Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.
~ Albert Einstein
This week, we need to stay on our toes and pay attention to important messages, because that fierce, smart, sometimes naive youth, the Page of Swords, has come to visit.
Arthur Waite summarized this card with the word, “vigilance.” What enemies are nearby? Is there real danger on the horizon?
The Swords, of course, represent the Element of Air, and correspond to the energy of the intellect, words, the mind, attitude, and information. This is the Element that is associated with the season of Spring.
Pages in the Tarot are often messengers and risk-takers, with little in the way of possessions, protection or equipment.
And as usual, the question about the Court cards is – as the “people cards” of the Tarot, do they represent us, someone else, or simply the generalized energy?
(You can develop your skills and confidence with these “face cards” by enrolling in my Tarot Boutique™ workshop: The Court Cards, which I am teaching on May 19. )
Unlike the darker, more stormy scenes in many of the other Swords cards, the sky behind the Page is blue, although the clouds are gathering. The landscape is rough, the water is choppy, and his windswept hair and the circling birds all point to turbulence.
The Page may represent someone engaged in the tumultuous nature of intellectual discovery and inspiration, before experience and wisdom can temper them. He gives us a sense of waiting with sword drawn, for the “other shoe to drop.”
It is worth noting that the Page of Swords is the oldest of the four Pages. It will not be long before his initiation into knighthood. What test is he preparing for?
Are you expecting a rite of passage?
Do you await important, but possibly difficult news? Is there some situation that threatens to put you on the defensive? Are you expecting some curve ball, that you will need to smack with dead aim, if you are to score?
What information are we being given that affects our choices? Is it really true? Look for news stories that are sensationalistic, but may not stand up under good, close scrutiny. Be sure to reality check rumors and gossip.
Perhaps opposition awaits you, but proceed with caution. The Pages are impetuous and inexperienced and don’t handle timing or diplomacy as well as the more mature King or Queen.
Beware of the Page’s juvenile tendencies to show off and be too clever for his own good. He is smart, but not as smart as he may think he is.
If this is you, think before you speak. Make sure you’ve got your facts straight, and dial down your emotions.
If he (or she) is someone else, avoid being drawn into their arguments, for often they are traps constructed from an immature ego and a need for drama.
Confrontation or the possibility of being in harm’s way is rarely much fun. But the Page is light on his feet. Like him, watch your back, stay on the high ground, and keep up your guard.
He may like to show off his prowess, but true genius doesn’t create problems. It anticipates and prevents difficulties from coming up in the first place.
Watch your words, keep a cool head, and temper the steel of your sword with watchful wisdom.