Choosing a significator
Choosing a significator is a central issue in Tarot reading, even though it's not always necessary to have one. Some spreads (or readers) require a significator, whereas some others don't. When you lay out a Celtic Cross for example, you may feel you want to place the significator card in position 1 so as to personalize or intensify the reading, but this is optional. Other spreads, like the Two-Significators spread, require the use of significator cards. I personally rarely use significators, unless I absolutely have to. I prefer to let the Tarot show me how a person feels or acts rather than predecide for myself, but this is a matter of personal choice. 



If you feel you need a significator, there are two widely used methods for choosing the correct court card. The first is to choose your significator according to the person's physical appearance, star sign, job or age. The table below is indicative but not exhaustive. The second method is based on character. You need to study the court cards and understand their qualities. With this method, you can ascribe the card qualities to a person, regardless of external features. For example, a very aggressive woman friend who's always looking for trouble, pushing people around may very well be a Knight of Swords. Trust your intuition with this method. 

 
Wands Cups Swords Pentacles
 Fire Water  Air  Earth
Aries, Leo, Sagittarius  Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces Gemini, Libra, Aquarius Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
       
 Features Features  Features Features
Fair or red hair

Green or blue eyes
Fair or light brown hair

Blue or hazel eyes
 
Brown hair

Brown or grey eyes
 
Black or dark brown hair

Dark eyes

It is also useful to remember that:
Pages represent children or young adults of both sexes
Knights represent young men up to forty years of age
Queens represent mature women
Kings represent mature men of over forty years of age


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