Lady Cards Part 2 – Don’t Read Courts Until You See This

As we move bravely into the new world that is fast approaching, we need as our foundation a deck that is equally balanced between male and female. Enter the Lady cards.

The young female, the “Lady”, needs her own designated throne restored to her. Taking her rightful place within the Court allows her to fully Blossom, and allows your readings to fully Blossom, too!


The Cary-Yale Visconti Tarot is one such historical deck that demonstrates a balance between male and female Courts. Three male and three female! It is so interesting to me that in early Tarot history, before the deck was standardized, there was a lot of experimentation with actual structure of the Tarot. The Cary-Yale Visconti Tarot has 16 cards in each suit! Quite something. And quite an interesting study. Is it possible the artist had received their inspiration from decks already in existence that had this balance of male and female? Very likely. Playing cards were well established by the time Tarot emerged, and we’ve already discussed in Part 1 of this Lady Card series how historical documentation supports the existence of Lady cards in early decks.

I’d love to hear your comments below.

Featured in this video:
The Doors of Somlipith” book and card set by Ana Cortez and CJ Freeman, published by Schiffer Red Feather, 2023.
The Cary-Yale Visconti Tarot deck, published by US Games Systems, Inc. For more info on the Cary-Yale Visconti Tarot, check out the Beinecke Library.

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