Inverted Page of Pentacles


Inverted Page of PentaclesThe Page of Pentacles is generally thought to be a young person under 25 (of either gender), who has a great deal of earth (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) in their chart. This can also be anyone who is young at heart. The inversion suggests the earth element is out of balance. While the upright version of this card is studious, that is far from the truth with the inversion. This youth finds it hard to focus, keeps changing her mind, or drops the ball entirely.

If you get this card, details might be falling through the cracks. You might be losing your patience with a project. You could even be ignoring your own health and hygiene. Since the inversion suggests imbalance, you might go to the opposite extreme of getting bogged down by details or too caught up in the way others perceive you. Any of these could accompany exhaustion and depression. The antidote lies in the introduction of the other elements — air, water, and fire.

Keep yourself hydrated and give yourself sufficient light while working. Pay attention to your breathing while you work. Are you holding your breath? Try to keep your breathing study and deep, especially while you’re working out details. Swimming or water aerobics might be a good choice for you on your off hours. Even sitting at the side of water or in front of a fire could calm you. Once you bring the elements back in balance, your mind will clear and you can complete your projects.


The Page of Pentacles interacts with a couple of cards.

Major Arcana

Emperor: Any cards from the suit of Pentacles can indicate an offer of a position of authority. This position is likely to involve finance and carry heavy responsibilities.

Minor Arcana

Eight of Rods: If any of the pages appear in a spread with the Eight of Rods (Wands, Staves, or Clubs in other decks), it suggests a message (possibly about work or money) might play a key role in the situation. News may be arriving soon.

The Rank — Page (or Princess)

Traditionally, pages represent young people under the age of 21. Energetically, the pages are messengers, students, or catalysts. These cards play more of a supporting role in a spread.

The Suit — Pentacles, Coins, or Diamonds

The pentacle is a symbol of earth magic. The coin is wealth and wages. The diamond is a symbol of wealth, pulled from the ground and refined by human hands into something enduring and elegant. This suit represents all things related to the earth. It represents the work of our hands. It represents those conspicuous signs of wealth that show us and our neighbors how successful we are, but this is merely material wealth. We can pass this on to the next generation, but it is worthless if we choose to bury it with ourselves.

The Inversion

There is nothing to fear with an inversion. Mary K. Greer explains in her book, The Complete Book of Tarot Reversals, that an inverted card may be interpreted in one or more of these twelve ways:

  1. Blocked or Resisted
  2. Projected
  3. Delayed, Difficult, Unavailable
  4. Inner, Unconscious, Private
  5. New or Dark Moon (if you are reading cards from a round deck)
  6. Breaking Through, Overturning, Refusing, Changing Direction
  7. The Opposite of the Upright Meaning, or Lacking
  8. Excessively
  9. Misused or Misdirected
  10. The Upright Meaning Backward
  11. A Rectification or Cure
  12. Magical, Unconventional, or Humorous

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