Page of Swords

As a reminder, the suit of cups is driven by masculine energy and channels the power of the intellect and mind, including all the concepts, knowledge, and beliefs that it holds. Scholars and academics have connected the suit of cups to the classical element of air, and most of the cards from that suit embody the symbolic attributes of this element, one way or another.

Minor Arcana card: the Page of Swords

The Page of Swords in the Rider-Waite Smith Tarot deck is a beautiful and lithe young man with long hair and soft, androgynous face. He uses both hands to carry the sword that represents his suit. He seems to be particularly aware of his surroundings as if he were standing guard over something or someone.

There are numerous white clouds in the sky behind him, probably as an intensive to highlight the element of Air found in all the Swords cards.

It should once more be noted that several modern tarot decks and variations around the rider deck have turned the Page of Swords (and all the other pages) into females, to restore a kind of balance and parity to the court cards

The positive elements of the Page of Swords

Among the court cards, the Pages usually represent the initial spark of the element and themes of the suit of Swords. Accordingly, the core meaning of the Page of Swords represents new ideas and concepts. The Page of Swords is full of curiosity and wants to use his mind and intellect in as many situations as possible. Good or bad, every new experience is an excuse to have learned something and grown.

This natural curiosity and drive usually fills the page of swords with a lot of dynamic energy, and enough control and patience to turn that energy into something productive. The Page of Swords realizes how much he still needs to learn and often turns into the best kind of student any teacher might have, a student that knows he is there to learn, and willing to put as much time and effort into it as required.

The negative elements of the Page of Swords

A reversed Page of Swords might exacerbate some of the downsides that are thematically present in this minor arcana. More specifically, this could echo the restlessness and eagerness of the subject of the reading, leading to rash behavior and actions that have not been thought out, forcing the situation into an uncomfortable place where stimuli and events will have to be dealt with, without any help from within, and that unpreparedness might have some negative consequences on the subject’s life

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Page of Swords and love

The Page of Swords often represents a beautiful and charismatic young man, someone witty and fun but that still has a lot to learn in life. As such, they often end up in a rather unstable relationship, torn between genuine information and the desire to acquire more and more experience.

As a living embodiment of young intellect, the Page of Swords will be particularly negatively affected by any kind of betrayal, half-truths, or outright lies.

The Page of Swords is a good candidate for the Querent card if he or she represents the archetype of the student, someone eager to learn as much as possible and at any cost.

Final thoughts on the Page of Swords

The youngest of the four court cards in the suit of swords, the Page of Swords is a proactive vector of intellect and reason, the initial impulse of rationality over instinctual reaction. They can seem aloof and have their heads in the clouds, but their most striking behavior elements are an almost insatiable curiosity and a craving for new experiences and information that will keep their interest fresh. They represent the aspect of youth that craves education and recognizes the difference it can make on a daily basis.


Young man or woman eager to learn, talkative and curious, full of energy

Reversed: Over-thinking things, undue haste, forgetting important matters while pursuing newly hidden information.

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