Sunday, April 15, 2007


TODAY'S CARD IS The Page of Swords. This version is from The Via Tarot (in which Pages are called Princesses), art by Susan Jameson and book by John Bonner:

For comparison, here's The Page of Swords in the Rider/Waite/Smith deck:

THE PAGE OF SWORDS: I tend to identify with this card, as she's said sometimes to be a child of difficult parentage who ultimately prevails. (The former is most certainly true for me, but the latter still is yet to be seen. :-D) It is intriguing for me that the figure on The Via Tarot's Princess of Swords is "Medusa haired" as Medusa has been a favorite mythological figure of mine since early childhood, though I must admit I would see Medusa more as a mature Queen, than a youthful Page. However, in The Thoth Tarot (which The Via Tarot was designed as a continuation/extension of) the Princesses are much more powerful and active than pages usually are so I can somewhat see Medusa fitting with this Princess of Swords.

DIFFERENT OR LESS COMMON, EVEN QUIRKY MEANINGS FOR (i.e. the below is not intended to be an exhaustive exploration of this card; a quick google will produce a wider variety of takes should you not be familiar with this card):

May indicate someone who had abusive or addictive parents/caretakers.

Your mind is quite powerful. Be sure you do not mesmerize yourself with your myriad wonderings and intensities, especially the negative ones.

Something you went through in the past may help you now. What does this current situation call to mind?

It may be that what you are thinking is causing this mood. Apply yourself to examining the sense of what you are thinking and you just might "vanquish" this negative state.

If you are isolating, it may be an instinctive move towards learning new things on your own before trying them out.

Your unusual view of things may make you appear a bit odd, off-putting, or even scary to some folk. If it seems important to communicate, try "dialing back" a bit on the amount and/or intensity of your presentation.

You can do it, no matter how embattled you may feel.

You are able right now to cut through others' obscuration and pretense, and get to the central issue(s).

Someone who enjoys verbal sparring and argumentation and is probably quite good at it.

The Princess of Swords above in The Via Tarot might make an excellent lawyer, or advocate for children. (In decks other than this, I'd say this would be more likely about The Queen of Swords.)

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‘til next time, keep exploring your mind's power wisely and enjoying The Tarot,


[aka: Patricia Kelly]

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