Another Sword card this week. Get ready — challenges lie ahead.
Pages in the Tarot are often the risk-takers, with little in the way of possessions, protection or equipment. As Rachel Pollack notes, unlike the King and Queen of Swords, whose calm demeanor can be taken to indicate wisdom or discernment, the Knight and Page of Swords are more aggressive, with more of the conflicted energy customarily seen in the Swords suit. Where the Knight charges headlong in, the Page is more detached, and portrays, as Arthur Waite noted of this card, “vigilance.”
Is the Page angry? Why is he on the defensive? Where is the enemy in this picture, that causes him to draw his weapon? His sword points upwards, as if for justice. Does he fear or expect betrayal, or is he haunted by the past, as he gazes backwards over his shoulder? The clouds gather menacingly, the birds swirl in the wind, even the earth seems to be in motion, but despite his defensive stance, he is quite still.
The Page of Swords, as one of the Tarot’s messenger cards, can sometimes indicate news or events that bring plans to a standstill. The Republican National Convention has certainly already experienced this energy, with the upstaging of their event by Hurricane Gustav.
There is, in this card, a sense of waiting with sword drawn, for the “other shoe to drop.” You may be expecting important, but perhaps not welcome news. Or you may make a discovery that brings challenges. Trouble may be brewing, but instead of arguing, or denying your way out of it, the Page of Swords challenges us to be intellectually honest and face the truth. In fact, this new information could be an opportunity for growth, if you are honest and meet it head on.
Of course, such opportunities are rarely our favorite ones. But if the Page asks you to embrace a difficult situation, consider that it may 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, and speak your truth. But beware of the Page’s immature tendencies to be too clever for his own good. His tendency to show off his brilliant wit can cut, coming across as insulting or arrogant, and create enmity in his relationships.
Last but not least, the unwelcome fact is that dissent in our country is now being treated as criminal activity, and “pre-emptive detention” is being employed on peaceful protesters.
Never before in America has our liberty been in such jeopardy. Perhaps the Page is a call to wake up, pay attention,and be ready to fight if necessary. For we must always be vigilant, if we are to keep our freedoms.