Jung’s theory of psychological or personality types attempts to categorize people in terms of their primary mode of psychological functioning. I like the definition of psychological functioning being a person’s ability to make and achieve goals and it covers individual mental/emotional wellness, social skills, beliefs and behavior. There are sixteen personality types created by the MBTI questionnaire which I think can be very aptly applied to the sixteen court cards. The ~specific conventional names~ for these 16 personality archetypes don’t necessarily suit my tastes, especially for every deck I work with. But taking the general traits applied to each personality archetype and applying them to the Court Cards with whatever relateable archetype name best suits seems to be an incredibly powerful psychoteric tool.
Several different tarot authors including Mary K. Greer and Janet Riley have created systems that associate the 16 MBTI Personality types with the 16 Court cards. Each authors system does it a little differently. The system I use for matching was created by Linda Gail Walters who tragically died before her book Realms of Personality: The Jungian Personalities of the Tarot Courts was complete enough to be published. I work off a copy of an article she had published on her website circa 2012. Her website is down but it and this article are still available via the Internet Archive Wayback Machine. I have merely taken Linda’s work and adopted it into my own, finding her associations more compatible with how I do them than the work of others such as Mary K. Greer and Janet Riley who have published their own systems for matching the Court Cards and the MBTI Personality Archetypes.
I get the naming conventions for the MBTI Personality Archetypes used below from 16Personalities.com with one exception; I call ISTJ by The Analyst, not The Logistician.
|Court Name||MBTI||Archetype||Elemental Title|
|King of Wands||ENTJ||Commander||Fire of Fire|
|King of Cups||ENFJ||Protagonist||Fire of Water|
|King of Swords||ESTJ||Executive||Fire of Air|
|King of Pentacles||ESFJ||Consul||Fire of Earth|
|Queen of Wands||INTJ||Architect||Water of Fire|
|Queen of Cups||INFJ||Advocate||Water of Water|
|Queen of Swords||ISTJ||Analyst||Water of Air|
|Queen of Pentacles||ISFJ||Defender||Water of Earth|
|Knight of Wands||ENTP||Debater||Air of Fire|
|Knight of Cups||ENFP||Campaigner||Air of Water|
|Knight of Swords||ESTP||Entrepeneur||Air of Air|
|Knight of Pentacles||ESFP||Entertainer||Air of Earth|
|Page of Wands||INTP||Logician||Earth of Fire|
|Page of Cups||INFP||Mediator||Earth of Water|
|Page of Swords||ISTP||Virtuoso||Earth of Air|
|Page of Pentacles||ISFP||Adventurer||Earth of Earth|