What’s The Significance In The Way Tarot Cards Face?

When using tarot cards or having your tarot cards read by a qualified psychic, it’s important to understand and correctly interpret the metaphysical truths of the cards. You should also be familiar with the themes and what they symbolize.

To maximize the experience, be sure to have your psychic thoroughly explain the significance of the court cards. They should also explain the direction that the images face on the card. This interpretation is common in classic Marseille-type readings. It can be crucial in discerning the true meaning of the spread and the message delivered to you.

The cards all fall under four suits that signify different meanings and characteristics depending on several factors. Things such as the suit itself and the direction the person faces on the card. The suits are wands, pentacles, cups, and swords. The court cards within the suits are the kings, queens, knights, and page cards.

These cards display specific characteristics and interactions with the world and signify actions and behaviors we should embody or avoid in our own lives. The two most generally recognized tarot card decks are the Rider-Waite and Crowley. It is important to discern which system the tarot reader uses when you get a tarot card reading. For our purposes, we will focus on the Rider-Waite system, as it is the most popular.

The Rider-Waite Court Cards

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Court cards typically represent a person in your life, either past or present, or even yourself. Making this distinction early in the reading is essential to a successful reading. Also, court cards can have more literal or symbolic interpretations.


Kings are known as masculine and assertive cards. Sometimes they’re read as “managers.” They often represent males or individuals who demonstrate mastery and control over certain aspects of life.


Queens are creators and often masters of the home. They represent feminine energies or domestic priorities, including passion and amorous intent.


The Knight card shows the knights mounted on horseback. They often signify “movement” or “journeys.”


Pages are natural messengers and can often be critical in relaying true meaning or significance in the tarot spread. These are just a few of the many interpretations a professional can make in a tarot spread. It’s best for someone with experience and the ability to discern beyond superficial understanding to read the cards’ often complex and dynamic interactions. That is especially the case regarding their position on the card and with one another.

Directions Of The Court Cards And Communication

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Just as people exhibit certain behaviors or characteristics, the cards will embody these behaviors in the reading. 

The direction and characteristics of the card itself will help you determine its true significance in your life or specific circumstance.

For example, two knights facing one another may signify a playful exchange or an immature relationship. Because knights can represent immaturity, playfulness, or abundance of spirit, the position of the cards can demonstrate body language and how the cards interact with one another. In another scenario, you may experience a queen and a king card placed, both persons facing away from one another.

Similar to real life, looking away from someone can be interpreted differently. It could be that they’re distracted by something else or angry with us. Or perhaps they’re simply not interested in what we have to say. They could also try to get our attention by playing “hard to get.” You can interpret these same scenarios from the cards, always keeping the suit and ranking of the court cards in mind to determine the ultimate answer or message.

However, this process can be pretty complicated. A qualified psychic is the best equipped to help you accurately interpret these readings as they apply to your life. Misunderstandings between people happen sometimes, and the court cards are no exception. In the instance of a king and queen who seem at odds with one another, it can signify various things.

Kings often represent assertive control and mastery and are considered masculine, while queens are mature, feminine, and associated with feelings of being relaxed and natural. As you can imagine, we could interpret this scenario in many ways. Only by asking the tarot reader divining questions can we uncover their true meaning.

Other Explanations For The Direction Of Court Cards

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There are many different schools of thought on correctly interpreting the relevance or significance of court card placement and the direction the images face on the card. One such interpretation is there are specific ways to read these positionings: Linear, Choice, Central Origin, Central Destination, and Central Problem.

Linear Reading

In reading cards in a Linear fashion, the cards are read from one side to the other. Reading them this way signifies the cards’ importance and placement based on the image’s direction. For example, in a three-card spread, starting from left to right, the significance of the middle card can be determined by the first card’s relationship to it. The story or picture the cards create is another way professionals determine the correct and individual interpretation for specific circumstances or questions.

Choice Reading

The psychic reads the central card in a Choice reading to determine its relationship with the surrounding cards. The direction of the central card can help determine the relationship and relevance of the other cards in the spread.

Central Origin Reading

In a Central Origin placement, the significance is determined by whether the individual court card faces the person doing the reading or if they’re facing upward.

Central Problem Reading

In a Central Problem combination, the central card figures appear to block the actions or significance of the other cards surrounding it. Likewise, the Central Teacher is when the central card enhances or amplifies the effects or characteristics of the cards surrounding it.

The Importance Of Accurate Interpretation And Professional Guidance

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Reading the court cards this way adds a further dimension to accurately reading a spread. It’s one of the many reasons a professional psychic can be essential in helping determine a successful and accurate reading. A tarot spread is a highly individual and personal experience.

It has powerful implications for the inner workings and fluctuations in the natural pulse of the universe and spiritual elements. As a result, turning to a professional tarot card reader can add a significant advantage to the experience and help transform meaning into an actual application for your life or question. If left to chance or misunderstanding, the true meaning and significance of the reading can be lost.

The words of the universe beyond can go unheard. As a result, failure to recognize these inner workings can lead to disharmony, unhappiness, and missed opportunities. On the other hand, a professional can guide, enhance, and facilitate a harmonious experience. This experience will benefit you in both short and long-term prospects.

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