“Rabbit’s clever,” said Pooh thoughtfully.
“Yes,” said Piglet, “Rabbit’s clever.”
“And he has Brain.”
“Yes,” said Piglet, “Rabbit has Brain.”
There was a long silence.
“I suppose,” said Pooh, “that that’s why he never understands anything.”
This week, as millions of us travel and celebrate Thanksgiving (in the U.S.), we need to stay on our toes and pay attention to important messages. Look out — 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.
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?
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 (male or female) 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.”
I know there is a lot of that feeling going around right now.
Rites of Passage
It is worth noting that the Page of Swords is the eldest of the four Pages. It will not be long before his initiation into knighthood. What test is he preparing for?
Is there some rite of passage awaiting you this week? Do you expect 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?
This could describe many upcoming Thanksgiving gatherings, especially when the divisiveness and bitterness from the U.S. election may have created sharp divisions among family members.
Yet, if we go into such situations with swords drawn, what kind of response can we expect? Perhaps this rite of passage is to accept with grace, or at least call a truce, regarding the imperfections of those we love. Few families live up to the standards of a Norman Rockwell, air-brushed commercial advertising holiday, or even the lovable dysfunction of a cute sit-com.
Eyes and Minds Wide Open
What information are we being given that affects our choices? Is it really true?
One of the big (legitimate) news stories right now, which may have powerfully affected the U.S. election outcome, as well as the Brexit vote, is the topic of fake news.
My brilliant friend, Elisabeth Grace explains how current astrological influences are bursting this bubble of cynical deception:
…This is one of the bubbles suggested by Saturn (reality, control, authority) in Sagittarius (opinion, publishing, collective belief) square Neptune (surreal, lies, faith) in Pisces (victims, feelings, faith). This was the major planetary pattern of late 2015 until just about now.
The bubble that is bursting is fake news, now that Saturn and Neptune are moving away from each other. Alas, too little, too late. This story cites seven fake stories — most of which I saw posted on various FB pages — that were circulating before the election. This Washington Post interview with fake-news writer Paul Horner is a must, must, must-read — here’s an excerpt:
You mentioned Trump, and you’ve probably heard the argument, or the concern, that fake news somehow helped him get elected. What do you make of that?
My sites were picked up by Trump supporters all the time. I think Trump is in the White House because of me. His followers don’t fact-check anything — they’ll post everything, believe anything. His campaign manager posted my story about a protester getting paid $3,500 as fact. Like, I made that up. I posted a fake ad on Craigslist.
Here’s an interview with another fake news profiteer. Another must-read: “Blue Feed, Red Feed: See Liberal Facebook and Conservative Facebook Side-by-Side.” — if you ever needed proof that our polarized nation is living in separate bubbles…
This week, Mark Zuckerberg announced a new “push against fake news,” after being called out by President Obama.
We shall see. And we will be writing of other bubbles bursting in future forecasts.
Certainly, the Page of Swords is perfectly equipped for bursting bubbles. And it’s past time, don’t you think?
Look for more sensational news stories this week which may not stand up under close scrutiny. Be sure to fact check rumors and gossip. Keep your mind open with a sense of curiosity. Ask questions and avoid jumping to conclusions.
Don’t Poke the Bear
Although it is possible that some kind of opposition awaits you, 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 this Page’s juvenile tendencies to show off, like blasting off a rant on social media, or otherwise acting out. As my dad likes to say, “Put your brain into gear before engaging your mouth.”
The Page of Swords might be smart, but maybe not as smart as he or she thinks. Brave, yes, but often foolhardy, too.
He is also spoiling to show off his prowess and dominance in a fight. But a more experienced Sword carrier easily sees through the feints and boasts of the adversary and picks only the battles that matter.
If this is you, think before you speak. Make sure you’ve got your facts straight, and dial down your emotions.
If the Page represents some other person you are dealing with, avoid being drawn into their arguments, for often they are traps constructed from an immature ego and a need for drama. Be intelligent about whether you realistically can disarm or persuade the person who disagrees.
Confrontation or the possibility of being in harm’s way are rarely much fun. But the Page is light on his feet. Like the Page of Swords, watch your back, stay on the high ground, and keep up your guard if you truly must.
Practice discernment. Know the difference between real challenges and provocation.
Like Rabbit, he may like to show off his clever brain, but true understanding requires knowledge and insight.
Watch your words, keep a cool head, and temper the steel of your sword with watchful wisdom.