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Samantha is a student of astrology, cartomancy, and dream interpretation.

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Understanding Western Astrological Associations to Court Cards

In this Hub, I will cover the associations playing card suits and court cards have to Western Astrology. It isn't exactly necessary to know the zodiac counterparts of cards to read them, however understanding these associations can help card readers establish a timeframe for various readings, or give more detail about people that may be mentioned in readings. I will also detail characteristics of the various signs for those who aren't very familiar with Western Astrology to help give a better picture of the personality of each card.

I have tried to simplify my notes as much as possible to help fellow novice card readers remember points easier. Please enjoy!

The Ace in the deck exemplifies the element represented by its suit.  In this case The Ace of Spades represents Air.

The Ace in the deck exemplifies the element represented by its suit. In this case The Ace of Spades represents Air.

Court Cards & Zodiac Counterparts

Dee, Jonathan. "Simply Fortune Telling with Playing Cards." Zambezi Publishing, Ltd. 2006.

Court CardClubs (Fire Signs)Diamonds (Earth Signs)Spades (Air Signs)Hearts (Water Signs)

King

Aries

Capricorn

Libra

Cancer

Queen

Leo

Taurus

Aquarius

Scorpio

Jack

Sagittarius

Virgo

Gemini

Pisces

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Aries the Ram: March 21 - April 19

Element: Fire
Planet: Mars
House: First
Color: Red

Personality Traits:

  • First zodiac sign so Aries needs to be first for everything!
  • Natural born leader.
  • Magnetic personality oozing with charm and charisma.
  • Can be fearless, a daredevil, a pioneer, or a fearless daredevil pioneer. New frontiers don't intimidate Aries.
  • Boundless energy.
  • Optimistic and excited for new adventures.
  • Competitive drive.
  • Impulsive tendencies.
  • Aries always thinks it knows best and when stuck on an idea, Aries has a hard time considering the opinions of others.
  • Extremely stubborn.
  • Chatterbox with endless energy and things to talk about.
  • Loves starting new things...finishing them, not so much.
  • Loud, blunt, and to the point.
  • Bold and courageous, completely unafraid to take action or go to battle for their believes.
  • Aries cannot sit still! They always have to be involved.
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King of Clubs

Traditionally Associated with: Alexander the Great

Appearance: The King of Clubs has brown or red hair, brown or hazel eyes, and a strong build.

Personality:

  • Lively and energetic.
  • Honest, helpful, faithful, and affectionate.
  • A bit guarded due to emotional wounds from the past.
  • Enjoys being social, but also time alone.
  • May be someone who is lonely and in need of a supportive friend.

If this card drawn in a spread it could represent the questioner himself or a male friend or relative if it shows up within the first three cards drawn, or a professional that is able to offer guidance and advice if it shows up later in the spread. Depending on the nature of the question, it could also mean that the timing of the answer will take place between Marsh 21 - April 19.

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Taurus the Bull: April 20 - May 20

Element: Earth
Planet: Venus
House: Second
Color: Green

Personality Traits:

  • Taurus loves all the finer things in life including comfortable surroundings and good food.
  • Lover of the arts and often very artistic.
  • Practical, patient, and reliable.
  • Persistent to the point of stubbornness, determined to meet the end of its goals no matter what.
  • Make take breaks, and work at a slow pace, but Taurus always finishes its projects.
  • Taurus then rewards its hard work with self indulgence--what's the point of work without reward?!
  • Admirer and collector of beautiful things.
  • Harmonious, loyal, romantic, and devoted partner--also slightly possessive.
  • Sentimental.
  • Prefers routine and stability.
  • Typically calm and gentle, but can get argumentative when provoked.
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Queen of Diamonds

Traditionally Associated with: Rachel, wife of Jacob

Appearance: A woman who does not look her age (either older or younger). Fair in hair and complexion.

Personality:

  • Flirtatious.
  • Sophisticated.
  • Social.
  • Perceptive.
  • Able to make and act on decisions quickly.
  • Responsible and business-minded.
  • At times aggressive, unafraid to cause a scene.

This card may represent the questioner if she is a woman. It may also represent a good friend or advisor if it is one of the three three cards drawn. This card offer suggests that the questioner be more assertive and adopt the traits of the Queen of Diamonds.