Have you ever spoken truth to the powerful and did not even realize the challenge you had presented them? Are you learning the complex jargon of a new field and comprehending what a new you could look like when you master this language? Have you looked at the reasons you should stay or leave a relationship? Is an employment situation requiring you to be less than honest about what the company can or cannot do? All of these circumstances bring about a Tarot reading that includes the Page of Swords laid out before you.
Page cards represent a fresh, demanding challenge to your position in the world. The Page of Swords exists to remind you that your integrity is the sharpest weapon in your arsenal. No matter how experienced you are in the world, from time to time, problems arise that are truly novel situations. When your policy is sticking to the truth, these conundrums are simple to resolve.
A young man stands alone on a grassy, craggy landscape under billowing clouds amidst a blue sky. He is dressed efficiently and sports a short ponytail that blows in the wind. Looking in the direction that the wind blows from, he holds a large sword with both hands elevated so that the handle of the weapon aligns with his shoulder. The sword points up, angling slightly away from him and in most Tarot decks, at least the top one-third of the sword is not in the picture, emphasizing the Page’s place in the foreground of the Tarot reading.
Swords are cards of words and ideas. Truth and justice are the highest ideals. We all politely nod in their direction and live up to them when it is easy, but the Page of Swords shows a challenging wind blowing towards you in a new way. Court cards (Pages, Knights, Queens and Kings) all depict an individual alone. You will be isolated in your moment of deliberation. The Page of Swords is a card that can underscore your character through your actions for years to come. The outcome may not be pretty, but the strength to your personhood that the result of this challenge brings is unmistakable.
Court Card Pairings
When there is more than one court card in your Tarot reading, your psychic or Tarot reader may be looking to determine if one of these cards represents someone else in your life. You may get a few probing questions that seem out of synch with an ordinary reading, but understand that there is a need on the part of your Tarot reader to determine just who is who in your reading.
A Page card represents a novice, so if you are close to a teenager or are dating a younger man, the possibility exists that the Tarot deck is using the Page card to bring this person into the discussion of what is going on in your life.
Meaning in Past, Present and Future Positions
Every Tarot reading is divided into the past, present and future. The cards are dealt to tell a story that is the whole story of where you have been, where you are now and where you are going.
The Page of Swords in the past position represents a moment in your past when it would have been the right thing for you to speak the truth. Did you? This is not a passive card and you can usually relate to one instance from your childhood or recent past when it was up to you to operate with integrity and tell the truth in order to have justice granted. The card in this position can also indicate an overall foundation of integrity as part of your character, a truth-teller no matter what the risk or social conventions may be.
In the present position, the Page is at his most challenging. You are alone in a decision and the truth is almost too terrible, or costly, to tell. But your character and integrity are on the line. You might not get caught, but the Page of Swords is insisting you take the righteous path because next time there might be someone watching as you feel comfortable operating on the other side of the integrity line.
The Page of Swords is most likely to represent another person when it appears in the future position. This could indicate a pregnancy with a child on its way soon. A new love interest that is younger than you could be giving you some important news when you least expect it. If your lover is much older than you, the Page of Swords most definitely represents you with something to tell him.
When a reading commences, the cards mingle, adding meaning to each other as they are dealt in front of you. When the Page of Swords is in a reading with lots of other Sword cards, the discussions will be endless and perhaps even philosophical. Everyone will have an opinion to share and someone may be making things murky by twisting their tale.
When there are lots of cards from the suit of Wands present with the Page of Swords, you will be experiencing truth in the form of some artistic experience. Perhaps you will attend a concert that serves as your own personal Woodstock, or see an exhibit at a museum that changes your perception of the world for good. If you are the creative type, this is a great card combination to make an artwork that explains your world-view beyond the limitations that verbal expression has – a universal declaration can be produced.
A reading that features the Page of Swords with many cards from the suit of Cups is telling you that speaking up might actually be a great emotional relief. Are you bottling in your feelings to win the approval of someone? You have underestimated what speaking up on behalf of a good cause can bring! The suit of Pentacles is a great one to combine with the Page of Swords. This is the suit that influences material wealth. A reading such as this indicates that you will get rewarded for performing an honorable act. Justice will be done!