Page of Swords At A Glance
Keywords: New ideas, fresh perspective, spark of inspiration, stimulating conversations, constructive criticism, closed minded, curiosity
Element: Air (thoughts, ideas and communication)
Page of Swords Tarot Card Description
The Page of Swords is the eleventh card in the suit of Swords and a minor arcana court card within tarot. It features a youthful man swinging a sword. He is alone and doesn’t appear to be in danger so this suggests he is practicing the performance element of wielding his weapon.
He is completely focused in the moment with his eyes, mind and body all focusing on his task. It appears he is inspired and inventing new ways to move, dodge or attack and we are watching him explore and create new combinations. The bright sky and wind-blown trees shows his clear mind is thinking fast. As inspiration strikes him he moves quickly to implement his idea.
Page of Swords Upright Meaning
All cards in tarot speak to our feelings, certain attributes and situations we encounter as does this card. But being a court card it also has another feature. Court cards (Pages, Knights, Queens and Kings) all represent real people we meet in our day to day lives. But which people? That is determined by the attributes of the suit they are in.
Pages are usually youthful and carry messages and signs. The suit of Swords is one of communication, ideas, thoughts and dreams. So we can put these two together and conclude that the Page of Swords card says we will be inspired by the words of someone we know.
A conversation with someone who inspires us and has a youthful energy to them will lead to us having a great idea which we should hash out further.
“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.” - Herman Melville
Page of Swords Reversed Meaning
Unfortunately the opposite is true when the Page of Swords meets us in its reversed position. We might feel scatterbrained or like our mind is sluggish and fogged. Instead of feeling like we are struck with a bolt of inspiration we feel creatively blocked. Our tired and frazzled mind has nothing in the tank and we feel frustrated and stuck.
This can suggest a conversation with someone doesn’t have the desired effect and instead of feeling bolstered afterwards we feel dejected. We were hoping to develop a plan or idea further but instead we receive criticism that sucks the joy from us. It could be that this criticism was warranted because we hadn’t seen these oversights.
We value the points that were raised but we still feel a bit sensitive towards the subject. Or it can sometimes mean the constrictive feedback we received was too harsh and totally unwarranted.
“Burnout is nature’s way of telling you you’ve been going through the motions your soul has departed.” - Sam Keen
Page of Swords: Yes or No
When upright the Page of Swords is a yes card. It suggests we have the ability to be creatively inspired meaning we can take this opportunity on and be successful.
When reversed it is the Page of Swords is a no. It implies we don’t have the resources or motivation we would need to complete the tasks involved at this time.
Let’s Break Down the Page of Swords In Our Lives
How the Page of Swords can have slightly different meanings depending on what area of our lives it is referring to.
Page of Swords In Love
Receiving the Page of Swords in love questions is a good sign that our relationships (both platonic and romantic) are stimulating and inspire us. This could be an intellectual debate or even witty banter. It challenges us and pushes us to adapt mentally which invigorates other areas of our lives too.
Reversed reductive arguments and bickering meet us with this card. We find the banter has turned sour, the stimulating debates have devolved into point scouring bickering and instead of feeling invigorated by the conversions in our relationships we feel stifled.
Page of Swords With Money
The Page of Swords in money questions suggests a new idea could be highly profitable for us. We must not get carried away and romanticize the idea though, there are many practical steps which we need to consider. It says we need to create a practical plan that firmly supports the idea.
Reversed the Page of Swords is implying we are stuck in analysis paralysis. We have a plan for a new financial venture but instead of acting on it we procrastinate and work on the plan further and further.
This leads us to chasing toxic perfectionism (wanting everything to be perfect right away.) We need to stop waiting and just begin, accepting that stumbling along the way is a normal and healthy part of growing businesses and financial ventures.
Page of Swords At Work
To receive this card for career queries can imply a very ambitious person that we probably know from a working or professional relationship. It can also symbolize a person who has strongly tied their identity with their job. A very ambitious and hardworking person will inspire us to push our own career endeavors and turning to them for advice could be very helpful for our own career goals.
Reversed it can suggest we are very confused about our careers and can’t truly decide or commit to either. We don’t have to though, many great careers have been made that didn’t exist before simply because someone refused to pick and instead performed both roles. With an open mind we can turn our decision on its head and create the quirky unusual career of our dreams.
Page of Swords With Others
When we receive the Page of Swords and have a question which refers to society it suggests that the world around us could be a great resource to seek inspiration from at this time. Whatever we do for a living we as an individual do not exist in a vacuum.
Everything that has ever been created has been influenced by those that came before it and we in our roles are no exception. It suggests we spend some time seeking out museums or places that fill us with inspiration.
Reversed the Page of Swords can imply that the world is too loud and adding to our current brain fog and confusion. Retreating to a quiet place in nature that is as free from human influence as possible can really help us ground our senses and relax our minds.
Page of Swords With Self
When we have introspective questions and we receive the Page of Swords it asks us to be our own source of inspiration. To quiet our minds and look within asking ourselves: “what do we have need of or wish to see more of in the world?” Once we have an answer to this we can begin charting a course that brings more of this into our lives.
Reversed the Page of Swords means that we desperately need a fresh perspective. We are burned out and unable to feel inspired because we have exhausted our minds and are very close to complete burnout and exhaustion.
For a short time we need to stop focusing on the situation directly and allow the subconscious to tackle it whilst we sleep and play. Then the answer will come to us easily once we have eased the mental friction we feel.
Page of Swords As Feelings
The Page of Swords feels like being hit with a bolt of inspiration. Whether we are a creative person and we receive an idea for a new piece or we have a new business venture or the Rory we want to research it feels like a quickening of our body as it rushes to jot don the idea.