Ideas: Adherence, industrial training, promotion
Traits: Dedicated, disciplined, farsighted, progressive, prudent, responsible, serious
Emotions: Enjoyment, enthusiasm, excitement, optimism
Ideas: Education, interest, scholarship
Traits: Aspiring, curious, experimental, practical, purposeful, studious, youthful
Emotions: Amazement, eagerness, hope, uneasiness
Ideas: Flippancy, inattention, squander
Traits: Aimless, careless, childish, flamboyant, indulgent, irresponsible, shortsighted
Emotions: Envy, jealousy, neglect, pride
Whatever our station in life, we can always be better stewards of the blessings we’ve received. Do old habits threaten your health? Set them aside. Today, make a point to take special care of whatever you’ve been given.
Don’t rush into sexual situations that make you uncomfortable or that push your limits. Give a relationship time to flourish before opening a joint checking account. Lending money is a sure way to poison friendships and relationships. Before starting something new, ask “What’s in this for me?”
Accepting lower pay as a means of gaining experience makes sense when starting your career—but experienced workers should view such arrangements with skepticism. Know what you’re worth. Look for opportunities to learn while doing. Subject all work to the practicality test.
Consider what role your faith should play in making financial and sexual decisions. To what extent would your financial or sexual activity differ if you were not on your current spiritual path? Your body is a precious gift; treat it as such. Keep material blessings in perspective.
Awkwardness and Silliness
The Rider–Waite–Smith Page of Pentacles romanticizes his Pentacle, holding it like a treasured bauble. This suggests a degree of impracticality; how might this quality play a role in your situation?
Earthiness versus Inexperience
The Page of Pentacles combines the practicality of Pentacles with the awkwardness of a Page. The result is someone who longs for more financial or sexual skill then he or she actually possesses. Sound familiar?
Learning by Doing
A little preparation in advance of a task can eliminate distraction and limit the potential for disaster. Just remember: once the action starts, you’re committed!
The Marseilles Image
In many versions of the Marseilles image, the Page of Coins gazes romantically at the Coin in his hand, but is oblivious to an identical Coin on the ground before him. How might enthusiasm or inexperience be blinding you to more practical alternatives?