Page of Swords

Alt names: Princess of Swords, Daughter of Arrows
Keywords: Student, apprentice, scholarship, information
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Range of meanings

Personality: The Page of Swords can represent anyone who wants to (or needs to) learn (Page) more about intellectual pursuits, academic subjects, or good decision-making (Swords). Though eager to make a good impression, The Page may lack the experience or information needed to handle studies or assignments with responsibility and confidence. He or she may overcompensate for this with bluster, exaggerated credentials, or snap judgments.

Light: Pursuing a course of study. Asking good questions. Investing time in study and practice. Doing research. Making a habit of learning new things. Starting an investigation. Outlining what you need to know. Finding a mentor or teacher.

Shadow: Pretending to knowledge or sophistication you do not possess. Cheating on an exam. Feigning interest as a way of gaining favor. Considering only the evidence that supports conclusions you’ve already drawn. Rejecting the wise counsel of experienced teachers.

Questions to ask

  1. How comfortable are you with revealing your own ignorance?
  2. What are the marks of a good student?
  3. To what extent are you open to new information?


Personal Growth: Keep your mind young by playing the role of the perpetual student. Enroll in a course. Visit a museum. See a movie you’d normally avoid. Ask someone who enjoys an art you find annoying to explain what he or she loves about it. Do all you can to shift perspective and see the world from new and exciting angles.

Work: Get the training you need. Ask questions. Forget the stigma of “not looking capable”—smart and worthy superiors know who’s faking it. Be up front about what you need in order to move forward with confidence. Get clarification and point out contradiction.

Relationships: Every relationship is an opportunity to learn about others and learn about yourself. Some relationships provide a lifetime of lessons; others run short of insights in a matter of weeks. Judge mistakes with kindness and affection; you’re both learning.

Spirituality: Spend time with whatever Scripture governs your path. Read books. Consult oracles. Ask a guide, priest, priestess, or other minister the questions that cloud your mind. Prayers for wisdom and patience can open doors to new insights and spiritual discoveries.

Fortune-Telling: This card represents a young man or woman with an airy, intellectual demeanor, likely born a Capricorn, Aquarius, or Pisces, who wants to learn something new from you or have a discussion with you.


Element: Earth of Air

Fool's Journey: The main character must humbly apply himself or herself to an apprenticeship or course of study.

Page: The Page represents anyone who wants to or needs to learn about something.

Swords: One of the four suits of the tarot. Also sometimes called blades, knives or athames. Represents logic, objectivity, intellect, and choice. Along with the responsibility such talents bring. Swords suggest logic, clarity, and decision-making. Remember the story of wise King Solomon, who once offered to slice a baby in half in order to resolve a dispute over motherhood? Swords cut through confusion, revealing our agendas in the process.

Awkwardness: Most RWS-inspired cards for the Page of Swords will feature a young swordsman in a romantic pose, indicating he’s more acquainted with the idea of battle than he is with its harsh realities. The Page of Swords wants to be an intellectual or scholar, but lacks the credentials or training to fill the role with much success at this time. The Page of Wands’s yearning gaze is also frequently posed in a manner that suggests awkwardness or clumsiness.

Windswept Landscape: In a nod to the airy nature of the suit of Swords, the background may be filled with puffy clouds and windswept landscapes. The Page, intrigued by every notion but lacking the experience to distinguish between fluff and hard information, is constantly blown in different directions.

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