The General Meanings Of The Court Cards

(These are the meanings in the most general sensĀ£.)

The Four Kings

"The Four Kings or figures mounted on steeds represent the Yod forces of the Name in each suit, the radix, Father, and commencement of Material Forces. A force in which all the others are implied and of which they form the development and completion. A force swift and violent in action, but whose effect soon passes away, and therefore symbolized by a figure on a steed riding swiftly, and clothed in complete armour.

"Therefore is the knowledge of the scale of the King so necessary for the commencement of all magical working."

The Four Queens

"The Four Queens are seated upon thrones, representing the Forces of Heh of the Name in each suit, the Mother, and bringer forth of Material Force, a force which develops and realizes the force of the King. A force steady and unshaken, but not rapid though enduring. It is therefore symbolized by a figure seated upon a throne but also clothed in armour."

The Four Princes

"These Princes are figures seated in chariots, and thus borne forward. They represent the Vav Forces of the Name in each suit; the mighty son of the King and the Queen, who realizes the influence of both scales of Force. A prince, the son of a king and queen, yet a Prince of Princes, and a King of Kings. An Emperor, whose effect is at once rapid (though not so swift as that of a king) and enduring (though not as steadfast as that of a queen). It is therefore symbolized by a figure borne in a chariot, and clothed with armour. Yet is his power illusionary, unless set in motion by his Father and Mother."

The Four Princesses

"The Four Princesses are the knaves of the Tarot pack. The four Princesses or figures of Amazons standing firmly by themselves, neither riding upon horses, nor seated upon thrones, nor borne on chariots. They represent the Force of Heh Final of the Name in each suit, completing the influence of the other scales. The mighty and potent daughter of a king and queen; a princess powerful and terrible. A Queen of Queens, an Empress, whose effect combines those of the King, Queen and Prince. At once violent and permanent, she is therefore symbolized by a figure standing firmly by itself, only partially draped and having little armour. Yet her power existeth not save by reason of the others, and then indeed is mighty and terrible materially, and is the Throne of the Forces of the Spirit. Woe unto whomsoever shall make war upon her when thus established!"

In a divination the Court cards almost always represent persons connected with the matter in question (Kings-men, Queens-women, Princes-young men, Princesses-young women). The Kings represent Potential Power, Queens are Brooding Power, Princes symbolize Power in Action, and Princesses represent Reception and Transmission.


After the reader has become familiar with the fundamentals of the Tarot, he or she may begin performing divinations with the cards. Once again we must stress that a perfect reading is not apt to occur the very first time that one picks up the deck. However in time, with practice, anyone can learn the art. The first thing the student should do is decide what Tarot spread (method of placing the cards in a reading) has the most personal appeal. There are many different Tarot spreads from which the reader may choose. The most important thing about choosing one particular technique over another is consistency. Learning one method well is far better than learning twenty methods poorly. Here we will present a few different Tarot spreads for the reader to explore.


(The Cicero Spread) For Tarot Divination

This layout (our personal favorite) is simpler to use than the traditional Golden Dawn method and is quite reliable for rapid divinations. Its advantage over the Celtic Cross spread is that it eliminates the need for reversed cards, depending instead upon neighboring cards for interpretation.

Before starting a reading, the diviner should remove one of the two Temperance cards. The two versions are necessary in Golden Dawn Ritual, but only one is needed for a proper divination.

At the start of any reading it is best to meditate and to invoke the Divine. This not only aligns the reader with the Higher Forces, but it also sets the stage for reliable psychic interpretations.

Take the deck of cards in the left hand, and with the right hand hold the wand (or other magical implement) over them. Visualize a brilliant sphere of white light just above one's head say:

"In the Divine name IAO (ee-ah-oh) I invoke thee, thou Great Angel HRU, who art set over the operations of this Secret Wisdom. Lay thine hand invisibly on these consecrated cards of art, that thereby I may obtain true knowledge of hidden things, to the glory of the ineffable Name. Amen."

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