In the tarot, the Pages are the first of the Court Cards. My experience of the tarot, is deeply connected to my own healing journey, journey which has been truly non-linear. Healing comes in many layers, and the Court Cards usher us in to a deeper layer of healing after the medicine of the pips (numbered cards or Ace through 10 in each suit). As the first of the Court Cards, the Pages are our invitation into this deeper layer, the first step on a journey of expansion.
My own personal understanding of the Court Cards has heavily drawn on what the imagery of the Pagan Otherworlds Tarot has taught me about these archetypes.
Page of Swords- This Page swings his sword, wields it easily. He has gone through much training in the journey from Ace to Ten, and now he uses this sword as a tool. He uses the truth to cut himself free, to cut to the heart of the matter. He moves swiftly, but not carelessly, to his task. Here we use the power of the mind to be objective, to self examine and to take us to deeper levels of patterning shifts and healing.
Page of Cups- This Page extends his arm to the heavens and tilts his head back in song. He stands, throat open and connected to the heart (both bare), willing and able to speak his truth. Through the journey through the suit, he has worked with his emotions, experiencing both highs and lows. He is now prepared to give voice to his soul’s truth, to what lies at the center of his heart. By speaking his desire, his purpose, his wisdom, he moves more deeply into connection with himself. By opening up he engages more fully in his emotional growth.
Page of Pentacles- This Page holds his Pentacle up like an emblem, like a prize. Feet firmly planted on the ground, he is proud of the work he has done in the physical world, with his body. His body is a vessel of sacred connection that roots him to his purpose. He still has work to do, but he understands the beauty of nature and through it, the beauty of his life. This is the blueprint for all his future lessons. He will carefully build on this foundation to create great beauty and manifestation.
Page of Wands- This Page is hooded and yet appears to be surveying the landscape. He holds his wand with ease but he holds it high, his other hand assuredly at his hip. He has has much practice, through trial and error, and now better understands how to carry his energy, how to manifest his personal power. He has healthy boundaries, but his force in the world can be seen in his casual confidence. He creates skillfully and moves through the world with relative ease. He knows enough now to honor the lessons he still has to learn and he sets out enthusiastically to encounter them on his path.