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Tarot Card of the Week – Sept. 1 – 7

The Page of Swords
I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God
who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.
— Galileo Galilei

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.

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  • September 1, 2008, 1:27 pm ARIE

    I see something strange in his standing position. Ony the toes of the right foot are touching the ground. The left food is facing backwards. His body is like a bow.
    It does not seem a very stable position and he could fall any time. He will have to move. I tried standing in this exact position and it is not comfortable and I don’t think I could defend myself in it.
    The wind is very strong.
    By the way last week’s card was very real to me. Not only did it come out as a card for the day but it’s energy was very much present.
    It happens sometimes that the card of the week is also my card of the day. Sometimes it even repeats itself for some consecutive days.

  • September 2, 2008, 5:59 am Beth Owl's Daughter

    That is REALLY interesting, Arie! I have tried posing in a lot of the positions in these cards, but hadn’t ever tried this one, and you’re right! It is VERY illuminating!

    He is at the very still point before movement, and you’re right he will HAVE to move – soon, intensely!

    Thanks SO much for this insight!

  • September 2, 2008, 8:42 am Madeline

    EVER SINGLE ASPECT of this tarot card fits the picture of what’s happening in my family business–waiting for the other shoe to drop,unpleasant truths to be faced, hopefully getting stronger by going through all this–I’m in such a foul mood over it all–an employee problem has been let go on way too long and is complicated by the fact the employee is a personal friend–my husband and I are in a real pickle..what a weekend. a vacation was ruined..oh well..I could go on and on but it would just be venting..I am sad, don’t know what the right thing to do is, and hope SOMEONE figures it all out.

  • September 2, 2008, 11:52 am earthreflection

    Interesting thoughts shared. The pose reminded me of a baseball player, waiting in the power position for the next pitch. The pitch would determine his action. Either step back and let the ball pass by or step into it and power swing into action for the good of the team. Success depends on his discernment of the approaching energy, what to let go and what to respond to. 🙂

    PS Madeline so sorry to hear the deep sadness in your post. Listen to your heart connection with the Divine in all involved and you will know the way through.