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Page of Swords Meaning – Smith-Waite Centennial

The Page of Swords is our guide in today's deep dive into a single tarot card. And they're also our second court card! We kicked off our daily tarot series last week with the good old Knight of Cups

If you're learning the tarot yourself, you might already know that knights represent a person on a mission with plenty of wisdom, resources, and accolades under their belt. Knights may not be leaders like kings and queens, but they are in control of whatever situation they find themselves in.

By contrast, pages are more junior. They're less experienced—and usually less serious—than their knightly counterparts. And although they have fewer resources at their disposal, they're also more free. They're not yet bogged down by responsibility, and in short, they can still have a good time! The Page of Swords is no exception, inviting you to take yourself less seriously in today's tarot horoscope. 

Page of Swords tarot card from the Rider-Waite-Smith Centennial deck. Detailed card description in body text. This card is pictured on a blue-back background next to the rest of the deck in a stack, which are face-down and slightly fanned out, tied in a bow with black ribbon.

The Page of Swords in the Smith-Waite Centennial tarot deck

Right off the bat, you might notice that the Page of Swords is a lot more cheerful than the several other sword cards that have come up in our Card of the Day free readings. This card shows off some jubilant primary colours—from the page's red boots to their yellow leggings to the beautiful blue sky. Plus, the sky is home to some fluffy, rounded clouds—a far cry from the jagged, hostile sky of yesterday's Five of Swords.

The Page of Swords stands at the centre of this card, clad in fine but unrestrictive clothing. They hold a sword aloft with an air of nonchalance, and they're looking off to the distance behind them. There's no enemy in sight.

Swords are the suit of air in tarot cards, representing the quick speed of wit and the ever-changing, often-clashing power of the intellect. And air is coming through loud and clear in our daily tarot card. The page's ribboned ponytail is blowing in the wind, and the rolling hills beneath those red boots have a Starry Knight quality. They evoke a sense motion, and they seem to flow from left to right, in the same direction as the page's auburn locks.

The joy of aimless contemplation

A portrait of relaxed ambivalence, the Page of Swords rejoices in unhurried rumination. This is someone who is still green and youthful, who can still delight in their wild surroundings and is content—for now—not to intervene. They have taken up their sword, acknowledging the power of their own mind. But they're not all that interested in using their brain to change the world—a place that they're still very much in love with.

Today's tarot meaning is a simple one, friends. My Smith-Waite deck invites us to take after the Page of Swords, expanding our passive awareness of the world around us. It's a day to set aside some time for contemplation merely for contemplation's sake.

If you don't have a mindfulness practice in place already, why not try out a guided meditation? Or, if you're able to, see if you can enjoy some time just moving through nature—without focusing on burning calories or seeing the experience as another means to an end. You can strengthen your mind by just letting it wander. And who knows? You might discover something important that you've never even noticed before. 

S.M. signature — Savanna Margaret's initials

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