Inverted Page of Rods


Inverted Page of RodsThe Page of Rods is a young person (or someone young at heart) with a great deal of fire (Aries, Leo, or Sagitarius) in their chart. The inversion indicates this fire element is out of balance. The Page of Rods in particular is a messenger. Inverted, his message is probably bad or incomplete news. This is also the card of the casual dabbler.

If you receive the Inverted Page of Rods, you might resent being asked to start over. You are probably experiencing frustration, drudgery, impatience, or haste. This may cause you to lose focus at a crucial point in a process. But, inversions can be tricky. This card might indicate you have moved past the inspirational stage of your project.

Whatever your situation, you will find more success if you balance the fire element. Introduce more air, water, and earth into your daily activities. Spend time gardening, take long baths, run outside in the fresh air. It’s easy to burn yourself out. Practice some self care. Take a deep breath, and start again.


The Pages generally only interact with the Eight of Rods.

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 might play a key role in the situation. News may be arriving soon.

The Suit — Rods, Wands, Staves, or Clubs

The Rod is a tool with a spark of life in it. This suit is associated with the element of fire, due largely to an ancient belief that fire is held captive in wood. Certainly, sensitive souls can feel the energy of wood, but we don’t expect it to combust on its own. When we refer to this suit as Wands, we acknowledge its power. Rods are creative and fiery. They can also feel like a burden in excess.

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 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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