the page cards of the tarot

Included within the Tarot deck are multiple sets of numbered cards and court cards. The numbered cards run from Ace to ten. Each of the four suits (Swords, Cups, Pentacles and Wands) is represented within the numbered cards and in the sixteen court cards of the deck. The court cards represent the royal court of each suit, including a King and a Queen. Each set also contains one Knight and one Page.

Pages are the lowest members of the court. Like many lower status officials, they carry clout by association but have limited power. The potential to inherit status and be great is there, but for now, they live a life of leisure and luxury.

Court cards have a unique place within the Tarot because they either reflect your present psychological state or the perceptions of others. An experienced Tarot reader is usually able to decipher the complex interconnections, but a good insight to keep in mind when it comes to Page cards is this: if things feel new and uncertain, the Page likely represents you. If you feel in control, the Page is someone else.

The Page brings a childlike joy into your life. When this card appears in a reading, it indicates transformation in an area of your life. Whether you are undergoing a rebirth or just moving to a new part of town, the Page card is a reminder that upheaval in life may be a gift that allows us a chance to wander, childlike, without a need for immediate, concrete answers.

When a reading features two Pages, a lack of structure is indicated. Perhaps you are on vacation and have no plans. Two Pages in your reading emphasize that no direction is your direction. In other words, go frolic!

Pages also have a shadow side. To revert to childishness around your responsibilities is merely an escape. To run away from commitments in the name of a fresh start is immature behavior, and delays your full enjoyment the world as an adult. People who act like children to avoid the tougher parts of everyday life are eventually treated like children, punished or avoided by close companions who would ordinarily offer love and encouragement.

Every Tarot reading is divided into sections representing your past, present and future. A Page card in the past position represents childlike feelings; joyful immersions in the world of play or ignorant acts of selfishness. The cards around the Page tell the complete story. A natural position for Pages is in the past. Its presence in this place makes for a stronger reading. The outcome of your Tarot reading will be more intense with a Page as its foundation.

The Pages

The Page of Wands

The Page of Wands is a great card to have in the present position, Wands are a symbol of creativity, and exploring your creative side with youthful exuberance in the present can pay off handsomely. The Page of Wands in the present position suggests thinking differently, or outside the box.

When The High Priestess appears in your reading, your need to seek out a solution to imbalances may isolate you as others feel you are behaving selfishly.

The Page of Pentacles

The Page of Pentacles is a tricky card to get in the present position, this card teaches about how to handle money. The good news here is that you might have more money than you have ever had before in your life, but you may behave childishly with your finances. Like childhood itself, the money may be gone before you realize it.

The Page of Cups

The Page of Cups, in the present position, indicates vulnerabilities in relating to others. Perhaps someone is offering nurturing in order to get something from you for themselves. A child is not sophisticated enough to spot this type of deception. This could also indicate behaving badly toward someone else.

The Page of Swords

The Page of Swords in the present position is like a breath of fresh air. Children speak unpleasant truths. You may confront an unpopular boss who intimidates other people. Swords represent words and ideas and the Page of Swords speaks his youthful truths to intense effect in the all-too proper adult world.


Pages of any suit in the future position are a small blessing, a glimmer of something to look forward to. They may represent children or grandchildren in your future or they could refer to a retirement spent in blissful recreation.

Any one of the Tarot’s court cards defines a position in life, from the childhood of the Page to the domineering fatherhood of the King. A childhood in your future may be a time of new learning and embracing things you could not have imagined ever trying. Sometimes we grow mentally younger as life goes on. Page cards in the future position signal this optimistic outlook.

Pages have the power of youth. Whether reflecting your youthful sense of wonder or a new stage of learning, the Page is a card that symbolizes an introductory stage. Followed in a reading by a Knight, Queen or King they serve to underscore that you are on a great path. Continue on the path you’ve chosen for the best results.

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