One of the major stumbling blocks for tarot card readers is interpreting the "people cards", or "Court Cards". These pop up in a reading, and the reader freezes, unable to decipher who or what situation the card represents. There are no numbers on the cards to help either, and with all of the people in an individual's life, it can be daunting to pinpoint the exact person the card represents. Reading Court Cards effortlessly requires programming your deck before you use it. What do I mean by programming your deck? This means, decide ahead of time what these cards will mean for you, and make it the same every time.
Here is how I program my deck:
The Kings and Queens always represent actual people. They never represent a situation. The Knights represent a person thirty years old or younger, or a situation. The Pages represent children or a message. I assign each Queen, King and Knight an astrology sign, based on their suit element of fire, earth, air or water. I keep this the same. Therefore, every time the Queen of Swords comes up, it is representing a Libra. I can then ask the client, "Who's the Libra?", (if I don't get any other psychic hit on this card). The only time this changes, is when I see something about the Queen of Swords card that makes me think of someone or something that would cause me to say, "This is your mother, your aunt, your friend, Melissa, a Gemini...", or any psychic information that would override the Libra programming that I assigned to this card. One can even write the word "Libra" on the Queen of Swords to help memory. I personally know a reader who does this. The Knights will represent the astrology sign of a person, a younger adult, or the specific situation I programmed the card to represent. The Pages will be their suit Astrology sign represented as a child with its particular nature, such as the Page of Cups representing an intuitive dreamy child, or the card will represent its programmed meaning of a type of message, such as a phone call. If a King or Queen come up as an outcome card, I take this to mean that the outcome is determined by this person or a person who is involved in the question or situation. Or it is this person's choice. If my card, the Queen of Cups comes up when I ask a question, I take that to mean it is my choice.
If you know anything about astrology, you can get more detailed in your programming of the cards. For example, all the Queens can be fixed signs, the Kings cardinal signs and the Knights mutable. If your client doesn't know the person in question's astrology sign, you can assign physical descriptions to the cards, as well as personality. The client will most likely recognize who you are talking about.
What are your tips for reading Court Cards?