What you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing; it also depends on what sort of person you are.
C. S. Lewis, The Magician’s Nephew
This week, we’ll need to stay on our toes and pay attention to important messages, because that fierce, smart, but callow youth, the Page of Swords, has come to visit yet again (he was our guide twice last year, including during the U.S. elections).
The Swords are ruled by the Element of Air, and correspond to the energy of the intellect, words, the mind, attitude, and information. Although Swords are associated with the season of Spring, there is a lot going on that makes his visit a timely one, despite the season.
Pages in the Tarot are often messengers and risk-takers, with little in the way of possessions, protection, or equipment. They are inexperienced, and have a lot to prove. This is the oldest of the four Pages. It will not be long before his initiation into knighthood. What test is he preparing for?
Unlike the darker, more stormy scenes in most of the other Swords cards, the sky behind this 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 of Swords 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, expecting the “other shoe to drop.”
As we watch the dramas and loyalties of those in power shifting each day, there is a lot of that feeling going around right now.
Arthur Waite summarized this card with the word, “vigilance.” What enemies are nearby? Is there real danger on the horizon?
And as is so often the case, the question about the “people cards” of the Court is whether they represent us, someone else, or simply the generalized energy.
Are you expecting a rite of passage? Many of us will be undergoing something along those lines, in this Tarot Year of the Hanged Man.
What information are we being given that affects our choices? Is it really true?
The explosive news story over the weekend was that after the CRWH’s (Current Resident of the White House) firing of FBI Director James Comey —
..law enforcement officials became so concerned by [his] behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests, according to former law enforcement officials and others familiar with the investigation.
“The inquiry carried explosive implications. Counterintelligence investigators had to consider whether [his] own actions constituted a possible threat to national security. Agents also sought to determine whether [CRWH] was knowingly working for Russia or had unwittingly fallen under Moscow’s influence.
Adam Goldman, Michael S. Schmidt and Nicholas Fandos, The New York Times
But perhaps even more apropos of this week’s card is the news that CRWH not only unfailingly excluded everyone except the interpreters from his meetings with Vladimir Putin, but he even “swiped” the translator’s notes after the infamous meeting in 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. He has kept all such documentation hidden, refusing to share it with anyone, including the State Department or Department of Defense.
What secret conversations, deals, or strategies would need to be kept secret from even the most benevolent senior officials in his own staff?
A former Deputy Secretary of State, told the Washington Post that CRWH’s secrecy surrounding Putin (who is the head of America’s most dangerous adversary) “is not only unusual by historical standards, it is outrageous.”
So returning to the matter at hand, it would be accurate to view the Page of Swords as a scribe. If so, he is fiercely defensive. Who or what is he protecting? What information does he guard, and to what end?
In addition, you might look for news stories this week that are sensationalistic, but may not stand up under good, investigative scrutiny. Be sure to reality check rumors and gossip. Take the time to see past Tweet-storm melodramas, and go deeper for the real facts.
Perception Can Be Everything
Do you await important, but possibly difficult news? Is there some situation that has you on edge? Are you expecting some curve ball that you will need to smack with dead aim, if you are to score?
Perhaps opposition awaits you, but proceed with caution. Pages are impetuous and inexperienced and don’t handle nuance, timing, or diplomacy as well as the more mature King or Queen.
On a happier note, this would be a good week to begin new studies of some kind, for the Page of Swords is a friend to all novice scholars and students. He is diligent and very intelligent, as long as he can soften his attitude and be more receptive.
And beware of this Page’s juvenile tendencies to show off and be too cunning 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. His attempts at clever humor can sting, often unintentionally. Cultivating mindfulness instead can help slow down potentially hurtful reactionary reflexes.
Thanks to his combative training, the Page of Swords also has a tendency to expect enemies everywhere. If this is someone you know, avoid being drawn into their arguments, for often they conceal the traps of an immature ego and a need for theatrics.
Confrontation or the possibility of being the target of a sharp tongue 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.
But unlike him, you need not draw your sword at the first hint of challenge.
A bellicose, fearful attitude has done much harm in this world, especially when the real danger may have been elsewhere all along. Like last week’s Justice card, his sword is two-edged, and true skill calls for clarity balanced with compassion.
Watch your words, keep a cool head, and remember what sort of person you are.