The Page of Swords

The Page of Swords shows a young man or woman dressed in simple clothing that carries a sword in a readied position. He seems very expectant of some situation where he may be forced to use is sword. He has a fierce look on his face that forewarns his opponents and alludes to his confidence in his weapon. This young man or woman is on guard and prepared for whatever obstacle he may encounter.

The Page of Swords is a brave young person who may be in their teenage years. The depiction shows a boy turning into a man who needs to have his hunger for consolation satisfied. This  individual may have been taught to trust no one and could be holding some sort of underlying grudge from childhood where he was made to feel effeminate and endured masculinity boot camp by his own hand or at the hand of others.


The court cards of each Minor Arcana Suit represent people, and the physical and astrological characteristics of a person as well. In the case of pages, there is no astrologically significant information available. However, there is an elemental property assigned to each page, which has its own earth energy of the suit they appear in. For instance, The Page of Swords shows a combination of earth and air energy, which embodies inception. This indicates that the Page of Swords in a spread is speaking of inception and the ideas created to help the house to gain value. The physical characteristics often found to accompany a Page of Swords include dark eyes of brown or hazel and dark brown or black hair. It is advised that the querent pay attention to a younger individual with these physical characteristics when the Page of Swords appears in a layout.

Although there is very little to go on in terms of an outright card meaning, the surrounding cards will be of immense influence and importance to the Page of Swords and the interpretation of it.

The Page of Swords in an Upright Position

The Page of Swords in its upright position represents a younger male or female who is constantly on guard and apprehensive about everything. Every place has a potential threat lurking in the shadows. This can be read as true for one who suffers from bullying in school and has to remain on his toes all day in order to avoid the attacks, verbal assaults, and unexpected shoves that often plague the gauntlet known as high school. This younger individual is a lot more powerful than people may think. He is aggressive, and may have been raised to think that boys fight and definitely never show any emotion that is quieter than anger. Whenever a court card appears in a spread, it does not necessarily always signify a real human being, but a quality within the card that the querent needs to take up as part of his own persona or philosophies in order to experience growth and a better outlook on life.

The Page of Swords may be a stud with the ladies, and can often herald the possibility that someone is watching the querent from afar. He is very gifted in his use of words and can talk his way in and out of anything. The Page of Swords also shows a side of himself that is very romantic and intellectually gifted. He is excellent at using and tinkering with new technologies such as computers, and he always has a story to tell when it comes to keeping people enthused with being around him. The Page of Swords is very charismatic and should be watched for that reason alone.

The Page of Swords in a Reversed Position

A reversal of a court card has an inverse meaning that corresponds with the court card it is attached to. The Page of Swords in reversal might be pushy himself as a way to handle the victimization he has endured, and he may spread rumours or chat about people in a negative manner himself in order to feel a little bit of power over other people. He will kiss and tell, and he’s great with keeping detailed information about his interests and favourite individuals in the back of his mind for use later on. He is intelligent and very cunning. There is good reason why the querent must look out for an individual like the reversed Page of Swords, and this may be especially true for those who have teenage daughters that are his age and likely to interact with him.

The Page of Swords appearing in its reversed version is not always about someone else who has these qualities. It may be that the querent himself is experiencing an influx of this mischievous energy. The important thing to remember is that one must be able to control their impulses and keep them from ruling their lives, relationships, and outlook on the world in general. There is a definite need for mental stimulation when one finds themselves engaging in the type of behaviour represented by a reversed Page of Swords. This is very important so that he doesn’t alienate himself from his circle or miss an opportunity for romance because of this type of attitude and demeanour. There is also a clear need for balance between the male and  female principle within this young one, and especially when it comes to a reversed Page of Swords. It’s good to have a sturdy masculine side, but the female principle within the Page of Swords is underdeveloped and there is a need for sensitivity and understanding that is lacking here. If this can be achieved, the Page of Swords will find himself in a state of wholeness that allows him to graduate to the next level of maturity and go on to accomplish greater things.

Key Terms

  • Can be a gossip
  • Charismatic
  • Intellectual pursuits
  • Technological savvy
  • Tendency to be a know-it-all
  • Apprehensiveness
  • Being on guard
  • Masculine to a fault
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