With this card we are given a message of something bold and new. Pages are the messengers among the court cards. The suit of Swords represents the element of Air to symbolize thought, knowledge, innovation, springtime, dawn and awakening. When a court card comes up, it represents a person in our life. Most likely that person is you.
As a card of the court we look for personality in this image. Swords being the suit of thought and innovation, contain also the aggressive growth as Earth bursting forth in Springtime. Also a weapon, the suit may represent conflict but this is the challenge of integrating new ideas against the established paradigm – and the two-edged trouble of unintended consequences. Brought to earth in the hands of a foot soldier, or a child (“Fante” being the old Italian name for this court card,) this card may indicate technology, apprenticeship, prying eyes about you, or even journalism. Be careful not to blame the messenger because you don’t like the message. And perhaps touche cuts a little too close with the barb of this messenger’s wit.
Too young to know better, the Page’s red boots on the ground indicate a passion for the cause and the path they tread. The sword is larger than we can see, and the birds encircle the head of our Page, like (but not necessarily the same as) a halo or infinity loop. Perhaps the Page only believes herself to be sanctified because the cause is just, or was that the other way ’round? Regardless, immediate danger may easily be overlooked when her vigilant eyes look everywhere but the path ahead. If you are this Page today, you may want to look ahead at where you are going with this thing in your hands. It is almost as mighty as a pen, you know.
Images from The Smith-Waite Tarot Centennial Edition Deck are used in this blog. They feature the artist, Pamela Colman Smith’s, original coloring and lovely back design. The cards are a bit oversized and printed on sturdy cardstock. This deck is one of my personal favorites. =:->AD
Rider-Waite images used with permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902. c. 1971 by U.S. Games Systems, Inc.