Tarot Cards – The Page of Swords

The Princess of the Rushing Winds; The Lotus of the Palace of Air

Numerical Value: 7
Elemental Name: Earth of Air

Divinatory Meaning
Upright – A good personal emissary, although sometimes a card associated with spying or surveying others from a detached viewpoint.  A person of grace and dexterity, diplomatic and skilled in the ability to work out the true nature of things.  A person who can negotiate expertly on behalf of his peers.  Detachment is one of the true qualities of this figure.

Ill Dignified or Reversed – A two faced, cunning and possibly vindictive person, with an inability to grasp the nettle.  A seeker of hidden weaknesses in enemies, devious and given to snooping in other people’s affairs.  May be an indication of unforeseen events, ill health, or plans being overtaken by events.

Further Interpretation

The Page of Swords has the mental outlook and philosophy of a child, and he is constantly fascinated with matters of the mind. This is not to imply by any means that he is childish and immature; indeed, he is probably the most mature and mentally developed of the four Pages. He may not realize his full power at the moment, but he knows how to use what he has discovered to the best of his ability. Like all the Pages, the Page of Swords will manifest in your life either as an event, another person or as a part of yourself that needs to be awakened.

As an event, the Page of Swords deals with insight and perception, and use of one’s inherent mental powers. Due to its assocations with subtlety and even espionage, the Page of Swords can show either the commencement of an act of spying, or the detection of a spy. “Spy” in this sense can be taken in many ways: someone who is interested in you or in someone else, somebody who is doing research or gathering information, or in rare cases, someone who wants to do someone else harm. But since the more positive side of the Swords is inherent in the Page, this last interpretation is uncommon and only in rare cases is it not eliminated right away.

A person shown by the Page of Swords will have a good balance between mind and heart; his emotions will not rule him but he will not have to think over every single decision he makes. He is the ideal emissary or ambassador since he seizes and exploits all opportunities that arise. He quickly adapts to changing circumstances and is gifted with eloquent speech. Unlike some of the “older” Swords court cards, the Page always expresses his true feelings, though he is always able to camouflage his true intent if he wants to. When he decides to throw away diplomacy and call things like he sees them, prepare for a serious reality check.

Awakening these qualities in yourself can have many advantages. The Page of Swords uses his blade to cut straight to the heart of a matter, ridding the area of cobwebs and red herrings that might lure you astray. His appearance is often a challenge, to expand your mind and look at things in new ways that you hadn’t thought of before. If you have been unable to see all the aspects of a situation, the Page will show you how, and aid you in uncovering that which is less than obvious. Understand the problem that you face, and in the process of learning you will often find an answer. Expand your mind, learn how to do new things and have fun doing them. Seek out the truth, regardless of the consequences, and try to become more adept in the use of your mind.

James Rioux (The Black Shadow), bshadow@nbnet.nb.ca.
Copyright 2000 James Rioux.