As a reminder, the suit of Pentacles is driven by feminine energy and represents values related to stability, growth, and material aspects in the life of the Querent or subject of a reading. Scholars and academics have connected the suit of pentacles to the classical element of earth, and most of the cards from that suit embody the symbolic attributes of this element, one way or another.
Page of Pentacles card: Traditional meanings
The youngest of the four court cards in the suit of pentacles, the Page of Pentacles is an idealist that still tries to balance the utopian carelessness of a young mind with a more practical, realistic, and down-to-earth point of view. It usually represents the kind of people who will plan ahead and walk on a well-beaten path that will provide safety and financial stability, even as they try to cling to some of their more ambitious ideals, trying to make them fit in their new career plan.
Upright: Study, practical matters, balancing needs and ideals, and personal growth.
Reversed: Procrastination, dissipation, and turning your back on your dreams.
Upright Page of Pentacles card
In the Rider Waite Smith tarot deck illustration, the Page of Pentacles is a young and graceful man with a hat and shawl. He is looking up and away, in the distance, as if he were trying to find something in the horizon.
From the background, he seems to be standing in a kind of meadow, and we can notice a small bunch of trees on the left and a mountain on the right of the minor arcana card. Both are reminders that echo the connection of this card to the element of earth.
Finally, the Page of Pentacles holds the symbol of the suit of Pentacles with both hands, but it isn’t the first grip, the pentacle seems very light, balanced on the tip of his fingers, almost like a candle lantern about to fly away.
More modern versions of tarot decks derived from the original RWS deck usually have turned the Page of Pentacles into a girl, to balance the gender parity within the court cards.
As usual for the court cards, the Page of Pentacles represents the initial spark triggering the themes of the element associated with the suit. Just like the illustration looking ahead, the page of pentacles is looking at upcoming opportunities, both financial and practical.
On a financial aspect, the page of Pentacles represents new investment opportunities and a desire for material safety and security. However, this is probably the most balanced of the pentacles court cards in that the page does not turn his back on the more spiritual aspect of their being. The stability he craves is often meant to be the foundations of more immaterial aspirations.
On a practical and personal level, the page of Pentacles represents the drive to better yourself, to acquire more skills and knowledge, and to end every day feeling greater and more experienced than you did when you woke up in the morning. The main difference from the Page of Swords will be found in the very nature of what is learned, as the Page of Pentacles will usually focus on more practical or physical skills rather than abstract theories and concepts.
Reversed Page of Pentacles card
The problem of the Page of Pentacles is that too much youthful optimism coupled with larger than life goals often translates into a dizzying feeling that can be overwhelming. Faced with so many potential prospects and no way to define a clear priority can often turn resolve into procrastination and energy into apathy.
A reversed Page of Pentacles in a reading can represent this contradiction, and plague a potential project or endeavor with a depressing lack of progress, leading one to want to give up before they even tried. The way out of such predicament is to design some kind of structure and learn how to prioritize what needs to be done.
Page of Pentacles and love
The Page of Pentacles often represents a driven young man, probably a student or scholar of some sort. Usually, he will represent someone in a state of transition from being a dreamer, with remnants of the idealism of youth or teenage years, into a more practical and down-to-earth person, with long-term goals and a clear vision of who they want to be.
The Page of Pentacles if a good Querent card to represent a young man or woman currently defining who they will be as an adult, as well as anyone trying to acquire practical knowledge of some sort.