readily shares feelings or emotions
  • Empathic
  • Can suggest news about love, marriage, pregnancy, romance or something new to be happy, joyous and to love
  • Someone who is sensitive and caring


Page of Cups reversed


  • Denial of feelings or love
  • Overly sensitive
  • Escapism
  • Refusal to become vulnerable or feeling too vulnerable
  • Easily falls in and out of love
  • Unromantic or overly romantic
  • Insecurity


Knight of Cups


  • An invitation or offering
  • A profession of emotion, feeling or love
  • Someone who wears their heart on their sleeve
  • On a personal quest to gain something
  • Seductive
  • Interested and attuned to the arts, music, dance, poetry
  • Sensitive to the needs and feelings of others
  • Calm, passive, gentle and subtle in approach
  • Flattery
  • Chivalry
  • Courting in romance and on dates


Knight of Cups reversed


  • Moodiness
  • Retraction of love, feelings or professions of love
  • Deception
  • Thinking of only their own needs and wants in relationships and love
  • Insincere flattery
  • Trickery
  • Infatuation
  • Love or doing something for all the wrong reasons
  • Heart is just not into something or having second thoughts/regrets



Queen of Cups


  • Psychic / Intuitive (this card often appears for people who are psychic and/or tarot readers)
  • Empathic
  • Sensitive
  • Feels deeply and takes feelings into consideration when making choices and/or decisions
  • Loves beauty, arts, poetry, music and all things created out of love
  • Compassionate
  • Alluring
  • Sensitive, but doesn’t let it overwhelm her
  • Virtuous


Queen of Cups reversed


  • Neglects her psychic abilities and/or intuition
  • “If momma ain’t happy then no one is”
  • Emotional instability
  • Desire to escape from feeling overwhelmed by feelings or emotions
  • Cutting herself off from feeling emotional / denial of emotions as a way to protect the self
  • Inconsistency
  • Talking on too much psychic energy from other people causing burdens or imbalance
  • Smothering others or creating codependency
  • Withholding love or favours from others due to personal reasons



King of Cups


  • Keeps emotions and logic separate
  • Thinks with the head and not with the heart – but doesn’t mean he doesn’t understand it emotionally
  • Problems roll off him like water on a duck’s back
  • Hardly anything ruffles his feathers
  • Always calm, cool and collected
  • Emotions are usually even and level
  • Level-headed
  • Doesn’t let his emotions get the better of him
  • Doesn’t let personal matters affect his work
  • Feels more deeply than he lets others know


King of Cups reversed


  • Emotional overflow or emotionally unavailable
  • Melancholy
  • Escapism to dependency on drugs or alcohol or working too much
  • Emotions cloud judgement without regard for consequences
  • Feeling weak or belittled
  • Overprotectiveness of others or letting others fend for themselves while dealing with own emotions
  • Emotional outburst when pushed too far after staying in control
  • Can’t hide how really feeling or don’t care to hide how he feels


Page of Swords


  • Keen attention to detail
  • Communicative, decisive
  • Good at writing, language, research
  • News about legal matters, contracts, negotiations
  • Prone to gossip or hearsay
  • Suspicious
  • Easily put on the defensive
  • Quick with words and/or wit
  • Adaptable to change and changing circumstances
  • Expressive


Page of Swords reversed


  • Overly suspicious of others
  • Overly defensive or letting down your defenses
  • Trouble communicating ideas or writing things down clearly
  • Malicious gossip or lies
  • Secrecy or withholding information
  • Argumentative or starts to pick fights/arguments


Knight of Swords


  • Champion for a good cause
  • Fighting wrongs and making things right
  • Can be critical and decisive
  • Assertive and forthright
  • Honest and truthful – demands the same from others
  • A message that may contain a warning or caution
  • Believe they are right, need to defend their beliefs



Knight of Swords reversed


  • Argumentative – believe they are right no matter what
  • A bully
  • Easily upset or angered without knowing all the facts
  • Rushes ahead into an argument or dispute without knowing details
  • Refuses to listen to another point
  • May be prone to violence or altercations
  • May try to get away with something – a cheat or swindler
  • May be irrational in actions and/or thinking



Queen of Swords


  • Independent
  • Listens to all sides of the story before making a decision or opinion
  • Fair and just
  • Can be shrewd and critical, has a keen eye for discrepancies
  • Can easily cut cords and contacts as needed
  • Thinks rationally, keeps emotions out of the picture
  • Can be demanding, expecting perfectionism
  • Honest and expects it from others
  • Professionalism in all that she does


Queen of Swords reversed


  • Bitterness
  • Wounded from disappointments
  • Cold and distant
  • Overly critical or self-critical
  • May let more emotions come through instead of living restrictedly
  • May be deceitful or use guilt to get her way
  • Knows how to use a system to get what she wants
  • Supressed anger or sadness that may start to come to the surface
  • Vindictive
  • Hurting deeply, but lashes out at others
  • Turning within and withdrawing


King of Swords


  • Logic and reasoning overrule all
  • The “Spock / Vulcan” of Tarot / “Kolinahr”
  • Disciplined
  • Strict
  • Precise
  • Keen discerning eye for flaws, errors, mistakes or weakness
  • Doesn’t let emotions or feelings persuade his decisions or judgement, but is still fair
  • May already lean towards one decision or choice, but can be persuaded with valid arguments and facts
  • May be involved with legal matters, legalities, military or the law or medical profession
  • His word is always a promise
  • Stands by what he says, does and believes
  • Everything he does has to have a valid purpose or reason


King of Swords reversed


  • Confusion in regards to decision making
  • Mind is made up no matter what – can’t be persuaded
  • Can be heartless when it comes to judgement and decision-making
  • “All be damned”
  • Uptight
  • Ill-informed about a decision – not focusing on the right parts of the project, choice or story
  • Lack of focus or knowledge in certain areas
  • Harsh disciplinarian
  • Authoritative
  • Feeling treated unfairly or unfairly treating others



Page of Pentacles


  • Student
  • Learning new skills or taking up a hobby
  • Practical
  • Down to earth
  • Affinity or curiosity for nature
  • Cautious
  • Focus on physical health and the body
  • Beginning of a career or job
  • On the job training or new training
  • Loyalty


Page of Pentacles reversed


  • Not interested in studies or loss of interest in learning
  • Impatient with the learning process
  • Disconnection from reality or what’s happening – a desire to get away from day-to-day responsibilities
  • Everyday life and problems weighing her down
  • Ignoring the body’s needs or health concerns
  • Overly concerned with money – controlled by money or the need for it


Knight of Pentacles


  • Slow and steady
  • Thorough and see things through to the end
  • Careful planning and strategy to get the most in return
  • Taking care of the physical self and diet/eating habits
  • Dependable
  • Reliable
  • Trustworthy
  • Slow to return affections in love and relationships – they will stick around if interested, if not they will move on
  • Has long term plans and does things in the order they were planned or arranged
  • Perfectionist, but not neurotic
  • Loyal


Knight of Pentacles reversed


  • Stubborn
  • Materialism preferred over other connections
  • Laziness
  • Apathetic
  • Ignoring physical health, lack of needed exercise or quality eating habits; or
  • May be focused too much on physical health to the point of compulsive or obsessive
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Unemployment
  • Stuck in a rut


Queen of Pentacles


  • Loves a comfortable home, environment, workplace
  • Love animals and nature
  • Makes sure everything is handled, cared for, bills paid, food in the house
  • Enjoys finer things in life
  • May not spend always on luxury items but may have one or two “special/expensive” items that are cherished
  • Resourceful
  • Supportive
  • Needs security – most often financially
  • Speaks common sense
  • Good at managining and handling administrative tasks and responsibilities – keeping things running smoothly
  • May be a homebody
  • May like more natural things and nature – needs to ground often and feel stable
  • Organized


Queen of Pentacles reversed


  • May left others fend for themselves
  • Not a homebody
  • Spending may be erratic or spontaneous
  • Disorganized
  • Possessive or too carefree
  • Neglecting health or indulging too much with food
  • Lack of or too much exercise
  • Lack of financial security
  • Feeling less secure overall
  • Financial difficulties


King of Pentacles


  • Managerial presence
  • Keen business aptitude
  • A generous employer or boss
  • Involvement in finances, real estate, markets or business management
  • Practical and reasonable
  • Reliable
  • Often good with managing money or financial resources
  • Traditional
  • Seeks comfort, security and value
  • Provides for those he cares for



King of Pentacles reversed


  • A corrupt person, employer or boss
  • Disingenuous person
  • Fraud
  • Lack of taking care of finances or tracking spending
  • Lack of budgeting
  • Crude or crass behaviour
  • Insensitivity
  • Abuse or misuse of privileges, resources, responsibilities or finances
  • Overwhelmed by financial responsibilities
  • Manipulating authority or power



There we have it – The Court Cards Tarot Meanings.


Feel free to add these interpretations to your own or see if they work in your readings.

Follow your intuition always and hear what your spirit guides have to tell you in your readings.


To learn more about the Court Cards, be sure to check out Learn the Court Cards in Tarot.



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