Page of Swords Tarot Card
The Tarot Suit of Swords
The Tarot Suit of Swords is associated with the suit of Spades in standard playing cards - both have sharp edges. Although many tarot decks use the term swords to refer to this suit, it also has other names (that is, for the equivalent suit in other decks), which include daggers, blades or knives.
There are meanings associated with each of the suits in a tarot deck, as well as the more specific interpretations associated with each individual card - and yet more precise meanings pertaining to particular cards in particular locations within spreads.
The suit of swords is associated with the element of air. It is also associated with the season of spring and the direction East. The suit of swords concerns academic or philosophical thought, intellectual pursuits, truth, and clarity.
The 'Pages' in the Tarot Deck may also be known by other names (depending on the deck used).
For example the Golden Dawn tarot deck includes 'Princesses' while the Shapeshifter's Tarot has 'Seekers' in place of the 'Pages' in the Rider-Waite deck.
All court cards can be interpreted as referring to a person with the particular card providing information to identify the individual. Alternatively they may be interpreted symbolically, in which case Pages are often understood to represent messages for the querent.
The element of the Pages is 'Earth' indicating something young, growing, a seed planted. Pages often indicate children and can also represent the Fool's alter ego. That is, an adult who is child-like enough might also be represented by a 'Page' ('Princess', 'Seeker' or equivalent in other decks).
In the case of the Page of Swords, the theme is developing one's own personal and unique understanding of the world. This is in part an intellectual realization, yet also a practical experiential one.
The Page of Swords invites the querent to consider the situation with all aspects of him- or herself, both right- and left-brain, creative and analytical. It is a card of considerable energy and as with many teenagers enthusiastic about a cause, the power of intention may be palpable. The Page of Swords may encourage the querent not to hold back.
Keywords for the possible meanings of the Page of Swords Tarot Card include:
- Agility, awareness, vigilance
- Excellent vision, both physically and intuitively
- Help from a younger person (possibly, although not necessarily, a child)
- Service performed secretly
What about the Page of Swords Reversed ?
Some interpretations of the meaning of the Page of Swords reversed include:
- Bad news, unexpected events that cause plans to be changed
- An unpredictable child or youth, e.g. a young person who may be intelligent but untrustworthy
- Risk of misunderstandings: Check the 'small print' carefully if asked to approve contracts or other agreements