As a reminder, the suit of wands is driven by masculine energy and usually represents willpower, change, and an impulse to create and make something new. Scholars and academics have connected the suit of wands to the classical element of fire, and most of the cards from that suit embody the symbolic attributes of this element, one way or another.
Page of Wands: Traditional meanings
The youngest of the four court cards in the suit of Wands, the Page of Wands represents the fire that has not yet been tamed, the wild and unpredictable spark that adds an element of chaos into any routine pattern. A vector of creativity and change with a wild side and quite a temper, the Page of Wands embodies the wild and crazy aspect of youth, but clearly channeling all that energy towards something creative and productive.
Upright: Young man or woman, energetic, funny, enthusiastic, and creative.
Reversed: Unpredictability, fiery temper, quick to offend, and savage.
Upright Page of Wands
The Page of Wands is a young man wearing elaborate clothes, with a round hat on his head, and carrying a long staff to represent the symbol of his suit. From the way he stands and his body language, he seems to be halfway through some kind of speech or proclamation, like an ancient bard or herald.
In colored versions of the Rider Waite Smith deck, his clothes are a combination of red, orange, and yellow hues, a nod to the element of Fire symbolically connected to the suit of wands in the tarot.
In several modern variations of tarot decks loosely based on the Rider-Waite-Smith(RWS) deck symbolism, the Page of Wands from the minor arcana (and all the other pages) are now often obviously female, to restore a kind of balance and parity to the court cards.
In most variations of the Page of Wands, the young man (or woman) is speaking, or doing something formal, and seems to be rather enthusiastic and motivated about it. The Page court cards usually represent the initial spark of the overall symbolic meaning of the suit of Wands.
As such, the Page of Wands can be seen as the initial spark of creativity behind any project, plan, or any other endeavor. This creative drive is channeled with a kind of candid innocence that can echo the free spirit found in the Fool major arcana.
The Page of Wands is extremely charismatic and full of energy and ideas, with a strong desire to let these ideas and concepts roam free, sharing them with the outside world.
Reversed Page of Wands
Like the flickering flame of the element of Fire, the Page of Wands also has a darker side when it appears reversed in a reading. On a personal level, the element of the suit of Wands gives the Page a fiery temper. As such, this card can represent someone who has a hard time staying calm when things don’t go their way.
The other negative aspect of a reversed Page of Wands echoes the role of herald and messenger inferred from the illustration, but only to be the bearer of bad news. As such, when this minor arcana card is drawn reversed and combined with other negative cards, the reading might be a warning about some impending bad news. The other arcana drawn in the reading would provide more context and details about the nature of such bad news.
Page of Wands and love
The Page of Wands usually represents a young, single person (usually male, but not necessarily). When it is drawn in a love tarot reading it usually refers to someone specific in the Querent’s life, someone with a wild, fiery temper but a good and mirthful nature.
The Page of Wands is also a good candidate for the Querent card if he or she embodies that particular character, joyful, energetic, and passionate.