The Fool-Proof way to Remember the Tarot Court Cards!

The Fool-Proof way to Remember the Tarot Court Cards!

Nothing causes more stress when starting out on your Tarot journey than trying to remember those pesky Tarot court cards.

And if we were to read all the books and try and memorize all the differing interpretations we would go bat-shit crazy because everyone has their personal take on the card meanings that work for them. (Which is why I always urge you to listen to your intuition and get to know what each card means for you).

I realise it helps to have a grounding in the basic Tarot card meanings to have full confidence to fly with your gut (and I happen to have written an easy peasy book for that!)  But what if you’re not quite there yet?

Are you struggling to remember the Tarot court cards?

Then you’re in luck, as I’m about to reveal my sneaky, fool-proof way to truly know and love the Tarot Court cards.  😛 

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The Fool-proof way to remember the Tarot court cards

The easiest way to sear the court cards into your brain is to…

Attach each of the Tarot court cards to people in your life!

Really? But how do I know who to pick for each card?

*You will need a basic grounding of the four Tarot suits: Wands/Cups/Swords/Pentacles. (See my keywords below).  But if you know an inkling about Astrology you’re one step ahead as they neatly correspond to the four astrological elements: Fire/Water/Air/Earth.

*You’ll also need at least a tiny understanding of the Pages/Knights/Queens & Kings in Tarot… Lost already? You’re allowed to cheat and look it up at this stage! (But see my keywords below).

*Now comes the really fun part when you fill in this chart with people you have known/loved/hated/worked-with/played-with at some point in your life that match how you feel about the mixture of suits and elements!

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The Fool-Proof way to Remember the Tarot Court Cards!

*How you feel about these people is key. It doesn’t matter what other people think of them, or if you haven’t seen them in 20+ years and they’re different people now. (Heck, over a third of the people in my chart are dead!)  It’s how you feel/did feel about them that counts, as that’s what’s gonna sear the feelings of the Tarot court cards into your brain!

Because let’s face it, Tarot court cards don’t always represent people.  Often they do, but not always.  It’s the feeling of the energies that could pertain to a person, a situation, a place, a building, an outcome – or even qualities that you are being urged to take on, that your chart will help you remember.

Let’s start with a few keywords:

Wands (Fire)

Direct / outgoing / passionate / active / impulsive  

Cups (Water)

Emotional / artistic / caring / imaginative / romantic

Swords (Air)

Intellectual / unemotional / inquisitive / communicative / truth-seeking 

Pentacles (Earth)

Practical / physical / sensual / nuturing / realistic

{Of course there are tons more – look ’em up!


Birth / free-spirit / potential / messages / young (whatever their actual age) 


Adventurous / urgent / romantic / ambitious / determined 


Nurturing / confident /capable / devoted / bossy


Wise / assertive / benevolent / confident/ controlled

{Again, there are tons more – look ’em up!}

What now?

Well, you could attempt to put a summary of all the keywords into every box, as I have started to do here with the suit of Wands…

The Fool-proof way to remember the Tarot court cards!

But honestly?  Kill. Me. Now.  You may as well try and memorize my whole book!

What we’re going for here is a simple fool-proof way to drill the damn Tarot court cards into our brains, so pick a person who somehow personifies a mixture of the keywords of the suits + the court cards for you and put their name in the appropriate box.  Done! 

Here’s mine:

The Fool-proof way to remember the Tarot court cards!

Notes to remember:

* The people you put in the boxes don’t have to match the corresponding astrological element. (Although you’ll be amazed at how often they do).

* Not everyone is going to encompass every single keyword!  And you can put two or more people in the boxes if you wish, to demonstrate different expressions of the same archetype.

You can see I have both my friend Julia and my mother in the box for the Queen of Pentacles.  Because although on the surface they’re strikingly different, their approach to life is quite similar.

For example: If Julia had a pressing problem, rather than get in a flap and try and fix it immediately, she’d quite likely decide that it’s not worth stressing about; then put it out of her mind whilst having a bubble bath or cooking something delicious.  Similarly, if my mum had the same pressing problem, she’d also not worry unduly.  She’d no doubt busy herself weeding the garden, planting vegetables or going dancing. (Even at ninety-one!)

Julia is a sensual earth-sign Taurus and my mum a practical earth-sign Capricorn – both different expressions of the Queen of Pentacles.  🙂 

Have fun with this. 

And remember my book Easy Peasy Tarot Card Meanings is here if you get stuck…

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Hi, I’m Ali. A Tarot and Astrology wizard on a mission to transform your love-life. I believe in love, freedom, mojitos and bright colours and want to put the romance back into your life! Like my work? Buy me a coffee 😍

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