36 The Mentor Archetype


Upright Meanings: natural born leader, self-centred, motivated, honest, way with words, dependable, confident, optimistic, proud, hot tempered, action-orientated, fearless, good leader, loyal, controlling, noble, funny, charming, lenient, taking control, experience, freethinking, energetic, friendly, passionate, strong, protective

Often associated with the astrological sign of Sagittarius, The Mentor signifies wise, open, positive, adventurous masculine energy. As with all court cards, The Mentor can indicate a literal person in your life; most often a man with hair on the lighter end of the spectrum. When The Mentor appears, you are likely to have an abundance of energy which you are inclined to use in a positive direction.

Reversed Meanings: ineffective, afraid to be different, volatile temper, boorish, unyielding, impulsive, breaking promises, weak, womaniser, not being proactive, nasty, vicious, quarrels, rude, bitter, forceful, bully, tyrant, prejudice, abusive, taking a back seat, undependable, dictator, unreliable, setting a bad example, lack of energy/ experience/ enthusiasm

The Mentor reversed can signify a man who has been through a lot in his life, and as a result, he typically is warm, kind, and understanding toward others. He himself is likely to have a great deal of energy, but as he has matured, he has begun to understand that not everyone can match his pace. When the card does not signify a literal person in your life, it refers to feeling energetic and also to a tendency toward being lenient with others. If this is in regard to your children, think carefully whether leniency is the best response to them.