Inspiring Enchantment & Illumination with Tarot & Intuitive Guidance

Tarot Card of the Week – May 19 – 25

The Page of Swords
You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers.
You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.

— Naguib Mahfouz, winner of the 1988 Nobel Prize for Literature

In the Tarot, the Pages are messengers. They may offer opportunities for change; in this case, perhaps, a chance to change your mind. Or the Page of Swords can be the truth-teller, as my friend Gavin has noted, indicating that something is being left unsaid that needs to be expressed.

The swords, of course, represent the element of Air, and correspond to the energy of the intellect. The Page may represent the tumultuous nature of intellectual discovery and inspiration, before experience and wisdom can temper them. Or perhaps he prepares for a battle of ideas.

I can’t help but sometimes think of how this Page is holding his sword like a baseball player at bat. This week, when someone throws you a pitch, are you ready to give it your best shot?

Or are you becoming defensive, expecting each encounter to be a curve ball, bringing conflict? Perhaps a confrontation, and serious truth-telling is needed, but proceed with caution. The Pages are impetuous and inexperienced and don’t always handle situations with wisdom.

The Page of Swords may be offering you an opportunity for growth that comes in the guise of problems or dilemmas. This would certainly be in parallel with the karmic final exam Lynn Hayes describes in this second Scorpio Full Moon.

Such opportunities are rarely our favorite ones. But if the Page asks you to embrace a difficult situation and meet its challenge, consider that will ultimately make you stronger and more resilient.

This week, there may be uncomfortable truths that come up. Take them as they come, facing them directly. Be open to discussions, but beware of the Page’s immature tendencies to be too clever for his own good, his wit being sometimes cutting and creating enmity in his relationships.

Instead, know that the Sword of truth and knowledge you hold has two edges and needs to be wielded with both honesty and compassion.

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  • May 19, 2008, 2:51 pm Debbie the Bee Queen

    I know exactly what you mean about the Page of Swords’ immaturity and being too clever for his own good. I have to admit I went through a period like this when I was younger (and I still battle with the tendency on occasion). But it is extremely clear in my 16 year old nephew.

    He is very quick to make “smart aleck” remarks that are cutting and painful, especially to his 13 year old sister who is very sensitive and not as quick with her tongue. And when you try to correct this behavior the response you are likely to get is “well it’s the truth isn’t it?” As though that makes it okay to be cruel.

    In many ways seeing some of these traits in him has helped make me more aware of them in myself. Not a pleasant mirror image but a very helpful and necessary one.

  • May 19, 2008, 4:24 pm Beth Owl's Daughter

    Debbie! Thanks so much for stopping by..I just LOVE your blog and am delighted that you shared this.. It is so exactly true.

    In the name of being “candid,” people can do a lot of harm, while pretending to be innocent. They forget (or pretend to not know) that they are using words as weapons that can and do hurt.

    And their lack of compassion for others’ feelings often creates ill-will that eventually comes back to haunt them.