Page of Swords’ Upright & Reversed Meanings
Ideas: Finality, solution, summary
Traits: Anticipative, contemplative, decisive, logical, patient, rational, reflective
Emotions: Contentment, optimism, relief, satisfaction
- Deciding what to believe after considering facts
- Forming a judgment logically
- Ignoring trivial information
- Piecing evidence together
- Recognizing what is true and what is false
- Reviewing what you have learned so far
Ideas: Inquiries, investigation, outline
Traits: Curious, methodical, naive, observant, studious, systematic, youthful
Emotions: Eagerness, enjoyment, hope, pleasure
- Asking good questions
- Doing research
- Finding a mentor or teacher
- Investing time in study and practice
- Making a habit of learning new things
- Outlining what you need to know
- Pursuing a course of study
- Starting an investigation
Ideas: Nosiness, pretension, trickster
Traits: Airy, arrogant, childish, conceited, dishonest, disobedient
Emotions: Envy, insecurity, jealousy, pride
- Becoming too interested in others’ affairs
- Cheating on an exam
- Considering only the evidence that supports conclusions you’ve already drawn
- Feigning interest as a way of gaining favor
- Pretending to have knowledge or sophistication you do not possess
- Rejecting the wise counsel of experienced teachers
Page of Swords’ Advice
Keep your mind young by playing the role of the perpetual student. Enroll in a course. Visit a museum. See a movie you’d normally avoid. Ask someone who enjoys an art you find annoying to explain what he or she loves about it. Do all you can to shift perspective and see the world from new and exciting angles.
Every relationship is an opportunity to learn about others and learn about yourself. Some relationships provide a lifetime of lessons; others run short of insights in a matter of weeks. Judge mistakes with kindness and affection; you’re both learning.
Get the training you need. Ask questions. Forget the stigma of “not looking capable”—smart and worthy superiors know who’s faking it. Be up front about what you need in order to move forward with confidence. Get clarification and point out contradiction.
Spend time with whatever Scripture governs your path. Read books. Consult oracles. Ask a guide, priest, priestess, or other minister the questions that cloud your mind. Prayers for wisdom and patience can open doors to new insights and spiritual discoveries.
Page of Swords’ Symbols & Insights
Awkwardness and Silliness
Most Rider–Waite–Smith-inspired cards will feature a young swordsman in a romantic pose, indicating he’s more acquainted with the idea of battle than he is with its harsh realities. The Page of Swords wants to be an intellectual or scholar, but lacks the credentials or training to fill the role with much success at this time.
The Windswept Background
In a nod to the airy nature of the suit of Swords, the background may be filled with puffy clouds and windswept landscapes. The Page, intrigued by every notion but lacking the experience to distinguish between fluff and hard information, is constantly blown in different directions. Sound familiar?
The Desire to Know It All
Dedicating yourself to pure research—holding off on conclusions until all the information has been gathered, organized, and weighed can become a means of putting off decision-making.
The Marseilles Image
The Page of Swords looks surprised to find a Sword in his scabbard! (“Oh, so that’s what this thing’s for!”) Review the recent past. Has an off-hand decision, later overlooked or forgotten, contributed to your situation? If you’ve made mistakes, chalk them up to the learning process and move on.
More About Page of Swords Tarot Card
- This card represents a young man or woman with an airy, intellectual demeanor, likely born a Capricorn, Aquarius, or Pisces, who wants to learn something new from you or have a discussion with you.
- Between December 22 and March 20
- “I am ready to make good decisions.”
- Classical Element
- Earth of Air
- The Page of Swords can represent anyone who wants to (or needs to) learn (Page) more about intellectual pursuits, academic subjects, or good decision-making (Swords). Though eager to make a good impression, The Page may lack the experience or information needed to handle studies or assignments with responsibility and confidence. He or she may overcompensate for this with bluster, exaggerated credentials, or snap judgments.
- The main character must humbly apply himself or herself to an apprenticeship or course of study.
- Questions to Ask
- How comfortable are you with revealing your own ignorance?
- What are the marks of a good student?
- To what extent are you open to new information?
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