Sunday, January 29, 2006

The Tarot Court Cards as Myers-Briggs personality types

NT = Intuitive-Thinking = Wands
NF = Intuitive-Feeling = Cups
ST = Sensing-Thinking = Swords
SF = Sensing-Feeling = Pentacles
EJ = Extraverted-Judging = Kings
IJ = Introverted-Judging = Queens
EP = Extraverted-Perceiving = Knights
IP = Introverted-Perceiving = Pages
The suit of Wands, being associated with the element Fire is concerned with intuition, the creative process, the exercise of power, light, and the Solar Principle.
Intuition, by its very nature, leads to creation. Creation requires the exercise of power and the Solar Principle. These are the theoretical scientists, the great philosophers, the ground-breaking engineers and dynamic leaders. On the shadow side they are also the dictators, charismatic cult leaders, and "mad scientists".
The suit of Cups, being associated with the element Water is concerned with feelings, emotions, compassion, healing and the Lunar Principle. Intuitive-Feeling types express these principles. They are counsellors, healers, poets and mystics. Their shadow casts itself over co-dependents, religious fanatics, manipulators of the mob and abusers of the feelings of others.
Swords, being associated with the element of Air are concerned with things of the mind, with intellect, knowledge and logic. It is the Mercurial Principle. Sensing-Thinking types personify this Principle. They the technicians, the accountants, the attenders to detail, they are excellent lawyers, they implement the NT's dreams, but they will never be that creative themselves. Their shadow is long. It covers the petty bureaucrat, the ambulance chaser, the war-monger, the officer who "was only following orders" when he committed the war crime.
The suit of Pentacles, being associated with the element of Earth is concerned with practical, day-to-day, mundane matters of hearth and home, and the Wheel of The Year, the Gaia Principle. Sensing-Feeling types personify this Principle. These are the nurturers, givers of self. They are nurses, herbalists, midwives, natural farmers. They are close to the Earth even in the city. They are easy going, and slow to anger, but once aroused, hold a grudge.
Court Card Ranks
Kings, by nature, are, or need to be, Extraverts. They need the love, loyalty and yes, fear, of others. Their focus is outside of themselves. They also need order. Things must be settled. When they pronounce their decisions, they are final. Thus, they are Judging rather than Perceiving. This means that Kings, regardless of suit are all E-J types. Kings represent the Fire aspect of their suit. Thus the King of Wands is Fire of Fire.
Queens on the other hand, don't need the external attention that Kings require. They can work behind the scenes; they can easily have agendas that are not popular. But like their Kings, they want things settled; they are Judgers.
Knights are seekers, questers; they go off on adventures, quests and wars. Thus they are directed outward, they are Extraverted by virtue of their place in the order of society. Further, as perpetual seekers, nothing is ever truly settled for them. They are always open to new possibilities, new quests. They are, thus Perceivers rather than Judgers. Knights are the Air elemental aspect of their suit.
Finally the Pages. They are students, assistants at court and squires to Knights. They are not responsible for anyone but themselves and they are not really expected to impress anyone. This is Introversion enforced by social station. As students, apprentices and assistants, they are, again by force of circumstance, Perceivers. They can not Judge, because it is not up to them to judge, they are still learning. Pages are the Earth element in their suit.
Terminology
Judging does not mean that the subject is judgmental, critical, prejudiced or the like. Rather it means that the subject likes to have things settled, decided, to come to closure. Whereas its opposite, Perceiving types like to leave things open, tend to not come to closure and leave all options and opinions open.
The Extravert is one whose attentions, motivations and even actualizations lie outside of themselves. They really care what people think, especially what people think about them. "What will the neighbours say?" is a common phrase amongst them. Introverts on the other hand, do not care what the neighbours might say. They do not project their personalities outward like the Extravert. The ENTJ King of Wands cares about what people think of him; he requires their respect, their admiration, their fear. The INTJ Queen of Wands, on the other hand, is more self actualized than her King. She can follow her own agenda with out needing to check the popularity polls.
Sensing types make their decisions based on facts. They gather information empirically via their five senses. There is no Sixth Sense to them and they would tend to scoff at the very idea of one. Intuitive types may also gather facts, but to them the deciding factor is their intuition, their gut-feel. Facts are OK, but don't let them get in the way of what is really important. To the sensing type facts or more specifically the world as perceived via the five senses is what is important, and intuition, gut-feel, is not to be trusted.
Thinkers decide with their head. The source of the decision may be from either external facts or from internal intuition, but the decision is made intellectually via a logical thought process. Feeling types on the other hand think with their heart, not their head. Their facts may also come from either intuition or senses but the deciding factor is their heart, their feelings. To Feeling types, the decision making process is an emotional one, not an intellectual one.
Summary
Thus we have here a system of correspondence between the Tarot Court Cards and the Type Indicators of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicators that is both internally and externally consistent, a single unique pair of indicators corresponds to one and only one suit/element and another unique pair or indicators corresponds to one and only one card rank. The profiles of the resulting 16 types are consistent with the generally accepted interpretations of the Court Cards of Tarot, yet allow us greater insight into the meaning of the card.
THE KINGS
ENTJ - Extraverted/Intuitive/Thinking/Judging - King of Wands
Isabel Briggs-Myers called this type "The leaders of leaders". David Keirsey calls them "The Field marshal". This type tends to be analytical and impersonal with an accidental emotional life and incidental social life. This type is not the life-of-the-party. They are decisive and logical, with very strong reasoning power. They are highly creative. In fact, that is a key word for them: Creative. They are the grand theorist, designers, composers, the idea people in any endeavour. They are interested in possibilities beyond the present. They are not content in a job that requires little or no creativity. They are attracted to science, research, engineering but to the design rather than the hands-on aspects, they are effective executives, but dislike explaining themselves and if they do are seldom understood. The can seem and can be cold and authoritative.”

('Cold' a paradox here? ...Also I would have thought the King of Wands very much 'the life of the party'? And had 'him' 'pegged' in my own Tarot as 'ruling' by sheer sense of humor? But that could just equate to my Monkey/Leo bias? On the other hand, this description in particular just does not gel too well with me, because I think[!] it leans more to the "thinking" than the "extroverted/intuitive" side; "extroverted/intuitive" would amount to a very 'warm' person, surely? Creative and impatient, yes; 'cold' never? ;-P)

ENFP - Extraverted/Intuitive/Feeling/Perceiving - Knight of Cups
David Keirsey calls this type "The Champion". This type is more enthusiastic than the ENTP type and more concerned with people and is skillful in managing them. ENFPs are drawn to counseling, teaching, science, the arts or advertising. They are alert to possibilities, original, individual and independent, but also perceptive of the views of others. They are quick to take initiative and have strong creative impulses, but frequently do not follow ideas through or fail to complete projects.
ESTJ - Extraverted/Sensing/Thinking/Judging - King of Swords
"The Supervisor" is Kersey's type name for this type. Analytical and impersonal. Organizer of facts. Decisive and logical. Governs own and other’s conduct in accordance with thought out decisions. Values truth as fact, formula and method. Has emotional and social life that is accidental. Drawn to executive, legal, and technical professions. May be reformers. These are the people who implement the grand ideas and theories created by the ENTJ types. They look at the world with their five senses, so they tend to be matter-of-fact and practical, tolerant of routine and concerned with the here and now. Their curiosity is stirred by new things that appeal to the senses. They enjoy administrative tasks, organization and getting things done.
ESFP - Extraverted/Sensing/Feeling/Perceiving - Knight of Pentacles
They are realistic, practical and matter-of-fact, adaptable and easy-going, tolerant of themselves and others, good with details and learn best from experience. They are usually conservative, and value custom and convention. Keirsey calls this type "The Performer". They make decisions with feelings, not thinking. Those feelings center on people. They are friendly, tactful, have good taste in art. They tend to be poor disciplinarians.
THE QUEENS
INTJ - Introverted/Intuitive/Thinking/Judging - Queen of Wands
Keirsey calls the INTJ "The Mastermind". More than any other NT the INTJ is a master of contingency planning. When they deal with a situation of any sort they are keenly aware of and have planned for any and all contingencies that might arise. They are masters of "what-if" planning. They choose science, technology, and are excellent in any kind of systems work. They are more strategists not tacticians.
INFJ - Introverted/Intuitive/Feeling/Judging - Queen of Cups
INFJs concern themselves with people, sometimes to the point of seeming to be extraverted. Individualism in this type is often less conspicuous. This is Keirsey's type called "The Counselor". They are driven by their own inner vision, determined to the point of stubbornness, are stimulated by difficulties and are the best at problem-solving. They are more interested in breaking new ground than in reploughing old. They are most attracted to science, politics, teaching, writing, psychology and religion. They hate routine jobs that offer no outlet for their inspirations (therefore, may 'try' teaching, but get put off by its boring routines?) lol
ISTJ - Introverted/Sensing/Thinking/Judging - Queen of Swords
This type is patient and very good with details and handles routine well. They have a capacity to absorb and utilize a tremendous amount of facts. They emphasize logical analysis and decisiveness. They can make good executives if they have a relatively low introversion score. They also make good lawyers, never overlooking the details of contracts. This type is also attracted to accountancy. Their logic rebels against anything that does not make sense to them. They can be sharply critical.
ISFJ - Introverted/Sensing/Feeling/Judging - Queen of Pentacles
This type is systematic and thorough; they take responsibility well, but are not the best type with it. They are patient and very good with details and handle routine well. They have a capacity to absorb and utilize a tremendous amount of facts. This type is loyal, considerate and interested in the common welfare. They are good family doctors or nurses and enjoy patient contact. Their shadow shows itself when their Judging facility is not well developed and they become uncommunicative and absorbed in subjective reactions.
THE KNIGHTS
ENTP - Extraverted/Intuitive/Thinking/Perceiving - Knight of Wands
David Keirsey calls the ENTP "The Inventor". This type tends to be independent, analytical and impersonal in their relations with people, and they are more apt to consider how others may affect their projects than how their projects may affect others. They may be inventors, scientists, trouble-shooters or promoters. They are alert to possibilities, original, individual and independent, but also perceptive of the views of others. They are quick to take initiative and have strong creative impulses, but frequently do not follow ideas through or fail to complete projects. Their shadow can be very self-centered almost to the point of socio-pathology. Studies conducted by Dr. Arthur Rosengarten have shown that the Knight of Wands is a very frequent indicator of a spousal abuser.
ENFP - Extraverted/Intuitive/Feeling/Perceiving - Knight of Cups
David Keirsey calls this type "The Champion". This type is more enthusiastic than the ENTP type and more concerned with people and is skillful in managing them. ENFPs are drawn to counseling, teaching, science, the arts or advertising. They are alert to possibilities, original, individual and independent, but also perceptive of the views of others. They are quick to take initiative and have strong creative impulses, but frequently do not follow ideas through or fail to complete projects.
ESTP - Extraverted/Sensing/Thinking/Perceiving - Knight of Swords
In Please Understand Me II Keirsey calls the ESTP type "The Promoter". They are realistic, practical and matter-of-fact, adaptable and easy-going, tolerant of themselves and others, good with details and learn best from experience. They are usually conservative, and value custom and convention. Their thinking function makes them more aware of the consequences of their actions than most. Their understanding of the theory of things helps them when things are going badly. They are practical and uncomplicated in their problem-solving methods. They prefer doing over talking.
ESFP - Extraverted/Sensing/Feeling/Perceiving - Knight of Pentacles
They are realistic, practical and matter-of-fact, adaptable and easy-going, tolerant of themselves and others, good with details and learn best from experience. They are usually conservative, and value custom and convention. Keirsey calls this type "The Performer". They make decisions with feelings, not thinking. Those feelings center on people. They are friendly, tactful, have good taste in art. They tend to be poor disciplinarians.
THE PAGES
INTP - Introverted/Intuitive/Thinking/Perceiving - Page of Wands
Keirsey refers to the INTP type as "The Architect". It is the aim of the INTP to design systematic structures and to engineer structural models. They look upon the world as being the raw material to be used in implementing their designs. They see themselves as master organizers, even if they are not. Like all NTs they are drawn to science and systems.
INFP - Introverted/Intuitive/Feeling/Perceiving - Page of Cups
This is Keirsey's type called "The Healer". They excel in fields that deal with people and their potential: counseling, teaching, psychology, and literature. They frequently have a gift for languages and literature as all of the NF types do, but their introverted feelings makes them more comfortable with written word. They are often poets and dreamers, are idealistic and loyal, value harmony in their inner lives and have deep, but seldom expressed feelings.
ISTP - Introverted/Sensing/Thinking/Perceiving - Page of Swords
Keirsey calls the ISTP type "The Crafter". Analytical and impersonal. Interested in underlying principles. They have an interest in applied science and engineering, they tend to be good with their hands and prefer doing science to theorising. You will find them in the laboratory more often than the library. In non-scientific pursuits they bring order to disordered data making it into information. They work well in the fields of engineering, economics, financial analysts, in fact analysts of almost any kind. Their natural tendency to efficiency can lead to laziness.
ISFP - Introverted/Sensing/Feeling/Perceiving - Page of Pentacles
This type focuses on the needs of the moment and tries to meet them. Isabel Briggs Myers found this type to be one of only two who showed a strong preference for general medical practice over specialization. In today's world they might specialize in internal medicine, family practice or emergency medicine. They also gravitate toward fields that require taste, a sense of beauty and proportion. They excel in craftspersonship and have a love of Nature, especially animals. They work well in fields that require both devotion to duty and adaptability. Their shadow side tends to underestimate and underrate themselves (I would think any Page might tend to do this, Shirl, especially of Cups or Swords? The Page of Wands possibly has this tendency less than any of the Pages?)

(Courtesy of Shirl/mythos: thanks, Shirl, for all this food for thought, and a Tarot-related blogpost, which I have not done in a while!) ;-))

Which one do you equate to? Which one do I equate to? I rather fancy the Page of Cups, now, after reading the descriptions, but I still think (there comes that word again! lol) I would rather let the Tarot itself decide; in fact a good Tarot exercise for today (in the absence of cyber-Tarot) = shuffle the court cards only, in the deck of your choice, and see which one you get?...

Huh! Wouldn't you know it, I get Yaguo, the Page of Pentacles; I think it a good idea to also annotate all my courts with the Myers-Briggs attributions, just on the offchance that they may come in handy, and/or make sense, some day... Earthy-type, Venus in Taurus + Mars in Capricorn, working hard at developing inferior thinking function? lol

Actually, despite her rather humble appearance as 'just' some sort of housewife/cleaning lady, I do like her for several reasons; she reminds me very much of Malkuth in the Kabbalah, receiving all the emanations from on high, both 'masculine' and 'feminine', and, as a page, she appeals to the "eternal student" in me.

Song of the Page of Pentacles, as per this morning's meditation:

"I hear a voice,
the cry of a wounded animal;
Someone shoots at the moon;
A small bird has fallen from its nest.
People must be awakened,
Witness must be given,
So that life can be guarded."
(W.S.Rendra, in Earth Prayers)

13 Comments:

Blogger mythosandbios said...

Glad you found this stuff useful. If you go to http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/JTypes2.asp you can do the test. In Kiersey's system I am an INFJ, which makes me the Queen of Cups.

It is interesting that when I did this test 20+ years ago I was an INTJ, then 10 years ago the same. Obviously something has changed within me within the last decade (maybe an NDE??? LOL) that has shifted my personality somewhat.

I did this test a few months back, so doing it again today, and reconfirming the change was truly interesting.

So, I lost my fiery Queen of Wandsish quality ... it got drownded hehehehe!

10:31 am  
Blogger asgif666 said...

Ah, yes, I can see you really died and got 'born again' (with apologies to the Christian fundies! lol)

But you still try to resurrect your Queen of Wands through painting? Maybe you do!!! *drinks to that... Nothing sadder than a drownded Queen of Wands* ;-P

Gotta go do test now... see if it agrees with the Tarot, hehe ;-))

But seriously, plenty of room for serious Jungian/12th house-type "active imagination" as in dialogues between the courts, as in different aspects of each and every one of us? Hence the significance (for me) of a court card arising in the daily Tarot...another aspect arising? Or do I qualify as an undiagnosed MPD/DID? lol

(Mind you, B-E, a serious candidate for undiagnosed DID, did relate to ALL the enneagram types, and refused to tie himself down to any one of them ;-P)

12:07 pm  
Blogger asgif666 said...

>Your Type is ENFJ

...omg, does that make me a King (not Queen) of Cups? lol

*be still, my soul, and wait without hope,
for hope would be hope for the wrong thing* (T.S.Eliot)...

I always knew (in theory; it took Shez as the King of Wands to confirm it in practice!) that these things would not find themselves limited by gender...should we get married? lol

(And all these years I have gone 'in drag' as the Queen of Cups? lol)

(thinks: no wonder I did actually propose to a drag queen when literally 'in my cups' in Sydney! lol)

Omg, does that make me more of a 'Scorpio's Scorpio' than sidereal Libran/Doggy B-E? Revelation upon revelation, epiphany upon epiphany... No wonder I liked 'Scorpio-shaped', and very 'fishy', Norway, but! lol

(And to think I equated to the one who objected to his downloading porn... lol!)

12:39 pm  
Blogger asgif666 said...

*dances to the steady drumbeat of Congo Houngan now*...Sorry, I know you do not particularly relate to the Voodoo Tarot, not wanting to ram it down your throat, in any way, shape or form... but it doe s seem a pretty catchy beat!! ;-))

12:47 pm  
Blogger asgif666 said...

P.S. No wonder I also enjoyed Harry Potter's dithering about his affinities with Slytherin house, and ended up giving birth to a "Malfoy" myself, hehe! lol

1:12 pm  
Blogger asgif666 said...

*channelling Professor Snape, Master of Potions and head of Slytherin house, my fav Harry Potter character, now* ;-))

1:18 pm  
Blogger Ken said...

When I was last tested, some 8 years ago, I was an ESTP,Knight of Swords. I have just taken the test again, and I come up as ESFP, Knight of Pentacles. Maybe this explains why I am no longer in a managerial role at work......

Nice one, Claire. Oh, BTW ... I GOT COMMENTS! YAY!

3:25 pm  
Blogger asgif666 said...

You have evolved, Ken, and congrats on solving the comment-less crisis, btw!

Feel intrigued to know why you attribute this to no longer finding yourself in a managerial position at work...I never did the hang of this Myers-Briggs thingy, till I rediscovered myself as a KING of Cups!!! lol

Funny, how we evolve, innit? i.e. you have got more, not less, set in your ways? ;-))

*like a child at play
i change every day*
(Sophie's World, Changing Day by Day)...happy to find myself in a King of Cups space...for today, hehe ;-))

5:07 pm  
Blogger mythosandbios said...

Congratulations! I kneel before the King LOL. Bugger that ... I'm the Queen, I don't have to kneel, which is good considering my arthritic knees heheheehe!

Actually the thing that stood out for me most was your E = extraversion, compared to my I = Introversion. This, I suspect, is where our major difference does lie.

I tend to 'appear' to be an extravert in social settings, but that is the mask put on to cope with being an introvert amongst a heap of people. You are the real thing ... 'I am the real thing, nah, nah, nah nah, nah ad infinitum' Russell Morris shops at our local supermarket btw.

Where was I, oh yeah ... introvert living in her hermitage, easily overwhelmed by the input of others who needs to limit external stimuli. Apparently as an INFJ, I equate to a counsellor-idealist, and we only make up 2% of the population. Mind you Gandhi, who was one, got out amongst the people, so to speak ... but only because he 'had to' - the idealist in him gave him no choice.

Now I can't imagine him dancing in a conga line to Congo Houngan (anymore than I would), but at least he could have charmed the basket off a King Cobra.

I enjoy it that you get so enthused with your deck by the way ... so hearing about it is just fine ... I just can't share the enthusiasm, but I can and do enjoy yours.

7:06 am  
Blogger Medusa161 said...

The Queen of Swords (and me a double air sign) sounds absolutely nothing like me, she muses wryly.

10:44 am  
Blogger asgif666 said...

You got Queen of Swords from doing the Myers-Briggs, Su, seriously? *mind boggles* Omg, the real Queen of Swords just stood up!!! lol

That would = an ISTJ? ;-))

*bows in deference to the real Queen of Swords, despite my aching Saturn, and omg, another quick bow in the general direction of Shirl/mythos, Queen of Cups* ;-))

Seriously, I wonder if Norway = my equivalent of an NDE, among all you NDE veterans? ;-))

*would love to know what my Myers-Briggs test would have yielded before that, if I had have done it before...just to see the difference, 'in the interests of science', so to speak* ;-))

And NArDS = a Page of Wands, btw...see most recent post, and links ;-))

10:04 pm  
Blogger Medusa161 said...

But the problem/dilemma remains ... I do not judge (full stop) ever.

9:42 am  
Blogger asgif666 said...

Still OK, Su, if you read the explanation/disclaimer under "terminology", you will see that "judging" does not mean in the commonly accepted sense of criticising, etc., but rather "tending to prefer closure", whereas the opposite quality, "perceiving" tends to like to keep options open...also quite different to the usually accepted meaning ;-))

3:12 pm  

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