Personality Types & The Tarot

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There is a correlation between the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the 16 Court cards of the Tarot.

The other day, Team Lotus was meeting to get some admin work done, when @alchemage shared with us a link to something he was doing with his course-work. It was a link to a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator questionnaire.

Here's what I got:

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To be honest, I wasn't surprised too much by the result; although I seem to remember in the past I was maybe an INTJ or an INTP?

Anyway, it's all rather interesting. I take this kind of thing with a grain of salt, only because I believe we constantly change our 'personalities' depending on the context. This was the basis of Milton Erickson's ground-breaking work with hypnotherapy, because he always presupposed that we are constantly 'altering states' to suit our needs in any given moment.

At the very least, things like this can be useful for reflection.

"...To summon back the fire witch..."

What I found more fascinating in the past was the very clear (to me) correlation between the 16 Court cards in the Tarot deck and the 16 personality types in the MBTI.

The link between these two very different areas are of course Carl Jung. Jung was fascinated with all aspects of the Occult (including the Tarot) in his exploration of the human psyche and the collective consciousness (and unconsciousness). The MBTI of course is based heavily on Jungian psychotherapy (amongst other things).
I learned this interpretation of the Tarot court from one of my mentors from the Tarot Guild of Australia, Anne Shotter. She had some pretty ground-breaking theories and ideas, and this was one of them.

There are 3 main categories the types can be broken into:

  • Approach to life — Introvert (I) or Extrovert (E)
  • Attitude — Judging (J) or Perceptive (P)
  • Function — Intuitive (N), Feeling (F), Thinking (T), or Sensate (S)

Jung had postulated that these four functions were linked to the four elements often referred to in Occult literature. They were said to signify the way we perceive the world ('projection'):

  • Intuitive = Fire
  • Feeling = Water
  • Thinking = Air
  • Sensate = Earth

These four elements/functions were represented in the Tarot's Minor Arcana as each of the four suits: Wands, Cups, Swords, and Coins/Disks/Pentacles.

As well as having ten 'pip' cards (numbered Ace to 10), each of the suits also had four Court cards:

  • Pages: learning their element
  • Knights: using their element
  • Queens: nurturing their element
  • Kings: possessing/mastering their element

The correspondences between the two systems is thus:

  • Page of Wands — INFJ
  • Page of Cups — INFP
  • Page of Swords — INTP
  • Page of Coins — ISFJ
  • Knight of Wands — ENFP
  • Knight of Cups — ENFJ
  • Knight of Swords — ENTJ
  • Knight of Coins — ESFP
  • Queen of Wands — INTJ
  • Queen of Cups — ISFP
  • Queen of Swords — ISTP
  • Queen of Coins — ISTJ
  • King of Wands — ENTP
  • King of Cups — ESFJ
  • King of Swords — ESTJ
  • King of Coins — ESTP

These correspondences really only work with the Court cards as presented by Arthur Edward Waite (1857-1942), which are the images that most people would be familiar with. Waite was presenting a fairly standard interpretation based on the teachings of the Order of the Golden Dawn, which he was part of.

This system doesn't correlate when you look at the Book of Thoth Tarot by Waite's rival Aleister Crowley, who re-interpreted the Court cards based on Grail-lore and the mythology of Parsifal.

Tarot & Self-healing

The Tarot in general can be used to help unlock answers in our unconscious mind, through the construction of meanings garnered from the symbols and patterns on the cards. The Court cards in particular can be quite helpful in helping the Reader understand their true nature.

Because we embody all the personality types, we may use the cards to help discover a specific personality type that will assist us to move through a problem and find the most generative solution.

The following spread is one I've used quite a lot, using only the 16 Court cards. It is a little different to most other Tarot spreads, in that once you pick a card, you put it back in the deck and re-shuffle. Thus, the same card can appear more than once.

There are 7 positions:

  1. "You" (past)
  2. "You" (present)
  3. "You" (future)
  4. Your ally (what you need most from others, not just one person)
  5. What you most need to develop
  6. Your "nemesis" (fears)
  7. Ideal "partner"

7 Card Court Spread

By looking at the MBTI of each card, you may find you can get high-grade information about how to proceed in any given situation. We can use this information to make changes in how we 'project' onto the world, how we behave in different contexts, and how to have greater choice for ourselves and how we choose to interact and participate in the world.

The first 3 cards provide context, an understanding of who you are and where you have come from (and thus where you are most likely going, all things being equal).

The 4th and 5th provide insight into what you may need for the current situation.

The 6th card is your 'shadow', the part of your Self you are currently denying and repressing. The 7th signifies the 'Other' that you are missing, but is buried deep within your psyche somewhere.

The Court cards are the most mis-understood part of the Tarot, but most likely because they represent the parts of us we may not want to face consciously. Combining their traditional esoteric meanings with the psychological insights of Jung and the modern applications of his theories, such as in the MBTI, we can use this tool to help us gain a deeper level of personal gnosis in order to heal our psycho-social and emotional wounds.


On soft grey mornings widows cry
The wise men share a joke;
I run to grasp divining signs
To satisfy the hoax
— King Crimson


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Fascinating! I always shied away from tarot and have never really understood it, but like any 'divination' type tool (I was really into runes for a while) they help us, as you say:

gain a deeper level of personal gnosis in order to heal our psycho-social and emotional wounds.

I found the same learning about SPS this past week. It seems a bit of a theme - personal gnosis through self study. Little revelations from cards, conversations, theories, science - and the cross over between all of them.


Why I moved away years ago from ‘working’ as an Astrologer or Tarot Reader was that everyone who came wanted to know whether their boyfriend was cheating on them, or whether they were going to win the lottery.

Inevitably, if you’re interested in this stuff from a personal healing/growth/evolution/development perspective, you’ll just engage deeply with the systems and come to a point of personal gnosis.

If we assume everything is physiological, then all we end up doing is medicating ourselves, and never engaging with our psyches.

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interesting. ive taken myers a few times and always come up on either side of the INTP/INFP line. i came up more feeling this time. quite similar scores to you :p. also find it remarkable that my main perceptors are similar to my astrological chart, Intuitive = Fire (Aries)/Feeling = Water(Pisces). I'll have to look up the corresponding cards for the tarot.



My theory is STARTING to be that many Steemians are going to be quite similiar. An online environment is something introverts are drawn to - easy to control or shut off, hiding behind an avatar. I got almost the same as Meta, and you. Did not suprise me one little bit!


actually im thinking there is a server type.

pal seems to be more of an extroverted and judging server imho, whereas helpies are more introverted and sensitive. always exceptions. im thinking you might find more sensate earthy types in NM. prove me wrong.

creatives and writers imho tend to be intp/infp's. you would not catch my extroverted nephews here, not only because they crave the physical contact and the adulation they get with peers, but also because they reallly suck at writing, never mind reading.


You know, that was in the back of my mind as I wrote that last comment. I bet that's true - there are a lot of the 'same' type of people in NM/Helpie. Bless. xx Like attracts like.


LoL.... I wonder if we could create a Steem Tarot, each card being represented by a particular Tribe or server.... 🤣🤔🔮

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When you get into deep astrology and deep Tarot, the parallels start to become spooky.

There is one particularly good crossover in Brian Clark’s Astrological Tarot. He’s a very deep, humanistic psycho-astrologer, his research is steeped in mythological roots.... it’s a fascinating deck to read.

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That's really cool! I didn't know you existed!

I am so caught up on you tube taro twin flame readings at the moment. It’s not funny anymore #overdosis Hahha nice to find your article

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