Inverted Page of Swords

Interpretation

Inverted Page of SwordsThe Page of Swords is a young person (or someone young at heart) with a great deal of air (Gemini, Libra, or Aquarius) in their chart. Pages often represent messengers. This page’s message is often malicious gossip.

This person might be acting out of wounds from childhood. These are hurts they have never been able to effectively bind up and heal. At best, this page will withdraw from social interaction and feel tongue-tied. More likely, they will lash out unexpectedly. They even find enjoyment in the pain they are able to cause through belittling and slandering others. They thrive on misunderstandings and find shelter in the misdirected. You might find their sarcasm entertaining for a while, especially if it is directed at people you dislike. But, this person will eventually injure you, especially if they perceive you as a threat. Don’t trust this person.

If this sounds like you, seek out a guide to help you root out the source of this pain. The process will be difficult and will take time, but it will eventually teach you who you can and cannot trust. If this page is someone in your community, try your best to avoid them. They might be bright, but that does not mean they act rationally.

Interactions

Major Arcana

Fool: The Page of Swords in combination with the Fool indicates a fresh start.
Lovers: If the Page of Swords comes after the Lovers, a relationship will end.

Minor Arcana

Eight of Rods (Clubs, Wands, or Staves): The Page of Swords in combination with the Eight of Rods (Clubs, Wands, or Staves in other decks) suggests a message; especially one related to difficulties, contracts, legal matters, or gossip; may play a key role in events.

The Suit — Swords or Spades

The sword cuts and dissects. Swords represents the element of air. They are intellect. They are double-sided, which allows them to both damage and heal. The images in the suit might be alarming to some, but they are not simply aggressive. Yes, we can use blades to inflict pain, but we also use them to carve, shave, and trim.

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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