The Page of Swords – The Initiator
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As The Page of Swords takes his turn to step into the limelight, we meet the young man, woman or child of the Air Element. The Page of Swords is of the Element of Air, and Air governs the mentality and communication. Therefore it influences how we think, our thought processes, our logic, our powers of reasoning, anlaysing and rationalising. It also facilitates our ability to learn by allowing our brains to accumulate, assimilate and retain incoming stimuli for further use and application. The Air Element gifts us the power of communication by allowing that which the mind is processing or analysing, or knowledge that it has retained, to be expressed and vocalised by the power of speech or the written word.
As we know at this stage, all the Pages are influenced by the Element of Air along with their own Governing Element. The Page of Sword’s Governing Element is Air but as a Page he is also influenced by Air. This means Double Air. As a result this Page has a lot of Air going on in his personality. With so much Air around and influencing him, all this energy can go right up to the head. The Page of Sword’s mind is a whirlwind and his ability to articulate and communicate is extremely powerful. In his Upright State, he is a powerful force to behold and admire. But in his Reversed Aspect, it does not take a lot of imagination to understand how forceful this power could become. So let us now look at this lovely, bright and breezy young Page to take a closer look at his personality. Let us get to know how he thinks, acts and feels.
As we step into the scene we may be forgiven for feeling slightly unnerved when we discover we are standing on the summit of a tall mountain. It would be best if we did not look down for some of us with poor balance, or fear of heights, may feel quite alarmed. Instead we shall keep our eyes focused on The Page and his surrounding. As we get our bearings and look around us, not down, we appear to be in the middle of a mountain range. In front of us we see an agile young man who is brandishing a Sword over his left shoulder while looking over his right shoulder (off into the future) and far into the distance.
The Page of Swords is a sharp dresser but wears an outfit that is light, unencumbersome and far from fussy. This Page has a very fast mind and it needs to be able to move as fast as it can, or at least try to keep up with him. Indeed his outfit is the typical traditional costume worn during fencing practice. His yellow undergarment and yellow leggings suggest his incredible intellect and knowledge. When we see a lot of yellow in the Tarot, other than representing the sun, it very often suggests intense mental stimulation. With The Page of Swords being of the Element of Air and also influnenced by it, it is only to be expected that his mind would always be on the go, if not in overdrive. His red boots suggest, like all The Pages at this stage of their journey, the passion he has for the task or quest ahead. Yes, this Page is on a mission for sure and it may even be a secret mission, for he looks very daring and brave indeed.
Swords People are generally associated with dark hair, but in this depiction of him his hair is dark auburn. He is the only one of the Pages who does not wear a hat or headpiece of any sort. Yes, he does have his hair tied back with a black ribbon, but that is only to keep his hair out of his eyes when he is practicing his sword fighting. Other than that, he prefers to feel the air on his face and head, and enjoys when the wind whips it up, for he then feels connected to, and at one with his Element.
The Page stands atop a mountain and appears to be very close to the sky, if not almost part of it. Great white banks of clouds form over the distant mountains with some already blowing our way. These great big white clouds suggest much thinking and many thoughts as they gather strength around the Page. The Page has an active mind and yes, the white colouring of the clouds suggest that it is all positive mental activity at present. However, so many clouds, so many thoughts, going around and around can eventually lead to mental confusion and exhaustion. The Page has yet to understand that the Sword he holds in his hand is not the only thing he needs to practice with. It might all seem wonderful right now, as his mind flits this way and that, just like the wind, with thoughts, plans, ideas and calculations. However, all these will amount to nothing if he cannot discipline his mind enough to behave in an orderly fashion that will yield results which will not just blow away in the next gust of wind.
Birds fly high up in the sky, higher than the mountains even, soaring and gliding on the currents of air that carry them effortlessly to their destination. The birds in the sky are a reminder to The Page, that with the gift he has been given, his mind has the ability to soar above any situation, choas, drama or mystery in order to find the facts, the truth and a solution. He has been given the ‘birds-eye view’ but must keep his mind disciplined in order to realise its potential. He must learn to detach or disconnect from a situation in order to evaluate, analyse and sum up. He needs a calm and steady mind to do that. The Page’s bright new mind is like a young thoroughbred colt, let loose for the first time. It needs to run, run, run and keep on running, kicking up its heels and jumping over anything that might come in its path. If the colt cannot learn to calm this natural inclination he could end up causing damage to himself or to someone else.
In the background we see trees and can determine the strength of the wind by the way they are forced over in its rush and power. The Page of Swords is in his Element and feels no fear. When Spirit Gifted him his bright shiny Sword, along with the wonderful abilities it would shower him with, he was warned they would all be useless unless he could manage to keep his feet firmly on the ground. With so much Air surrounding this Page, it would be very easy for him to lose contact with the earth and live too much up in his head, closer to the clouds. He must be able to put the brilliance of his mind to good use. We hope the young Page remembers these words of advice as he stands on his mountain top. One foot remains in close contact with the Earth while the other is only connecting with the tip of his toe. We worry that he stands too close to the edge, is looking the other way and not aware of the drop below, that a sudden gust might sweep him away, yet his pose is that of a ballerina; graceful, elegant and finely balanced.
What we have not been aware of until now is that The Page of Swords is posing for his official photo or portrait. He is demonstrating the power of the brilliant mind that can keep a beautiful balance between Earth and Air. This is the potential of The Swords Suit and that which the posing Page must aspire to. At this early stage of his life or career we can only hope and trust that his mighty Sword will look after him and he it, for they are one and the same, mind and body, body and mind.
With the photo shoot over, we all descend from the mountain top and allow our nerves to settle after being up at such a height. The Page of Swords is surrounded by reporters wishing to interview him. He refuses non of them and seems prepared to answer all questions put forward to him. We had thought of heading on our way but something about this young Page and the way he speaks draws our attention. We move forward to listen more and rapidly understand why such a large crowd has gathered around him, for he is incredibly interesting to listen to. He is regaling the crowds with his version of events at The Elemental Gift Ceremony for all The Pages. He has an excellent speaking voice, is articulate, and has a wonderful way of phrasing sentences. The Page is only young, but he is managing to hold his own with all these veteran reporters who are firing questions at him left, right and centre. His responses to the questions are just as rapid and we are awed at his ability to be able to form such well-worded sentences under such pressure. This guy is able to talk, and not only that, he is engaging and witty too. His focus on the questions being asked is intense and never does he seem to be stuck for a word or an appropriate response. Some of the reporters can sense that this Page can be pushed further and come at him with some awkward questions, asking for his theory on this that and the other. The Page stands poised momentarily, just to give them the impression that he has to give the question some thought, but this bright young man has been formulating the answer before he has even heard the full question. His razor sharp mind is ahead of the posse, and he is more than a match for them as we witness him begin to interview the reporters without them having an idea what he is up to. He begins to answer their questions with a question, and before we know it, all the reporters are in a muddle and The Page of Swords looks like he is intensely enjoying the whole process. He is also beginning to learn the power he can wield with his voice, words, method and speed of delivery.
The Page of Swords was born talking. His head is full of thoughts, ideas, plans, beliefs, theories and imaginings. By the power of the spoken word he can vocalise or communicate to others all that his mind creates. He can drip feed us his information, transfer it in segments or he can let it all rush out in a torrent. It really depends on what the issue is, what he wants to convey, the urgency of the matter and how he feels at the time. His mind is flexible and elastic and he can stretch it to any lengths, or bend and shape it to suit whatever is needed at the time. Therefore this Page will be able to sit with a problem and spend time analysing all the data and information, before formulating a strategic workable plan of approach. In a panic, drama or crisis, or when faced with an urgent deadline, The Page of Swords can think on his feet and at a run or gallop. His mind will match whatever speed is thrown his way. He must remember though the advice Spirit gave, which is regardless of what the scenario is, or how urgent it may be, he must keep mental discipline. If he lets it loose, his mind will get the bitt between its teeth and there will be no stopping it. In this state, it can easily become overwhelmed when it has to form a plan, with all sorts of crazy thoughts, unworkable approaches and ridiculous ideas. It will not be able to follow a train of thought through logical processes, it will not be able to apply reason or analyse the simplest of facts due to mental confusion. When exposed to a crisis, drama or deadline, it will run around in circles, off on tangents and down dead end streets, because it has not thought anything through and hasn’t a clue what it is doing or where it is going. It is responding only to panic and the rush of adrenaline through the system, by doing cartwheels and back-flips. It cannot keep its cool or stay calm.
When the lack of mental discipline is verbalised or vocally communicated, we can find The Page of Swords in his Negative or Reversed Aspect. In this state his razor sharp Sword (thoughts/words) can be felt in the sting and cut of his words. If he is angry or wants to intimidate, he can hurl vicious abusive comments that cut to the bone. He has the power to cut you off at the knees with one fell swoop of his Sword leaving you no time to react or protect yourself. His mind and words are just as powerful as the Upright, but in a negative manner. He will not keep his mind or mouth in check when he Reverses.
Let us leave all the above nasty business to The Reversed Aspect of The Page of Swords further down this page so that we can return to get to know his Upright Self even better.
The interview with The Page of Swords is over and we must all depart. They have provided a coach for us to travel back on, and as I climb aboard and take my seat, I stare out at the mountains we have just descended. I comment to the woman in the seat in front, that they are ‘majestic and so high’. The woman in front laughs and points to the window on the opposite side of the bus ‘you think they are high? Well take a look at those’. I follow the direction she is pointing in and crane my neck down to get a full view of what she is pointing at. There right opposite the mountain range we had been on top of is an even higher range of snow covered peaks. They look very high indeed and I shudder at the thought of what it must feel like to be up there and glad that it was the lower range we had visited today.
I sit back in my seat and think of the young Page. He looked so proud and so cavalier-like posing on the mountain top with his Sword held high. He held a power and grace about him, and from the look on his face, he certainly felt like he was on top of the world and totally in charge of it. He was the conqueror who had accepted the challenge of the steep mountain. He, with his Sword had fought his way to the top and claimed the mountain his own. He had seen off enemies with his powerful Swordsman skills and battle strategies. He had stood on the summit and looked fearless. He had cast his head this way and that, his hawk-like eyes scanning the mountainside, ready and prepared to defend himself and his mountain from the enemy. He stood on guard, watching, listening and waiting, like a soldier on duty, on watch, keeping vigil. He would sense the enemy around, knew they would make their approach, but they would not break through, not on his watch. He is poised and ready to strike should he be attacked.
We thought of how much he looked like the young soldiers of yester-year heading out to war. All those bright young men, some barely boys, who could not wait to sign up and fight for their country during the World Wars. Kitted out in their brand new uniforms, caps and shiny boots they posed for photographs with their young sweethearts, who were equally as excited and proud of their love heading off to war. Their women thought them splendid and so handsome looking in their uniforms. The issuing of their Weapon; Sword, Rapier or Rifle making them look even more manly and powerful. They were hungry for war and certain of their capabilities. Each one thought that he would be the soldier, the one who would run the enemy from the field and then return home in glory, bedecked with medals and honours, their sweetheart waiting with arms wide open to welcome their hero home.
Yes, he looked like one of those soldiers who at such a young age was naive and innocent enough not to know any better. Heading off in their trains, sitting in the cargo hold of ships on rough seas, then marching across foreign lands, sometimes cold, hot, hungry or tired, they believed this was what being a soldier was. This was our Page standing on top of his mountain, looking like a hero and swashbuckler. The truth of it lay not on this mountain range, but rather on the far higher and tougher ones the other side. This would be the true battle, this would be reality and not the idealistic version so many soldiers had conjured up. The Page of Swords would, like all the soldier before him, have to prove himself on the higher mountains, for this is where he would have to face the challenges of life. He would have to begin the ascent of the highest range before he could ever hope to claim the throne and call himself King. The Page of Swords is only starting out, and I feel sure he thought the mountain he stood upon to be rather steep. He will however, look back one day and view it from a more mature aspect. It is then he will see it for what it really was, just a hill, nothing more, just a hill.
Being a Swords personality, The Page will soon realise that there are higher mountains to climb, and following the nature of his Swords family, he will undoubtedly choose to climb those that are the steepest, hardest and most dangerous. He will take the toughest and roughest route to the top, for his mind will automatically seek out the most stressful challenges to overcome. If he does not discipline his mind at this stage of his development, he will make life extremely and unnecessarily difficult for himself.
Our bus is about to pull away when it is hailed down and stops. It appears we have another passenger. The Page of Swords hops aboard and has a quick word with the driver before making his way down the aisle. There is but one seat left on the bus and it is beside me. He courteously asks me if I mind him sitting beside me? ‘Not at all’, I wave him in delighted that I might get the opportunity to talk to him directly, if he is willing. He settles himself into the seat and begins to talk before he has even caught his breath. He puts me at ease immediately with his casual and friendly manner and launches into the story of why he is on the bus and not travelling in one of the jeeps ahead. He tells us the highly witty drama about the steering wheel locking on the jeep and everyone trying to sort it out before getting into a complete flap. Signals for mobile networks were unavailable because of the mountains, allowing no one to phone out for assistance. In the middle of all the panic, he had seen the bus pull out of the further car park, and within seconds he was shouting back at the small group as he ran. He told them he would hail down the bus. He ran as fast as he could and was waving madly at the bus driver to get his attention. By now, everyone on the bus had turned around and were engrossed in the story. He was so funny that many on the bus were nearly in tears listening to the tale. He explained how the bus driver had eventually noticed him and thankfully stopped. There was only one seat so he shouted back to the others that he would phone for help as soon as he got a signal. He had hopped on board himself instead of standing ‘with that lot for the next three hours’. We thought him very clever indeed. With his on-the-spot thinking and planning, he had siezed the opportunity, found a way out to get help and also a lift for himself into the bargain. It was a win, win situation for him and we all applauded.
With story over and the people on the bus more relaxed and familiar with The Page of Swords, they began to ask more probing questions of him. Within seconds he had gone from the witty raconteur to the serious and intense. He listened intently to all that was being asked of him and answered without hesitation. Some of the questions touched on the personal side but he had no qualms in responding. He was open and honest, and when offering his oppinions or views on something, reminded us all that these were just his opinions and views and that others were welcome and entitled to their own. Many asked him about his plans for the future and what his hopes and dreams were. Beside me sat a young, studious, alert, intelligent and vibrant energy but as he spoke about the future and what he intended to do, I realised that he was still very young indeed. He certainly entertained high hopes and held wonderful dreams and visions, some of which sounded practical and realistic, while others sounded a bit far fetched. His mind certainly could take him flying as high and as far as he wished to go. I thought to myself of the shame it would be when this young Page would be forced to come down to Earth from time to time for the world he lived in was Utopian.
In his world, there was no crime, no injustice, no corruption and no restriction. Everyone would be an equal, with freedom of expression and religion. Education and career would be available to all and any world issues would be sorted out through negotiation, discussion and debate. There would be no senseless killing or destruction. He believed in a powerful system of law, governed by the uncorruptable, the just and the fair. He saw himself as a champion of this new world, and maybe ultimate ruler. He vowed never to let power go to his head or to use his power to hurt or wound others. He certainly had lofty ideas and high moral principles. Most on the bus were suitably impressed and believed that this man might be the one who would change the world. He certainly spoke like he could and seemed ready to take on the role of defender of the people. I thought to myself that he would make a brilliant politician one day, but doubted his ability to fulfill his promise regarding power not changing him.
As he drew his audience in further, I couldn’t help but notice his Sword which he still held tightly. His Sword was only new to him at this stage and he was full of ideas and plans for the future. He was convinced of his power and control over the force and potential of his Sword, yet it was still early days and he was so idealistic. I wondered what would happen when something would occur in his life that would force him into making a decision about how he would like to use his Sword. What would happen when something really angers him, will he be able to resist the temptation to pull out his Sword and strike hard with it? Will he be able to bite his tongue and hold back the vehemence inside him. It will certainly be a test and challenge for him, regardless of how convinced he is of his strength and ability right now. I also wondered what happens to a brilliant mind if it does not have the chance for true realisation or is thwarted in its attempts? If this bright young Page takes an emotional or psychological hit, will he be able to deal with it and move on, or will he turn his Sword inwards to self-inflict? His life is yet unformed, so it really could go either way. It all depends on what he experiences, how he handles it, and how he is dealt with.
As I tune back into the conversation around me, I hear The Page talk about his studies and am suitably impressed, but not surprised by his choice of subjects. He demonstrates to all around his ability to speak several different languages, and we all shake our heads admiringly at him when he tells us how easy he finds it all. He then speaks of his other studies; politics, history, law, science, and once again I am not surprised for this Page has a brain like a sponge. His interests are varied and he has a natural curiosity about him. He is hungry to learn and assimilate knowledge. He never tires of it, and then of course there is his reading. He tells us that he is a voracious reader and has already accumulated quite a collection of books. He recognises all the books and authors we mention, but admits that his preference is for non-fiction. He acknowledges that he is lucky, for he sees other students struggle with even the basic stuff, but likes to think he helps by offering them advice and after school in-depth explanations of what their tutor was really trying to tell them. He finds they understand it better coming from him. I think to myself that he would make an excellent Teacher as he is managing to hold the attention of this adult audience so well.
‘So, what are your career plans then, where do you hope to go from here?’ a man sitting up the front shouts down. The Page of Swords becomes very animated and stands up to talk, his Sword glinting in the light. He tells us that he has several options, has been giving much thought to which career direction to take, but still has to make up his mind about it. He is very excited to tell us that he nearly has his Pilot’s Licence, and is only five hours tutored flying time away from getting his wings. Gosh, I think to myself, my life feels very dull and boring in comparison to his. ‘I have a growing desire to join the Military, Air Force of course, but still have a lot of research to do before I make my decision. I am drawn to the Military because I like the order and discipline of it. I am intrigued by military planning, strategy and logistics of mobilisation. You see, I like to follow orders, and enjoy a disciplined regime. I think it is in my natural personality make-up, to work well in such an environment. However, I am very ambitious, and if I join the Military, I will plan on moving up the ranks as quickly as I can. Maybe some day it will be me making giving the orders and making major global military decisions. It would not fear me, and I know I can be relied upon to be fair and just in my dealings, and to work out a plan or strategy that would be in everyone’s interest. I would never let Power go to my head or abuse it. Looking up at him he seemed so forthright and honest standing in the bus, naivety again shined through in his statements, for it takes the strongest, most devoted and self-less person to not let Power go to their head. History has shown thousands of times over the result and consequences of abuse of power, and many of the worst abusers had started off, just like the is Page, keen, eager and determined to be different. The Page had some tough job ahead of him.
The Page now moves on to his other career options. He has a fascination with medicine and science, so may take a similar route as his grandfather who was a renowned brain surgeon. Then there is politics which he claims to have a growing passion for. He tells us he is a member of a political group in college, and and the spokesperson for many lobbyist groups. He attends student political rallies, and gives talks to the gathered crowds whipping up their support and backing. Following on from that, and very close to his heart is Law. He knows he would make an excellent barrister, and would be in seventh heaven battling it out in courtrooms, as he fought for his client’s rights or to clear their name. He might consider becoming a Judge as he gets older, but would hate to miss out on all the mind games and verbal crossfire as a Barrister or Lawyer. Criminal investigation is also another option, especially forensics or detective work. Then he has also been recently toying with the idea of psychology or journalism. One thing he is sure of is that whatever career or careers he chooses, he must be kept mentally challenged. He needs to use his mind and brain, for he has a lot of it. He would shrivel up and die if his work was too simplistic. He now tells us that he loves to write too and keeps a daily journal, and maintains a personal blog. He also guest writes for other blog sites. He muses over writing a book some day, but feels he needs to have more life experience behind him before he attempts that. I myself think he already has enough experience for ten books, he seems to have done, and is, doing so much!
His face lights up as he raises his Sword and tells us that he almost forgot to mention his natural flair for languages. He can speak several and is keen to learn more. He demonstrates his ability by flitting from one language to another with ease and flow. He tells us he finds it very easy to pick up a new language and has found it very useful when travelling. We are aghast at this Page’s mental capacity to store so much information. How can one be gifted so much intelligence and brains? Someone mentions that ‘it would also come in useful if you were to go into global business management’. The Page turns in the direction of the commenter and bows before him. ‘Touché, I have thought the very same myself, so yes, business is another career option for me’.
I myself am thinking that this young Page will need to find a balance for all this mental work. Could he, maybe come down to earth a bit, and not be so much up in his head all the time. He could take up a hobby that had him do something physical, rather than mental. A bit of gardening or mucking out twenty stables would even things out and help relax him, but he seems hell bound on staying up in the clouds all the time. He is too meticulous and fastidious. I can just imagine his home or college room, wherever it is he lives, is bound to be immaculate, neat and tidy.
‘And what of love and romance young Page, what are your views on relationships? Do you have any plans in that regard?’ I look towards the Page and very subtly notice a shadow dim his smile before he quickly recovers. Ah, I think to myself, there might be a story there, but we shall have to see how open and honest he is prepared to be about his love life. He claims to have an ‘airy fairy’ attitude to relationships and is ‘dreadful when it comes to actively going out and making an effort to meet someone’. He says he is ‘not the romantic type, not like the Page of Cups, and that relationships, and all that goes with them, sometimes do not seem worth all the effort’. However, he says ‘athough he is not the strong emotional type and abhors public displays of affection, he does have the capacity for deep meaningful love’. He has an understanding and strong belief that ‘there is no point falling in and out of love continuously’ as again it is ‘time wasting and nonsense’. He sees most of the other Pages and fellow college students, always going on about some relationship or other, while he just gets on with his life. He would ‘hate the idea of having to be with someone all the time, and that someone having so much of an effect on his day to day life and mood’. ‘No, not for him’ he says. He ‘likes his own company and does not really know what people mean when they ask him if he is not lonely?’ ‘Lonely, I lonely, I don’t think so, for as much as I like to talk and be sociable, I do like my own time to myself. Do you know, that when I am on my own, and that could be for days at a time, I love the solitude and silence around me. It is then I can do my best thinking and writing. I can also read to my heart’s content without having someone interrupt or distract me. It also gives me the freedom to come and go as I please, and sometimes I just head up the mountains on my own and walk for hours without meeting a single solitary person. It is bliss. I don’t understand this need for intimacy all the time, and being joined at the hip.’
‘So you have no interest in having a relationship at all, or desire to fall in love’ a woman behind us bravely asks the Page. ‘Well, I didn’t exactly say that. I have had relationships in the past, some good, some not so good and I have learned a lot from all of them. As I said, I have a deep capacity for love but would prefer to be sure before I show my real feelings.’ The Page has got the crowd going now and they lean even closer for more personal and private details. ‘Can you tell us what it is that attracts you to another, have you a particular type?’ The Page smiles deeply but is quite serious as he speaks. ‘I admire beauty just like any other Page but it is certainly not my first requirement. Who does not love a pretty face, wonderful eyes, bright white teeth and mane like hair? Yes, I look and say to myself, now there is a very good looking or attractive person. They might also have a wonderful figure and be exquisitely dressed and yes, I must also admire these admirable qualities. However, unlike most of the other Pages who would just become instantly lovestruck, and fall over each other to be the first to get a date with this beauty, I will just walk on by and think nothing more of it’. Now we are all puzzled for he is telling us one thing and then giving the impression of quite another. A man at the front wants to know more. The Page knows he has us all hooked continues with his explanation.
‘What attracts me first and foremost is intelligence. They can have all the beauty, body and dress sense in the world but if they do not have intelligence, I have absolutely no interest. I am an academic with multiple interests and I need someone who will match me in this arena, otherwise they will not keep my attention for any length of time. My partner needs to mentally stimulate me. I like a talker, but not a yapper. Words are cheap and there is nothing worse than a prattler, going on and on about trivial rubbish. I like the studious type, those who are working towards higher degrees or have ambitions they are aspiring too. I need to be able to discuss politics, current affairs, global issues, writers and classical composers with my partner without having to explain to them all the ins and outs. Usually I observe the one I am interested in for some time before I make any move, for I want to get to know them without any pressure. I am so cool about all this that they never suspect my interest for a moment. You see, I hate façades and pretence. I want to see what they are really like under normal circumstances before getting involved. Façades can fool for a while, but what is the point? It has happened to me before and I have learned my lesson from that. Once the façade dropped, I realised they were a fake and phony, and only trying to please me. When it came down to it, we had absolutely nothing in common but the façade was to give me the opposite impression. How long did they think it would last?’
‘What did you do when you realised this was not for you?’ the same man asks, this line of questioning obviously has personal meaning for him. ‘I ended it, plain and simple as that. What took 3 months to build was over in one hour. I need to explain something to you about me when it comes to relationships. I am not the romantic type, nor am I terribly emotional. You won’t find me out on romantic dates, with chocolates, flowers and lovey-dovey slushy cards. Absolutely not. If I take my partner out, there will be no holding hands over the table or playing footsie underneath it either. To anyone serving us, we probably look like a young professional couple out to discuss work or the likes. Any of my partners know that about me and I do not lead them to believe right from the beginning that it will be any other way. Actually, because I am quite choosy about my partners, they usually are quite comfortable about things. I wouldn’t choose a partner who needed constant attention and wooing. I like my partners to be independent of me, and not hanging out of me all the time. To get back to what I did when I decided the relationship was over was quite simple really. I phoned my partner and told them we needed to talk. I deliberately chose a public place so there would be hopefully no emotional scenes. When my partner arrived all smiles, I remained serious and calm. I just came out with it ‘it’s not working out and I don’t think we are suited to each other. I won’t be seeing you again but I wish you luck in your life’ then I asked for their set of keys to my place, and once I had them I immediately left. My partner or should I say, ex-partner, ran after me, raising their voice and of course in tears. It was very embarrassing really and I told them to keep their voice down. They threw their arms around me and pleaded. I must say, I just felt like stone and had to peel their arms off me. I then, in no uncertain terms had to deliver the information again. I did not love them and it was over, finished, gone. I walked away as quickly as I could and went home. I deleted their number from my phone and my Facebook page.
‘Was that the end of it’ the man at the front asking again. ‘Well there were attempts to contact me and some late night arrivals on my doorstep but I held firm and told them to go away’. ‘It all sounds very clinical and severe to me’ a woman piped in. More like cold and detached to me I thought as I visualised him taking his sharp Sword, and severing with one sweep, all previous connections with his partner. I shuddered at the thought of his capabilities. I also wondered if he was being completely straight with us. Was that shadow I saw cross his face, a memory of an old hurt or wounding from an earlier relationship? Had he always being that clinical, I mean to that extent, or had something driven him. Is he wary or deep down scared of getting involved or opening his heart to love. He has a reply for the woman ‘ ‘That is just the way I am, and precisely why I do not fall into love and into bed on a casual basis the way a lot of the other Pages behave. I don’t do the emotional thing and it may come as quite a shock to my partner when I do not appropriately react to their dramas and little upsets. It doesn’t mean I don’t love them, it is just the way I am made, and my partner is free to go should they not like the way I work. To be honest, I have been known in the past to abruptly end a conversation or the beginning of an encounter if I feel there is no point in going any further with it. It is as if I am curious and draw closer, but when my interest is not held, the shutters go down in my mind and my sharp Sword does the rest.
Let me tell you what really captures my attention first, even when I am not looking to meet someone. It usually happens when I am out somewhere and all of a sudden I hear this voice and I think to myself, what a lovely accent. It is the voice I am drawn to and the accent. I find a nice accent incredibly sexy, more sexy than good looks or a model figure. That is why many of my college friends are baffled by my choice of partners. If I find someone with a nice voice, accent and pitch, I can sit and listen to them talk all night but they still have to be interesting or it is all a waste. Please do not think me too serious or too stuffy, for when I do fall in love or will in the future, I take the responsibility of it very seriously. For me, a relationship will firstly be a meeting of the minds and then a meeting of the bodies. Remember, we all age, looks fade and bodies break down. If looks is all we rely on in our relationships then we are all in trouble.’ Pointing to his head, he speaks clearly’ it is what’s in here that counts at the end of the day’. Collectively we gasp at such wisdom in one so young. If this young man can keep control of that wonderful mind of his, he really has something going for him, and certainly has the makings of a powerful Queen or King one day. I just hope he can keep it together and not let life, and its inevitable disappointments, taint his brilliant spirit.
We have arrived back at base and the bus comes to a stop. The Page of Swords is the first up out of his seat and heads down the aisle claiming that he ‘needs to get off first because he wants to reconfirm that the group left on the mountain side have been picked up and rescued’. He also is in a hurry for he is ‘chairing the Student Debate Team in less than an hour, and after that must head to his choir practice’. He has a few words with the driver and shakes his hand, while laughing over a comment we cannot hear from our seats. He waves to us all, thanking us proficiently for being ‘such good company’ and tells us of how much he ‘enjoyed the chat’. He leaps from the Bus and runs rapidly on his way, Sword swishing through the air, and then he is gone. My head is reeling and the bus has become strangely quiet. The passengers look awkward and unsure of as to what to say or who to say it to. It is as if a light has been turned off, or that we have all been at the movies and now with the movie over and the screen black, we become aware of each other for the first time as we move towards the exit. I look at my watch and realise that over an hour and a half has passed since we left the mountain. It feels like barely a half an hour. I also realise that the Page of Swords had continuously spoken and kept us entertained for the whole journey. And there he was, heading off to talk some more and then use his voice yet again to sing later on. He was some young man indeed, impressive and inspirational, if not a tad overwhelming and exhausting. He certainly left myself and the passengers on the bus in the shade, for he had dazzled us all.
The rest of us leave the bus in an orderly manner. Thanking the driver for taking us down safely from the mountains, I begin to make my way back to my car. I hear the fast pace of someone walking behind me and turn to see a woman who had also been on the bus. She is obviously trying to catch up with me for some reason or other, so I hang back a little as she strides forward waving her hand. Falling in beside me, she asks what I think of the Young Page? ‘You were sitting beside him for the journey down, what was your impression? I am in a hurry myself and do not have time for lengthy chats but I get the feeling she is dying to share some gossip with me. I hate gossip but I linger anyway. The woman begins to tell me that her sister-in-law’s mother-in-law was a friend of The Page’s Mother some years back and that she knew something of him from his childhood. Now I was interested for the Young Page who sat beside me was a product of his upbringing either for good or bad.
This mother-in-law had seen a lot of the Page as a young child and said he had been a serious little one indeed, but also very precocious and talkative. There was endless chatter out of him, and he even spoke in his sleep. He used to drive his parents mad asking questions all the time. He had a terrible curiosity about him and was interested in everything. He wanted to know the what ifs and what fors of of everything that was going on. ‘What’s that?’, ‘Why are you doing that’? ‘How does that work?’, ‘What are you doing?’, ‘What’s happening next’? ‘Where are you going?’. He had some friends alright, but he preferred to hang around adult company and listen to adult conversation. His parents didn’t mind that at all for they could take him out to restaurants or to people’s houses and he didn’t run around the place. No, he would sit at the table and join in the conversation. A lot of it would be current affairs and things that most kids would be bored senseless with, but he would just lap it up and be able to give his views and opinions too. The mother-in-law had thought him quite old for his age and too serious for a child, but he seemed to be happy. However, he was a worrier and did stress a lot about things. He worried about school and exams even though he was always top of the class. He worried about been late for things, and when they went on holidays he would prepare a list of everything he wanted to bring. He was very particular about things too and often got very upset if his mother moved the order of the way he had his bedroom laid out, or put his laundry in the wrong place.
Apparently, but not surprisingly, he was a very studious child and never had to be forced into doing his homework or go to his room for study. Exam time was always stressful as he became paranoid about not knowing enough, or that he would go blank during the exam. He had brains oozing out of him and had nothing to worry about but he still stressed. His mind was very active all the time and his parents had awful difficulties in getting him to come away from the computer screen or take his head out of a book long enough to go outdoors and get some exercise. He loved the internet and the whole world of information that was out there. He did have a wild imagination though and sometimes he would get carried away with ideas about things and he would be unable to let them go. Often pale and wan looking, he had a problem sleeping at times, no doubt down to too much mental energy going on. His mother tried various methods to calm him each evening so that she could send a relaxed Page to bed, but she would often find him reading into the small hours of the morning after losing track of time.
He was a very honest child and never told lies. He never tried to cover up his mistakes or when he did something wrong. When he saw any bullying going on in school he would march right over and tell them to stop, or would go directly to the school principal to get help. He seemed to be able to get on with both the well-behaved kids and the trouble-makers, often stepping in when things got out of control to calmly listen to both sides of the argument and get everyone’s point of view. Sometimes his parents would be very surprised with the friends he brought home from school. They would be kids they had never seen before but he would breeze in the door announcing casually that he was going to help them with their homework. He didn’t use his intelligence as a method of making those who struggled with learning feel small. He was only too delighted to be of assistance, and believed that once it was explained properly to them, the rest would follow. He would make an excellent teacher, tutor or lecturer, for he has a passion for what he learns.
Where sport was concerned he didn’t take too well to field sports but certainly enjoyed cycling, running and orienteering. He liked the discipline and endurance of exercise and constantly set new targets and times for himself. He was a big fan of formula 1 racing from a young age and would get up at all hours to watch it. He was in awe of their skill and ability to control and steer a car at great speed and spoke about wanting to try it out one day.
He never got into trouble and was well behaved and mannerly. When he was told to do something he did it, which was just as well for his father was a strong disciplinarian. The father ran the house with an iron grip, and laid down rules for this and rules for that. There was only ever one occasion when the young Page did something to annoy his father, and had received some form of punishment because of it. The woman said the Page’s personality changed for about a month after this. He was sullen, silent and very cold with everyone. During this time there was an incident on the road with one of his friends who claimed the Page had hit him hard for not giving him the ball, and then had sworn at him so much that the child had run home crying. When the parents came to the Page’s mother to complain, the Page was called to respond to the allegations. He is said to have spun an incredible story around the whole incident, leaving everyone confused as to who was telling the truth. He had not lied nor claimed he had not done it, but he had re-worked the facts. Apparently his mother was quite shocked at his ability to put a benign spin on such a nasty deed. She saw another side to her young Page that day and spoke to his father about the anger that was in the child, and hoped she never saw it appear again. The mother held the father responsible for being too heavy handed with the Page when punishing him for his misdemeanour. His father had taught him a lesson that day, other than not to misbehave again. He had taught him the potential of the dark side of his Sword.
As I took my leave of the woman and her intriguing, yet gossip-like information, I got into my car and heaved a sigh of relief. I was looking forward to heading home and having a nice long soak in my hot tub. Pulling away, I could not help but think of the Page of Swords, and remembered my earlier concerns during the day that his ability to keep control of his Sword (mind) might become increasingly more difficult as he made his way through life. I had an idea that this Page, when hurt or upset by another, could easily repress his emotions and let them fester. Even he had claimed he was not a very emotional person so wouldn’t be able to naturally release them. He claimed to use his logic and reason when faced with distress or difficult situations, but he was deluding himself if he thought he would be able to escape the fallout from pain and emotional hurt all the time. Repressed emotions do come out at some stage or other and rarely is it a pleasant experience.
I now have a growing fascination for these Four Pages and intend to follow them on their journeys to see for myself how their lives work out. I will be interested to see if they can keep up the good intentions they have set, and promises made at this very early stage of their career. I think we are in for some very fascinating times to come. I wish the Page of Swords, the very best of luck on his Journey.
The Page of Swords represents the immature aspect of The Swords Court Family. He will need to master the difficult art of mental discipline, and be adaptable in his method of communication before he can mature into The Queen or King of Swords. He will have to learn when to speak, and when to hold his tongue. In the meantime, let us be dazzled by this bright, intelligent, alert and chatty young person. Let him put our heads into a spin with all his plans, concepts, theories and beliefs. He will certainly keep us on our toes.
Traditionally The Page of Swords appearance was described as a young person of either sex. His hair was dark and so too were his eyes, sometimes as dark as flint. His features were sharply defined with equally sharp, penetrating eyes. Skin was described as pale or wan. Remember, these are the old traditional descriptions and bear no resemblance at all to the majority of people in the world. It is his personality description that should be concentrated on and not his looks when interpreting The Page of Swords. It is interesting to note that actors are often chosen for specific roles based on this type of image profiling.
The Page of Swords – The Initiator
Planning, Plans, Ideas, Inspiration, Enemy At The Gate, Vigilant, Alert, Guarded, On Guard, Protective, Defensive, Courage, Fortitude, Mental Challenges, Mentally Agile/Sharp,Honest, Truthful, Direct, Candid, Facts, Lawful, Being Just, Fair, Ethical, Diplomatic, Principles, Standards, Morals, Championing a Cause, Communication Speech, Accents, Negotiation, Talkative, Engaging, Witty, Freedom of Speech, Discussion, Debate, Public Speaking, Languages, Political, Inquisitive, Quick Witted, Analytical Thinking Things Through, Curious, Thinker, Thorough, Fastidious, Particular, Serious, Intense, Clinical, Severe, Stress, Worry, Concerns, Anxious, Agitated, Keen, Research, Discovery, Brainy, Intelligent, Intellectual, Academic, Scholar, Study, High Achiever, Degrees, Qualifications, Ambition, Learn, Teach, Exams, Military, Soldier, Spy, Sniper, Surveillance, News of Legalities, Contracts/Problems/Gossip, Precocious Child, Travel, Flying, Head in The Clouds, Daydreaming,
A lot on Your Mind, A Lot to Think About, Use Your Mind, You will Have to Think on Your Feet, Be Logical, Form a Workable Plan, Use Your Head, Use the Brain you Were Given, Act Assertively in This Matter, Stand Up for Yourself, Speak Out about Your Feelings, Speak your Mind, You Do Have Something to Say, Your Opinion Counts, You are Very Articulate and Well Spoken, Consider Writing about Your Thoughts, Think Before You Speak, Don’t let Yourself Get Drawn into Arguments, Know when to Drop a Topic of Conversation, Fight Injustice, Speak Out About or Expose Injustice or Corruption, Don’t Let your Emotions Influence You, Be Vigilant, Be Wary when Necessary, Don’t let Paranoia Take Over, You may Be Getting Stressed about Nothing, Is Insomnia a Problem for You Right Now? Be Brave and Daring, Champion a Cause, You Need to Take it More Seriously, Stop being so Serious, Analyse the Problem, Find a Logical Solution, Think things Over/Through, Get your Facts Right, Question Everything, Study and Analyse the Facts, Take into Consideration the Views of Others, Be Honest and Truthful, Be Fair in your Dealings, Do not Judge others, Own Up to your Mistakes, Don’t Be Up in Your Head All the Time, Try to be More Practical, Come Down To Earth, Think Positively, Get Down to Study,
Like all other Pages, The Page of Swords appearing in your Cards may be the bearer of News. The News The Page of Swords brings is often about legal matters, contracts, conflict, problems or gossip. This Page’s News can sometimes be stressful and distressing, especially if it appears Reversed. The post he delivers is usually in brown or white envelopes with small windows, and marked private and confidential. He may bring Registered Post, which will need your signature or he may be serving you with a Court Summons or Fine. His News, messages and method of delivery are mostly clinical and business-like. The Swords Court Family often represent the Medical Profession, such as Consultants, Specialists and Surgeons. Therefore News may be of hospital appointments, test results or surgery. The surrounding Cards and Querant’s input will help determine the nature of the news being delivered.
The Page of Swords represents a young child, youth or a young adult of either sex up to the age of approximately 22 years. He can represent someone who is older but is displaying the personality traits and qualities of the young Page. The Page can suggest an older person who is doing something that is making them feel younger, such as learning new skills or going back to college. He can also suggest mental immaturity if the person represented by him is much older than 22 years of age. In general The Page of Swords represents the bright young person who is full of lively chat and stimulating conversation. He is scholarly and very often well educated. He or she will have plenty to say for themselves and is never stuck for a word or a swift response. With a razor sharp mind and sponge like brain, he or she will be full of energy and fired up with enthusiasm for whatever it is that is on their mind. This Page represents someone with a very fast mind and a head full of ideas and plans. He might appear to live on nervous energy and may even seem edgy at times.
Very quick to pick up on things, or a subtle remark from someone, they can deliver a short, sharp and vicious retort when provoked. In fact, the person represented by this Page may find him or herself drawn into regular heated discussions or debates with others. They can find it hard to let a subject drop or conversation go if they feel passionate or incensed enough about the topic. They do like to have the last say and there will not be many who will be able to match them. However, heated discussions can sometimes turn into arguments, which if not called to a halt, can then turn into blazing rows and slagging matches. It can get particularly nasty when The Page of Sword Reverses.
A child represented by The Page of Swords is likely to be talkative and precocious. He or she will have an insatiable appetite for information and a natural curiosity about everything. If you are not in form, he or she may drive you wild with their constant questions. This child will have a wonderful and wild imagination, and everyone will want to play their games. Animated and articulate, this child is bound to be quite studious and will be top of the class at most subjects. He reminds me of my own daughter (now a clinical microbiologist and mathematician). A Libran, she IS very intelligent and academically gifted. During her school years, she had a few like-minded student friends who were constantly setting challenges to see who could get to the end of school books before the Teacher did. They would race each other through the Maths Curriculum, with a natural understanding of complicated processes, without anyone teaching them. In the corridors of the school, they would seek each other out to claim the prize or the championship.
However, the child represented by The Page of Swords is often sport shy and it can be difficult to get them away from their books or computer screen. Come to think of it, my daughter loved chess and I suppose that is a sport, even if only mental. The Page of Swords child will find their own particular sports as they get older but forcing them out onto a pitch as a young child may not be a good plan. However, this child does need to get some physical exercise to help burn off their excessive mental energy. He or she may also be a worrier, and can get easily overly-concerned and stressed about things. He or she will need to be kept calm and talked down from all their concerns, otherwise they may find it hard to sleep at night. This child may also be fussy and particular about the food they eat, the layout of their bedroom, the tidiness of their school bag or the order in which they get dressed. He or she can appear wan and pale at times.
The Person represented by this Page, will be direct in their dealings with you, open, honest and trustworthy. They call a spade, a spade, so if you are looking for someone’s honest opinion then head in the direction of The Page of Swords. But be warned, if it is honesty you are looking for then you will certainly get it. This Page of Swords will not spare your feelings or take the softly, softly approach with you. He or she will tell you ‘yes, your bum does look big in that’ or ‘your new suite of furniture is ghastly’. He is also very good to approach if you are looking for advice, or someone to bounce your ideas or plans off, for he will listen intently and analyse every bit of information, and every word you speak. His brain will work like lightening, and while you are catching your breath, he will already be formulating the feasibility of your plan or idea, along with a workable strategy to get it up and running. You see he likes planning and coming up with brilliant ideas so, will be in his Element and happy to do his very best for you. Likewise, if you are looking for an idea or don’t know what to do, this Page of Swords will be delighted to give you a few suggestions. He is wonderful at personality profiling, so will have an understanding of what would suit you.
If you are looking for a spokesperson, someone to plead your case or deal with a controversial issue, then The Page of Swords is the person to call on. He or she has absolutely no problem in speaking up for themselves and for others too. The Page of Swords presence in your Reading can often highlight the need to be more assertive in your dealings with others and to stand up for yourself.
The Page of Swords asks you to be honest and fair in your dealings with others. Try to accept others’ points of view, without judging them harshly or condemning them. If you have made a mistake, or said or done something you shouldn’t, then now is the time to take responsibility for it by owning up to it. People will admire and respect you for your honesty. Likewise, if you have discovered deceit, underhand behaviour, injustice or corruption, don’t just turn a blind eye to it. Do something about it by exposing it. Do the right thing by everyone and be the good guy in this situation.
The Page Swords can turn up in your Reading to acknowledge that you are on the brink of starting something new, or at the very least, encouraging you to do so. Plans or ideas you have been incubating for some time now, are at the Stage where you are thinking of doing something about them. Nothing is ready for off right now, but you are doing some serious thinking about your future and forming workable plans for your ingenious ideas. You may be working out the logistics of putting your plans and ideas into action, doing research, and looking around for what you might need. There is an incredible amount of mental activity going on at this stage and it is likely you are quite excited about the whole thing. The Page of Swords can find you thinking about strategies and logistics, and making sure everything is in place. However, you may have a tendency to go overboard with detail, and be too finicky and particular about how you intend to implement your plans. The shame would be if you constantly put off the starting stage on the basis or belief that you need to tweek things here and there, or re-work plans you have already gone over several times. All your ideas and plans will amount to nothing unless you act on them. Mentally you may be super-confident about the potential success of your plans or ideas, but manifesting them into reality may be your biggest challenge.
You have a tendency to be overly-idealistic at times, and too much up in your head. The Page of Swords can appear to ask you to come down to earth and be a little bit more practical. Some of your ideas may be too airy-fairy, over the top or far-fetched to be realistic. Try to use your reasoning, and apply logic if you find you are getting carried away. You cannot run with every idea you have, so at present, work only with those that have the potential to become a reality. You can go back to the more ‘far out’ ones at a later stage. You need to apply mental discipline to all those random ideas and plans of yours if you are ever to make anything out of them.
If you are experiencing problems in your life at present, The Page of Swords can appear to ask you to use you mind, and your powers of reasoning and logic to find solutions. Have courage and fortitude and think positively. Know that you can work everything out, and when you do, you will have learned a lot from the experience. Think everything through before you make a move or say anything. This is especially true when it comes to opening your mouth about something too soon. Remember, ‘the least said, the easier mended’.
When The Page of Swords is drawn in your Reading, he may be suggesting that you need to be on your guard at present and stay mentally alert. You may have to keep your eye on everyone and everything to ensure you miss nothing. There is usually complicated or serious issues going on in the background, causing people to be tense and strained. This is not a particularly relaxing time for you, and your mind is likely to be consumed with whatever the perplexing issue entails. There may be documents to be read, and fine detail to go over and over. You may feel unsure about your capabilities in dealing with such issues or that you do not have enough experience or knowledge on your side. At this moment, you feel it could blow one way or the other, and you are likely trying to prepare yourself for whatever comes. Regardless of how insecure you may feel right now, or how excessively worried you are about the outcome, you must not show any signs of fear. It is important not to let the situation dominate your life or totally destroy your peace of mind. Use your logic and powers of reasoning to break the issue down into more manageable levels.
The Page of Swords can appear as a warning that you will need to defend yourself. It can suggest that the enemy is at the gate and you may have to go into battle. Be warned about getting drawn into conflict that is unlawful or where someone could get physically hurt. Don’t be the antagonist, don’t be the aggressor, don’t go looking for trouble or conflict just because your feel brave, incited or justified. Remember to stay on the lawful side of the tracks and keep your integrity when dealing with incoming fire. Be suspicious and on your guard for sure, but don’t give in to paranoia, conspiracy theories or seek revenge that could get out of hand. Yes, you may feel you have enemies at present, but not everyone is out to get you. Try to calm down and not go out with all guns blazing. Think it through.
The Page of Swords reminds you of his double-edged Sword. There are two sides to every story, and every battle or row. There are also two ways of handling them. The Sword does not always have to be drawn for you have a natural ability to solve issues by the power of communication and negotiation. Refuse to be drawn into bare-knuckle fighting and underhand attacks. Instead draw your opponent out into the open, and insist on dealing with them face to face, so that all issues and grievances can be aired.
The Page of Swords is another Card in the Tarot that represents travel. Travel by plane is most likely.
In Relationships, the Appearance of the Page of Swords can suggest a partner matching his description and personality (see above). He may be an Air Sign; Aquarius, Gemini or Libra. He is not the most romantic type but will certainly be very interesting. He may appear older than his years, and be quite serious at times, but he is incredibly witty and super intelligent. Looks are not top on his list of priorities as he is more interested in his partner’s mind, and their ability to talk and intellectually stimulate him. If this Page is the one you are drawn to, then it would be wonderful if you are a talker too with a variety of interests. He is studious and scholarly, so will be academically very ambitious. He likes intelligence in others, and especially in his partner.
In Relationships, The Page of Swords, for all his love of chat and being sociable, does like his privacy and time on his own. He or she is very comfortable with their own company, and actually enjoy silence and solitude when they get it. They can spend days on their own, catching up on their reading, or working on their computer or the internet. The Page of Swords typically does not like a clingy partner, or one who is emotionally insecure, for this makes him feel uncomfortable and possibly claustrophobic.
Your Page of Swords likes honesty and trust in his relationships. He won’t beat about the bush if he feels it is not working out. He will think it is only fair to tell you. He or she can end a relationship quite abruptly, and may appear quite clinical and emotionally cold about the whole affair. They just do not see any point in dragging on with something that is not working. They call it being sensible and logical, but you might feel it cold and uncaring. However, The Page of Swords makes an excellent friend, and if you can manage to get over your break-up in a sensible manner, then you will have a strong ally for years to come. Your ex Page of Swords will be there to turn to for advice on all aspects of your life, and will be brutally honest about any new partners you take up with. He will come to your defence or aid when needed. The thing is, if your Page found you interesting in the beginning, there is a very good chance he always will, even if he or she is not in love with you any-more. Your ex-Page of Swords will be able to happily take you out to dinner, theatre or escort you to a social event without any romantic involvement, so is very handy to have around as a stand-in-partner.
You Page of Swords partner is also likely to be a deep thinker, and will take very seriously any comments you make about them, or issues you bring up while chatting. This is all very well when the conversation is calm and happy, but if there is any tension or conflict in the words, your Page may turn sour on you, and a row can blow up right in your face. He or she can be insulting and particularly nasty with their comments, which can leave you feeling rather small. You may wonder what it was you said or implied, but your Page is actually quite sensitive to criticism. The Page of Swords is a champion criticiser himself, but is not too happy about being on the receiving end of it. He or she can turn sarcastic, and has a great knack of knowing where all the chinks in your armour are. This is something you will have to be aware of and get used to because it is just part of their personality. With the Upright Page of Swords, this unpredictable trait is usually under control by the time he or she has matured into the Queen or King of Swords. Not gone, but certainly more disciplined. Along with these blow-ups and loss of mental control, comes the post argument stony silence that can go on for days. The Page of Swords can certainly keep this mood going for some time, but once he snaps out of it and the ice thaws, he reverts back to his lovely chirpy self, relieved to be back talking once more.
Career wise, The Page of Swords needs to use his highly intelligent mind to its maximum capacity and then beyond. Here we are looking at the young Professional. The Page of Swords suggests super intelligence and high ambition. Study, and earning the highest possible degrees and qualifications will be the springboard into a high flying career for anyone represented by this Page. He suggests you are planning on going far in your career and may be considering a position in Law, Science, Business, Medicine or Research.
His presence in your Reading can suggest that you are thinking a lot about your career, what you want to do and how you are going to go about it. You have lots of ideas and loads of options open to you, for you can excel in many areas, but you do need to be passionate about what you do. Your choice of career or job must keep you constantly mentally stimulated, and should involve striving towards further promotions and qualifications. You will need to be kept on your toes and thinking on your feet.
The Page of Swords can also suggest that you have your head in the clouds right now and are doing nothing about your career or finding a job, even if you are doing a lot of talking about it. The Page of Swords may be here to tell you that you need to learn or study more if you want to be successful. He or she will be urging you to go to college or take up training that will give you extra qualifications and also challenge you mentally. His appearance may be in the form of the Messenger or Post Person, if you are awaiting news or a letter regarding your career or job. His upright presence is very encouraging and you are likely to hear good news.
Careers in Journalism or Teaching could be interesting but there is also a call to Service for Your Country when this Page appears in a Career Reading. You may be thinking of going into Politics, The Police Force or Army. The Page of Swords often suggests a passion for flying, so a career as a pilot may be the thing for you. You may have a natural flair for learning languages or already speak several. Having additional languages will certainly open your career options so maybe you should consider taking classes or a more in-depth study.
If you are starting off in business or thinking about it, it may be wise to seek the opinion, advice or view point of someone who will be honest and straight forward with you. No doubt you have tonnes of amazing ideas and heaps of fabulous plans, but they may not be very realistic or practical. You may need to come down to earth and think it all through before starting anything.
Adversary, Enemy, Defensive, Caught Off Guard, Coldness, Argumentative, Scathing, Sarcastic, Cynical, Negative, Rude, Vindictive, Spiteful, Slander, Back Stabbing, Hurtful, Hostile, Malicious, Aggressive, Assassin, Spy, Mercenary, Calculating, Blamer, Mind Games, Manipulator, Dishonest, Liar, Cheat, Trouble-Maker, Delinquent, Cheeky Brat, Looking For Trouble, Law Breaker, Shyness, Tongue-Tied, Lost for Words, Speechless, Misunderstandings, Paranoia, Delusional, Autism, Stutter, Dyslexia, Learning Difficulties, Forgetful, Mentally Un-Disciplined, Mentally Overwhelmed, Overly Conscientious, Overly Worried/Stressed, Mental Confusion, Mentally Scattered, Mental Health Issues, Mental Dysfunction, Ungrounded, Impractical, Head in The Clouds, Boring, Nothing to Say, Empty Headed, Air Head, Lack of Education, Exam Failures, Injuries by Sharp Instruments, Suicidal Tendencies, Childhood Issues – Psychological/Psychical Abuse, Bad News, Distressing News, Malicious Gossip, Indiscreet,
When The Page of Swords Reverses, there is a growing sense of trouble brewing on the horizon. The Clouds now gather force and close in on The Page. The Reversed Page of Swords is now the Initiator of problems, trouble, conflict, stress and worry. Instead of solving problems, he may be the cause of them.
The News he delivers can be upsetting and distressing. His News may catch you off guard and cause shock or panic. The Reversed Page of Swords will be the one to deliver news of a legal battle not going your way, fines, taxes, repossessions and banks turning down your application for a loan. He will also inform you of business contracts that are not worth the paper they are written on, or the fine detail you overlooked. He will also be there to deliver results of blood tests, scans and outcome of surgery that may bring deep upset. He is the one who lets anxious students know of exam failures and college place refusals. The Page of Swords Reversed will also bring the scandalous news of crime, unlawful behaviour, arrests and court summonses. He may even bring news of violence and aggression. He will also carry and spread, malicious tales, vicious gossip, slander and lies.
In the Upright The Page of Swords speaks his mind and is very open and honest about his feelings and opinions. When he appears Reversed, it can suggest you or someone you know is in a position where it is not possible, or safe, for them to speak out or tell the truth. They may be legally bound to silence, threatened to keep quiet or have decided not to tell for personal reasons. Also the presence of this Card can suggest that someone you confided a secret to has been indiscreet and dishonourable towards you. Be very careful with who you choose to share personal information or ask to keep secrets.
When The Page of Swords Reverses it carries a warning that you may be caught off guard. It can suggest the presence of an Adversary or Enemy who is quite calculating and dangerous. They may launch an attack when you least expect it or they may approach from a direction you are not expecting them to. Take heed and guard that which is yours and your position. You will need to keep mentally very alert.
The Page of Swords Reversed can be a nasty and potentially dangerous character, regardless of age. He still has a brilliant mind which is sharp and agile, but he now uses it in a very negative manner. He suggests vindictive behaviour. He manipulates situations and those around him for his own gain, and can be quite ruthless in how he goes about it. He is still a talker, but he now uses his power of communication to pass cynical and sarcastic remarks. He is highly opinionated and has little time to hear the views of others who he considers inferior to himself. He holds grudges and carries out acts of spiteful revenge.
There is a tendency for this Page to lash out with his Sword and strike indiscriminately with it. He can get obvious pleasure out of hurting other people. His easily projects his negativity on to others and is an expert at talking behind people’s backs. He also has the capacity to turn minds negative towards another, as he can be very convincing and clever in how he puts a story across. He can be slanderous and malicious but this may not always be done in a direct head on manner. He may choose to slowly turn a group against one of its members, or work colleagues against each other by subtle brainwashing. In this way, he can always find a plausible excuse or escape route should he be found out, for he will be sure to leave no obvious evidence behind him. He does not like to take the blame for anything, so can carefully choreograph a scenario where he is the initiator of trouble or conflict, but it’s very rarely traced back to him. He likes to cause trouble, set people up, play mind games and then sit back and watch it play out in front of him.
He may use people as pawns for his own amusement.The Medieval Tudor and French Courts were rife with Reversed Pages, who ran with the hare and hunted with the hound to suit their own gain. They were schemers and manipulators who sought power and prestige by spying on fellow courtiers, spreading lies and rumours, and telling bare faced lies, sometimes under oath. Friendly to your face, they would lure you into disclosing confidences and secrets which were immediately passed on into the hands of those who wanted your head on a block. They were dangerous times and the Royal Court was not a place for the naive and gullible, kind hearted or content. Just about everyone was on the make, and all sought power and ascension for their Family. This aspect of The Reversed Page of Swords is a dangerous adversary and the best advice would be to avoid him if at all possible, that is unless you believe you can match or better him.
We must also look at another aspect of this Reversed Page of Swords with some sympathy. Because of his immaturity and naivety, he may not be aware of the damage he does. He might be very careless with his words or use them out of context. He may speak without giving much thought to what he is about to say or what might be the appropriate way to phrase his response. It is out of his mouth, and depending on what it is that comes out, a conversation can turn to an argument very quickly, people can feel insulted, offended or belittled. Dreadful misunderstandings can occur as a result, and the Reversed Page of Swords can make things worse by trying to undo the damage. He can then sink his Sword deeper in his rush of words and excuses, causing further upset and outrage, or he can plunge it into his own foot and get barred, ostracised or exiled for his behaviour, aggressive tone of voice or attitude.
There is another possibility that can be represented when The Page of Swords Reverses. In the Upright he was an extremely chatty, but very interesting person to listen to. He was highly intelligent and well-read. In the Reverse, we may find that this Page still loves to talk, but the difference now is that he has nothing of any importance to say. He may be a prattler, who has to be saying something all the time. Unable to sit and leave the silence to speak for itself, he has to fill any gaps in conversation with pure rubbish. Others can find him tedious and boring, and will not want to get stuck beside him at a dinner table or outing. Then again, he may have absolutely nothing to say for himself. It might be like pulling teeth trying to get a conversation out of him or a response to your question. This may be down to shyness on his part or the possibility that he prefers to sit back and do the listening. He may feel it only necessary to speak when he has something he needs to say. It can all be very frustrating.
The Page of Swords Reversed may simply imply shyness and feeling unsure of what to say. This person may keep to themselves and guard their privacy. He or she may be a bit of a lone wolf and not comfortable with groups of people or social gatherings. It very much depends on what the question is, the Querant’s input and the Surrounding Cards.
As a younger child, The Reversed Page of Swords will often be referred to as a ‘cheeky brat’. He will be in trouble in school constantly for answering back, talking out of turn, being rude and for saying upsetting things to the other children. He can find it hard to concentrate in school as his mind is undisciplined and wanders constantly. He will be edgy and fidgety in class and will find it hard to hold eye contact. On the other hand he may be painfully shy and extremely quiet. It may be difficult to get a word out of him or get him to participate in class discussions.
On the least negative side, his only crime is that he is a daydreamer, and teacher will have to constantly remind him where he is and what page of the book everyone is one. Mental confusion can be a problem with this Reversed Page of Swords forgetting homework, what books should be in his bag and leaving things like his lunch box or pencil case at home. These Reversed Pages will need a vigilant parent to ensure that school bags are searched for school notifications and the likes of party invitations, for they won’t even remember being handed them. They will lose several jackets, coats, shoes and belongings over the years, much to the frustrated annoyance of their parents. This Reversed Page of Swords, is the school child who turns up at school to find it empty and locked up. His or her head was in the clouds, and not paying attention when it was announced there would be no school today. He or she will find it hard to organise themselves to get started at anything. Forgetful and easily distracted, they need a tolerant parent who will help them plan, sort and prioritise. If not, this Reversed Swords child will find it hard to apply themselves or complete any tasks.
Another version of the above Reversed Page of Swords is the child who is overly conscientious about school and homework. This Reversed Page, can become overwhelmed with worries about perceived incidents in school, homework assignments that suddenly become like life or death missions into space, or comments written by a teacher at the end of his essay. They can make their own lives a misery and upset everyone else at home too. At home there can be scenes of hysteria and breakdown over a brief 40 minutes of homework. It all becomes too much and they will ‘never get it all done’. If they discover they have left a book in school, or can’t remember exactly what the teacher said, it can all blow apart and become a major crisis. Parents have to ring other parents to find out what is exactly needed for school work the next day in an attempt to calm the distressed child who thinks its’s the end of the world, and that they’re heading for serious trouble with the teacher the next day. If the child just sat down and spent the time on their homework rather than ranting and raving, it would all be over and done before they knew it.
These are the same Reversed Pages who fall into a deep despair or depression if they fail to get 20 out of 20 in their spelling test. It can destroy their peace of mind for days, as they feel everyone thinks they are a failure. Everything is a drama, everything is a crisis and telling these Reversed Pages, that everyone thinks they are great and doing so well at school, just falls on deaf ears. The whole family are affected by these stressed-out and-overly conscientious Pages. There is so much rushing around inside their head, they find it hard to keep any thoughts in order. Unable to prioritise, compartmentalise or filter their thoughts, no wonder they are in such a heap all the time. As mentioned earlier, some of The Reversed Pages of Swords need tolerant and understanding parents and teachers who will work with them, and help them to break down all their thoughts or problems into more manageable sizes. By dealing with one thing at a time, and learning how to prioritise, these stressed-out Pages can begin to live a more relaxed life.
(They worry about everything and it reminds me of a friend of mine who recently found her young son up crying at the top of the stairs at 5 am. She was horrified and asked him what was wrong. He had been awake most of the night trying to remember whether the teacher had said that the class had to wear their tracksuits the next day, and not their usual uniform. My friend was still upset but relieved, as she was fearful he was going to disclose some terrible secret he had been keeping from her. She had already found the note in his bag earlier the previous evening and had actually told him he would be in tracksuit the next day and that she would leave it out for him. When she led him back to his bedroom, she pointed to the tracksuit hanging on the door of the wardrobe. She had told him the evening before, but as usual his head had been off somewhere else, so it had gone in one ear and out the other.) This scatter-brained behaviour, is not for the lack of intelligence or brains. It is just a lack of mental discipline and control.
However, sometimes there may be possible learning difficulties such as dyslexia or ADHD. The child can be every bit as frustrated as their parent or teacher, so if they can access the right support, and understanding tutors and parents, this Reversed Page of Swords can find a way to keep their mind under control, and working in a manner that is positive, constructive and productive. Often children with mild to severe learning difficulties are super intelligent but their mind works in a different manner, and whereas education is taught based on the average mental age and mental functioning of a child, this may be completely unsuitable for our Reversed Page of Swords. He or she may need another format and approach altogether. Often their high intelligence leads them to bore easily in class and hence their predisposition to daydream or become distracted. The Reversed Page of Swords needs to find something that interests him or her considerably, or provides a strong stimulating mental challenge. They also need more physical exercise, as the build up of mental energy can become explosive.
(This reminds me of a client and friend I have. Her son, now grown up, and with children of his own had ADHD. He was a lovely, kind and funny boy. He was hyper all the time and full of non-stop chat. When they came to visit, he would have the house wrecked in a matter of minutes, and he seemed to be all over the place all at once. He was super intelligent but he hated school. They didn’t understand him there. It was only in the early days of the education system acknowledging that such conditions as ADHD existed. Most just saw him as incredibly naughty and out of control. When he progressed into Secondary School the situation became worse, and he was suspended several times. He also got detention for being cheeky and for not doing his homework. His mother was eventually called to the school and lectured about how lazy her son was, and how he would never amount to anything. His mother knew exactly how difficult he was, but she knew something they did not. She apologised for the homework and other things but insisted that he was not lazy. She told them she could not wait for the day when her son was legally allowed to leave school for it didn’t suit him at all. She informed them that her so called ‘lazy boy’ rose at 5 am every morning, and by the time he had arrived at school for 9 am, had already cycled up to a nearby stable yard to help with the mucking out, before riding out several race horses in training for exercise etc. He then groomed them and cleaned their tack before heading off to his much-hated school. As soon as school was over, he headed straight back to the horses. At weekends, he travelled all over the country with the trainers entering races. He rode many winners and was offered rides on other trainer’s horses because he showed so much promise. My friend told me that the teachers’ jaws almost hit the ground with shock. The young Reversed Page went fully into the horses as soon as he left school and has built a great career for himself as a result. He still would not be able to read a book from cover to cover because he would bore too easily, that is unless, it was about horses.)
The Page of Swords loses his connection to the Earth when he Reverses and so becomes ungrounded. With no Earth, Water or Fire within, the Air Element flies loose and the Page of Swords can lose touch with reality. He also becomes cold, and hard as ice. He lives up in his head and exerts no control or discipline over his thoughts. His mind can run away with him as he becomes obsessed, overly paranoid or delusional. He is wary and guarded with everyone, and watches and waits for someone to put a foot out of place or pass a comment he does not care for. He has no friends, except acquaintances who are just like him. They feed off his negativity and are totally compliant to his orders and commands, ready and willing to do his bidding. In his negative state he can be the leader of a nasty gang but he is also quite happy to work alone.
The Reversed Page of Swords is constantly on edge. He is not aware of the double-edge aspect of his Sword for he only uses one side of it. It is life according to him, with his rules, his plans, his instructions and his beliefs. He uses his Sword to scare and worry people. He is aware of the power of his Sword, but only the dark side. He is scathing and dismissive, insulting and demeaning in his speech to others.
The honesty and truthfulness of the Upright Page of Swords vanishes, and instead we have someone who is prepared to bend the rules, cheat, lie and manipulate a situation for his own benefit or for fun. He is very powerful and destructive person to have around as he upsets everyone and creates a tense atmosphere. He has a spiteful and vindictive personality which stems from a deep inner unhappiness.
This Reversed Page of Swords has a deep down anger. A Sword in the hand of an angry person can be very dangerous. People can get hurt and all sort of trauma and tragedy can occur. Yes, this is a very angry young person. He or she is hurting deep down inside, and this can often be as a direct result of something that happened in their childhood. The Reversed Page of Swords often comes from a dysfunctional background or troubled up-bringing, which negatively impacts the natural positive flow of their Elemental Energies. There may have been constant put-downs, verbal abuse and even physical violence which have left a deep negative impression on this young Page.
At war with the world and within, he may rebel against all forms of authority, causing trouble wherever he goes. This form of Reversed Page of Swords represents the disturbed young person who is in constant trouble with the law. This youth can go from reform school to reform school, and as they get older may even serve prison sentences. Deep anger, resentment and frustration make them lash out at everyone. It is very hard to help these Reversed Pages, as they are very intelligent, and aware of every move you are making, and any agenda you attempt to hide. Being kind or nice, often shoves them further into their negative mind-set as the shutters go down and they refuse to cooperate. These troubled Pages can play endless mind games with those around or in charge of them, and will stop at nothing to get their way, or get away.
With a negative mind and cold heart they can also use their Sword to inflict injury. The Reversed Page of Swords depending on supporting Surrounding Cards can be capable of physical attack or extreme vandalism. They have no problem with using weapons too. The Courts of every country are filled with Reversed Pages of Swords whose minds are fractured and not easily repaired.
Other than criminal and delinquent behaviour, a Reversed Page of Swords from a dysfunctional up-bringing can be damaged in other ways. Psychological damage can manifest as Autism or stuttering. Phobias or fear of speaking out in public may be due to childhood conditioning, or a belief that their opinion does not count, or is met with punishment.
A Reversed Page of Swords appearing in a Reading needs to be approached with caution. Before any attempt is made to interpret him, all the Surrounding Cards should be taken into consideration. A Reversed Page of Swords appearing surrounded by negative Sword Cards, especially, the Eight, Nine or Ten of Swords acts as a Red Light Warning or Flag. In this situation, there would be great concern for the person represented by This Reversed Page, for it can suggest there may be suicidal tendencies or thoughts. This Reversed Page is in a very dark place and may feel that they have no way out of it. They may need professional help, as mental breakdown might be evident. Not only are they a danger to themselves, but others could be at risk too. A Reading like this needs careful handling, and advice should be given to seek the help of the family doctor, or a list of suitable help-lines or counsellors provided.
If this Page of Swords appears in a Reading representing a young person or child caught up in the middle of their parents separation or divorce, it can simply be highlighting the mental anguish and suffering they are experiencing as a result of it. This is a normal situation and one that happens all the time. It does not necessarily mean that it is a sign of break down or any other nasty change in personality, yet it highlights the need to keep an eye of this person. They may not be outwardly showing their distress and upset. It may be up to others to draw them out, and through communication, and eventual understanding and acceptance, this Page of Swords will eventually Upright him or herself once more. It is one of the painful trials in life that must be endured. The Page must be encouraged to talk about his or her feelings, and to release any anger in a safe and controlled manner.
In love The Page of Sword’s thoughtless attitude and careless or hurtful words will not endear him to his partner. He is a blamer and will rarely own up to his responsibility, using his clever use of words to make his partner feel miserable and also responsible. His expertise in relationships is mind games and power play. He can be sullen and uncommunicative, sulking if he feels neglected, or overbearing and boorish. His negative experiences of relationships as a child may influence his attitude to love and intimacy. Deep down he can desire love but hasn’t a clue how to go about finding it. The Reversed Page of Swords in a Relationship Spread can sometimes point to unhealed wounds from an earlier relationship. He has a tendency to bring the hurts and pains of a past failed relationship into a new one. He can punish his current partner for the deeds of his ex by taking out his anger on them, or blaming them for something they haven’t done. His Upright wariness towards relationships can change to paranoia when he Reverses. He can make fierce judgements based on his delusional assumptions. The Page of Swords appearing Reversed in a Relationship Reading can also point to a love rival or adversary who is not going to make a smooth passage for you.
The Page of Swords when Reversed can become brutally cold when he believes a relationship is beginning to fade. He doesn’t like long goodbyes so will sever all connections as quickly as possible. To the partner on the receiving side of this, it can come as quite a shock to find the one you thought you loved, turn cold and indifferent towards you overnight. Once they have made up their mind that a relationship is over, there will be no lengthy negotiations or discussions as to what went wrong. The shutters can come down rather rapidly, along with their Sword leaving you cut to the bone and totally bewildered. On the other hand, if it is the Reversed Page of Swords who is being left, this is another matter altogether, and he or she may not be too happy to cooperate. They may refuse to acknowledge your feelings as they become full of rage and insults. Some Reversed Pages can forbid you to end the relationship, their behaviour becoming quite controlling and domineering. You see they do not like to be told what to do in the Reverse as they like to be the one in charge and in control. The fairness and equality Upright Page of Swords is nowhere to be seen. A Reversed Page of Swords who goes into denial when told a relationship is over could be suffering from a psychological imbalance and needs to be treated with caution.
The Reversed Page of Swords can be super intelligent but finds it hard to relate to others, or is bored with college. He needs to find focus now or he may find it impossible to realise his potential in the future. This Reversed Page can suggest that you are not grounded and are doing very little to make your dreams a reality. If this Reversed Page of Swords does not use his intelligence, is restricted from using it, or fails to realise its potential, this can spell disaster for the future. Bitterness, deep anger and resentment is the outcome of an undeveloped brilliant mind. If this Reversed Page of Swords cannot Upright himself, and take advantage of every opportunity that comes his way, he will regret it terribly in the future, causing internal psychological anguish and a sense of failure. He or she will realise all too late the wonderful, brilliant mind they had and all they could have done with it.
Career wise, The Reversed Page of Swords can be suffering from extreme Air. An abundance of Air will cause his mind to flit from this to that and he will find it impossible to settle on a career choice. He may change his mind constantly or could get totally confused with so many options open to him. He is liable to entertain lofty notions about his future and will forever talk about what he is going to do, but rarely takes it any further than that. If he has a lack of Air, then he may have absolutely no plans at all. There may be nothing going on between his two ears.
On the other hand this Reversed Page of Swords can still suggest the Military but his role may be more of the mercenary, spy or assasin. In the Upright, flying as a career is suggested, but is more likely when this Page is Reversed.
If you are waiting on News regarding a job offer or promotion, the appearance of the Page of Swords does not augur too well. News is bound to be disappointing. You may be turned down due to lack of qualifications or poor interview performance. Maybe you should have spent more time in preparation for the interview, as in preparing well-worded answers for obvious questions. You may also be applying for jobs that are out of your league.
In the workplace, this Reversed Page of Swords can throw the spotlight on a troublemaker or office snitch. This is a staff member who is a gossip, slanderer and sneak. Underhand behaviour, back stabbing and self-promoting could be going on behind your back. Someone may have it in for you in work, but this will not be declared in the open. You will need to take great care if you have suspicions of who it might be, for there is nothing they will not stoop to to make your life miserable. They have a nasty habit of getting away with it too, for they are much better at this game than you are. This Card can also suggest arguments, conflict and tension in the workplace, or a working environment that requires little mental input or is mentally un-stimulating. Your job could be repetitive and boring.
If you are planning on starting up a Business, The Reversed Page of Swords can suggest an unworkable plan or a plan that has not being fully thought through. Your plans or vision may be unrealistic, so it would be best if you did not do anything too rash. It might be time to come down to Earth and approach your plans and ideas in both a logical and practical manner. This Reversed Page also brings disappointing News regarding business contracts.
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