Choosing a significator?


Hi all, I'm new here and this question has probably been asked before, but I was interested in how you all choose a significator card?

I usually choose the Princess of Pentacles for myself since I'm a Taurus and I'm young.. but I'm not really sure on that card corresponding to me. I mean I feel it does since it's an earth sign and so forth, but I just want to make sure. hehe

I'm really hazy on my astrology and I cannot remember what cardinal, fixed and muted signs mean. If anyone has the time to explains these, I would greatly appreciate it.

Thanks for taking the time to read. :)


I sometimes choose a significator, depends on the spread. If I just lay out the cards in a line and I don't assign meanings to positions, I choose a significator card. This can be any card, doesn't really matter, I use it as a starting point to create the story from.
But do what works for you, there are no rules.......



I choose mine based on the cardthat best describes me. Techniquely, at 25 Im still considered young so I coulduse Page/princess, butasa mother of 2 I feel Ive achieved maturity enough to use the Queen. Im a Sagittarius/Capricorn Cusp, so I should use either Wands or Pentacles, but the cards just dont describe me. The suit that describes me is Cups, so Iuse the Queen of Cups as my significator.


Well, the choice of a significator can depend on the spread you are going to use (some include one, some do not), on your own feelings (you might feel like wanting to use one, or having none), on the deck sometimes (for example, my -BRAND NEW!!! - Aquarian Deck LWB suggests alignments of physical traits with elements, and age with court card - but I don't really like this! Even though it seems to work: here we go with the Page of Wands ;D ). In the end, you might even decide NOT to choose a significator, but let the cards "choose" one - for example, I (like many others with their very own versions ) have the spread of 12 cards for the Year (can't remember the name! >( Maybe Wheel of the Year? ??? ) adding the last card ( XIII - corresponding to death) as a significator to the whole spread.
This is messy, indeed, but hope it helps.
As most would say in these forums, just go with the flow... :)

As for Fixed, cardinals and else...
Cardinals are the sign opening the season:
Aries - Spring
Cancer - Summer
Libra - Autumn
Capricorn - Winter

Fixed are "those in the middle" ;)
Taurus, Leo, Scoprio, Acquarius.
Muted (so it was "muted"! I kept on saying mutable! :D )
Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces.

All the same, I'm not sure you should stick to this, especially with regards to the choice of significators...

Geenius at Wrok

Quote:pollux (10 Feb, 2002 03:02):
All the same, I'm not sure you should stick to this, especially with regards to the choice of significators...

Yeah. [censored], but I really think I'm much more of a swords person, so I use the Knight of Swords (when I use one at all).

If you speak Myers-Briggs, you might consider the following correspondences, which I am just making up right now but which seem to fit:

Page ? I..P
Knight ? E..J
Queen ? I..J
King ? E..P

Swords ? NT
Cups ? NF
Staves ? ST
Coins ? SF

Original Destiny

I'm going to go against the trend here, I don't use a significator for myself because I'm already present. I only use one if the person in question is not there.


This is a matter of personal preference.
I never use a significator. Prefer not to eliminate a card that may be better used within a throw.


To clarify what I do, seeing Meewah's comment: I choose a significator from the cards that are on the table. So I lay out the cards and choose one out of the "spread" that's there. But only if no meaning to positions are assigned.



I don't use significators, but I thought I'd add a point as Geenius at Wrok mentions Myers-Briggs.

This refers to some work Myers-Briggs did in developing Jung's views on temperaments.

In the inventory (usually referred to as the MBTI), the two decision making (also called J udging) functions are F eeling and T hinking, and the two ways of paying attention to what is in front of one (P erceptive functions) are S ensing and i N tuition (this latter refers to the ability to see the possibilities inherent in what is present, and not what is usually understood in more spiritual terms). In addition, there are two orientations which someone can have: either outward (E xtravert) or inward (I ntrovert).

A number of years ago, I worked intensely on this over a period of months, and came up with the following correspondences which I find quite useful:

Kings and Queens are representations of decision makers, hence J; and Knights and Pages 'get' information, hence P.

Males tend to depict outer orientations, so E, and Females (in this case Pages are considered such) inner orientations, hence I.

With regards to the elements, and hence the suits, Air I linked with NT, Fire with NF, Water with SF, and Earth with ST.

These would therefore result with the following (assuming Air is Swords, Wands Fire, Cups Water, and Coins Earth):

Page of Coins = ISTP
Knight of Coins = ESTP
Queen of Coins = ISTJ
King of Coins = ESTJ

Page of Wands = INFP
Knight of Wands = ENFP
Queen of Wands = INFJ
King of Wands = ENFJ

Page of Cups = ISFP
Knight of Cups = ESFP
Queen of Cups = ISFJ
King of Cups = ESFJ

Page of Swords = INTP
Knight of Swords = ENTP
Queen of Swords = INTJ
King of Swords = ENTJ

This post is quite timely for me, as I will be giving a talk precisely on this next week...


Jmd, that sure is interesting! :eek:
I wish I could attend your accomplished reading! :(

All the same, I don't even use significators! :D
I was just trying to give valuable response to the question answered! :)

As Meewah said, I would rather keep a card that could emphasize a particular aspect of the spread. :)
I think anyone should keep that in mind.