Home of Tarot & the Mystic Arts

Subscribe to our YouTube channel  Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram Follow us on Pinterest Follow us on Twitter

Placeholder Image

Learn Tarot         Card Library         Testimonials         FAQ         Mysteries       Shop      About

Royal Arcana

There are often many different names for the Royal Arcana cards, such as “Page, Knight, Queen, King” or “Princess, Prince, Queen, and Knight”. In Patch Tarot we have titled them “Princess, Prince, Queen, and King”. This decision to do so is explained more thoroughly in the Book of Patch, and is an attempt to unify all pre-existing decks into One. 

When exploring the variety of Tarot cards out there, it can sometimes become confusing to see all of the different naming conventions & systems of different decks. Sometimes the King is in the position of the Prince and embodies the element of Air, where as other times the King is called a Knight and embodies the element of Fire.

The general reason for the different versions come from the two major “staple decks” in the last hundred years, the Rider-Waite-Smith and Thoth Tarot. Both of these decks derive from the Qabalistic Tarot established by the Order of the Golden Dawn in 1888. However, the Rider-Waite was a synthesis of the Golden Dawn structure with the older “Tarot De Marseille” decks (the previous standard from Europe for hundreds of years prior), where Thoth Tarot relied more heavily on the Golden Dawn structure, synthesized with Aleister Crowley’s own understanding and level of consciousness at the time of creating it.

Most decks produced in the last hundred years are generally based to some degree on either of these two decks, and each of them follows a distinct system which either puts the element of Air, or Fire, at the top of the Royal hierarchy. Following in the original work of the Golden Dawn, we have used the model that places Fire at the top, aligned with the Kings. Patch Tarot is an attempt to unify these pre-existing decks, and so we have laid out the Royal Arcana by this structure:

Placeholder Image
The Princesses are the element of Earth.
The Princes are the element of Air.
The Queens are the element of Water.
The Kings are the element of Fire.
Placeholder Image
The Royal Arcana can be observed as a 4×4 grid, depicted like this: 
Placeholder Image

Within the Royal Arcana, you will find a character for every Element. For example, there is a Princess of Cups, a Princess of Disks, a Princess of Swords, and a Princess of Wands, which each represent their respective element WITHIN each other element. (So the Princess of Cups would be the Earth aspect of Water, for example). 

Each court character also carries an important personality signature, which comes by observing Masculine and Feminine energy, either youthful or mature, in relationship to each element. The Prince and Princess are youthful, the Queen and King are mature.

The Prince and King are masculine, the Princess and Queen are Feminine. Generally when drawn in a reading, the Royal Arcana can be observed in a number of ways. Often, they are read as people in your life or aspects of yourself. They can also signify, places, events, or things too. Because of this, reading the Royal Arcana cards can often be the most complex cards in all of the Tarot, but that is simply a sign of just how deep you can go with them. 

Another reason these cards are so complex is that they relate to not one, but several different astrological signs, often including at least 2 constellations and even more planets, in addition to their two elemental signs as well.

Therefore, do not limit your understanding of these cards to the previously described connections and grid, but continue making connections and strive to learn more. For those of you just getting started, having this basic understanding will be monumental in helping to understand what these alchemical combinations mean. Further, look to the upright and reverse keys at the top of the cards for a very simple understanding of what the card may represent – but just remember – you can always go deeper.

The Royal Arcana Card Library

Click through on the image to explore each card individually
Feature Image

King Of Wands

The fiery aspect of fire, he is swift action and uses all of his energy at once. The Seed of Life bursts forth, describing the foundation of creation.

Learn More
Feature Image

Queen of Wands

The Queen of Wands is seated on her fiery throne, filled with love and understanding. Being the balance of water and fire, the fluidity and color of fire.

Learn More
Feature Image

Prince of Wands

The Prince of Wands represents the mind applied to the spiritual will. His chariot is drawn by a lion who marches forward with pride!

Learn More
Feature Image

Princess of Wands

The Princess of Wands ignites herself with the power of her will. She explodes out of the flames with joy, showing the purest enthusiasm.

Learn More
Feature Image

King of Cups

The King of Cups is the strength and energy of water, the rain and ocean itself. Wielding the trident of Poseidon, and the cup of the zodiac Cancer.

Learn More
Feature Image

Queen of Cups

The Queen of Cups is the water aspect within water, pure emotion and nothing else. Reflections upon reflections within reflections reflecting reflections.

Learn More
Feature Image

Prince of Cups

The Prince of Cups is the Airy aspect of Water, and embodies the elasticity and steam of water. Calm surface yet hiding the tremendous motion within.

Learn More
Feature Image

Princess of Cups

The Princess of Cups descends from water and crystallizes into snowflakes, demonstrating the materialization of consciousness in a fluid like motion.

Learn More
Feature Image

King of Swords

The King of Swords rushes down from on high riding on Pegasus, sword drawn and ready to strike. He unites the fiery and airy elements with wind and storm.

Learn More
Feature Image

Queen of Swords

The Queen of Swords embodies the water aspect within air; rain, and the thickening and darkening of the skies. Nothing can fool her.

Learn More
Feature Image

Prince of Swords

The Prince of Swords is the unified division of thought, the mental aspect of the mind. Showing his dualistic nature unified through his consciousness.

Learn More
Feature Image

Princess of Swords

The Princess of Swords descends from Heaven with a great and mighty longsword. This is the thought which created the physical cosmos.

Learn More
Feature Image

King of Disks

The King of Disks is the hard working laborer in the field. Not occupied by thoughts or feelings, he is focused on his physical work and spiritual will.

Learn More
Feature Image

Queen of Disks

The Queen of Disks is the mother of the earth, embodying the fertility and heart which is required to sustain and maintain life on this planet.

Learn More
Feature Image

Prince of Disks

The Prince of Disks is a steadfast worker, bringing great thought to practical affairs. Ready to endure the work set before him with unwavering reliability.

Learn More
Feature Image

Princess of Disks

The Princess of Disks brings together all of the elements within her to hold and birth the ultimate manifestation: life itself here on Earth!

Learn More

Shop Patch Tarot

Placeholder Image
Placeholder Image
Placeholder Image
Placeholder Image

What Others Are Saying...

"Loved the deck and it is helping me to draw a daily card physically & through the app to have a daily message. Thank you so much for your effort!!! It is amazing and I love your images 🙏😇🥰"

- Alma O. -
"I like the intention card at the beginning, beautiful touch. Higher quality images yet softer on the eyes.  Borderless edges really give them that infinitely expanding feeling like the artwork (or design if you will) could come to life and continue drawing itself.
Magic."


- Caleb W. -
"This is probably my favorite tarot deck I own! Not only does it make tarot super easy to learn by having the card correspondences on the corner of the cards, but it is also so visually appealing! Beautiful art work and vibrant colors. 💕🌈😍"

- Edwin R. -

Subscribe on YouTube

Subscribe

Like us on Facebook

Like

Check out our Podcast

Listen

Follow on Twitter

Follow

Subscribe to our YouTube channel  Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram Follow us on Pinterest Follow us on Twitter

Copyright © 2020 Spirit Studios. Website designed in collaboration with Bohemi+Chic

TOP OF THE PAGE