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Page of Swords

Page of Swords

 

Pages, if I’m not mistaken, are the messengers – delivering messages, so unexpected news may be arriving.

Swords represent the element of Air, thought, and intillect – logic, and reason.

The keywords that come to mind when I see this card are flexibility and preparedness.  This page, although holding a sword, does not look as if he’s prepared to strike, but instead, looks almost as if he’s striking a pose, or dancing.  There are clouds around him, but to me, they look almost like a “mist”, as if to say there are forces at work, change in progress.

I’m floundering a bit with this card this morning, second guessing myself, and I’m not sure why.  Generally, I associate it to Taurus energy, and a tendency to be work oriented (almost to a fault).  In readings, I usually caution against workaholic tendencies and remind the person to remain flexible.  The story I often associate with this card is that of a tree.  If a tree tries to resist wind when the wind blows, it will snap.  If it tries to hold it’s position when the wind blows, it will break.  However, if the tree is flexible and able to bend with the currents of the wind, it will survive the storm. Be flexible and bend like the tree in the wind, and keep the mind open to new possibilities.  Be prepared… change is in the air.

Now… because I’ve second guessed myself today (which is exactly why I do the Daily Dose… to LEARN as much as to get a grasp on the day’s influences), I’m extremely curious to see what the other sources say:

Here’s from Solitary Witch: Book of Shadows for the Next Generation by Silver Raven Wolf:

Messages of a fact-finding nature. Young, intelligent individual. A flair for secrets and spying. Individual with an impressive network that can relay information.

Here’s from LearnTarot.com:

Use Your Mind
analyze the problem
use logic and reason
reexamine beliefs
develop an idea or plan
study or research the facts
learn or teach
think everything through
 
Be Truthful
act honestly
face the facts
stop deceiving
clear up any confusion
expose what is hidden
speak directly 
Be Just
right a wrong
act ethically
treat others equally
champion a cause
try to be fair
do what you know is right
accept responsibility
acknowledge the other point of view 
Have Fortitude
face problems squarely
refuse to be discouraged
meet setbacks with renewed energy
keep a firm resolve
move out of depression
keep your chin up and head high

keep trying

The Page of Swords is a messenger bringing you challenges. He suggests that an opportunity for growth may come your way in the guise of a problem or dilemma. These challenges may not be your favorites. In fact, you probably will want to say “Thanks…but no thanks.”

The Page of Swords asks you to embrace these difficult situations. Think of them as trials designed to test your mettle. If you accept and prevail, you will become stronger and more resilient. In meeting these challenges, you are encouraged to use the tools of the Swords suit – honest, reason, integrity and fortitude.

The Page of Swords can also stand for a child or young-at-heart adult whose interactions with you involve truthfulness, ethical behavior, discouragement or matters of the mind. This relationship is likely to be troubled or difficult in keeping with the challenges of the Swords suit.

Sometimes the Page of Swords implies that your entire situation is one suffused with the spirit of learning, discovery, and mental activities of all kinds. At such times, use your mind and enjoy the delights of the intellect.

And from AeclecticTarot:

PAGES

The first court cards are the Pages/Princesses. It is always best to imagine them as young, and with a letter or scroll in hand or on their person. The element of the pages is “Earth” indicating something young, growing, a seed planted. So the Page of Wands would be “Earth of Fire” – the seed of fire, so to speak. The spark. Pages most often stand for children, though they can also be said to be the “Fool’s” alter ego. So, an adult who is child-like enough might also be a page. The Querent, if starting something very new and fresh might also be said to be “The Page” – in this case, a kind of apprentice. Deck-wise, if a Page, they can be male or female. If a Princess, likely a female young person; the prince will be the male young person.

When no children seem to be involved (the person you’re reading for is childless, has no friends with kids, etc.), then the Pages can indicate that the Querent is about to receive a message. The purpose of a page, after all, is to deliver messages. In this case:

Page of Swords

A message relating to a problem either solved or ending badly, or a message that gives one an idea or solution. Sometimes about illness. Sometimes rumor or gossip – in which case, check it out carefully, it might be false.

Page of Swords

You can’t shut up this kid. “Why? Why? Why?” he/she’s always asking. And even more alarming, anything they hear, they’ll repeat, just blurt it out in front of people. They’ll go up to Aunt Hazel and say, “Are you carrying a baby? Mommy says it looks like you are….” On the positive side, this kid could be quite a brain, good at puzzles, quick to learn. And they already know how to use the computer better than you do. Likeable, but also the most aggravating of kids because whatever you tell them to do, they’ll argue about it. You have to watch that they don’t become “know-it-alls” or tattletales.

Personal Notes: Well, I can connect a few things from the sources to what I’m currently going through. I am shifting back into a learning phase, and coming out of a depression. That’s a familiar cycle for me. The depression strikes when I feel “bored”, or have a complete lack of interest in learning anything new. When creativity is blocked, the muse goes on strike, and I feel completely uninspired. Then, something in me sparks, I get the hunger for knowledge again. I drink in as much knowledge as I can, studying a particular topic or starting a new project. Once the knowledge-drinking phase comes to a close, the creativity begins as I start to put into practice what I’ve learned.

I have been mentally lazy, there’s no doubt about that – and I think everything I’ve written in my blog to date shows that pretty clearly. I am learning to think things through, and to exist on more of a mental plane.

There’s not really anything I’ve been dishonest about or hiding, other than the fact that I have not completely and openly expressed my feelings in certain situations.  I’m not hiding them, so to speak.  In fact, I wear them pretty much on my sleeve – but vocalizing them has been a challenge for me and I keep my emotions well guarded – not so much because I feel vulnerable or like I may be hurt, but because I’m not completely confident in that other people need to hear what I have to say.  I don’t want to change the dynamics of a situation by “unloading” something on someone when they’re not ready to bear the weight of it.  July’s reading told me point blank to speak what I feel… and quite honestly, I was rigid and refused.  I came close once… and then backed out because of what I sensed coming from the other person. (blah blah blah)

I did just write about studying palmistry, so I’m sure that’s part of what’s being expressed here – but maybe I’m being cautioned not to talk about that too much.  When I get excited over something, I tend to talk about it a lot, to share what I’ve learned, because sharing it helps “cement” it in my mind… but it can get annoying to other people, I’m sure.

The source definitions remind me a bit of two of my three children.  Atlas was the one who always knew everything.  In his younger years, hanging out with him was like trying to have a conversation with an encyclopedia.  And Stinkerbelle is the one with the tattle-tale tendencies, the one who can’t keep a secret or who is subject to gossip. Maybe I need to look for reflections of those aspects within myself.

Will have to spend some more time with this card later.  I’m bothered that it seems so perplexing to me today when normally I’ve had no problem with it.

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