I'm trying to understand the subtleties of all these cards! Not only court cards but the Major arcana has masculine and feminine cards as well. The Emperor / Emperess (Lord and Lady in my DruidCraft deck), The high priest and High Priestess? The King of Cups vs. the Queen of Cups.
Its funny I don't think in other ages anyone would have been in doubt, but in todays society... sigh.
Outward/Inward: I think of Masculine as more outwardly focused than Feminine. So the Queen of swords may be introspective directing thoughts on a more spiritual / inward growth path or philosopy, education, law, abstract science and the King of Swords would be more external.. business, politics, concrete sciences.
Direct/Indirect: Archetypically I see women as having subtlety. We'd use poison over a knife. We're more manipulative and sneeky, while men are stubborn and immobile. Women are the umm female dogs and men are hotheads. I think this might show in the princes/princesses (knights/pages).
Hard/Soft: It may be cliche but I can't help but think women are softer than men! So the Queen of Cups is more of a pushover than the King, wants everyone to be happy and content, lets everyone into her heart and is more easily hurt, whereas her counterpart limits it to family and friends, protects his huge heart more & is more angry when he or anyone he loves is hurt. ??
I know there's something else I'm missing (I really don't understand my priest and priestess). Any ideas?
p.s. Is there a way I can 'watch' this thread - be notified when there are responses? thx!