(The above image is a copy of The Page of Wands card in a standard Rider-Waite Tarot deck. The 6 symbols pointed out above are explained below.)
The court in the Wands suit begins with the Page of Wands. Like all court cards, the Page of Wands illustrates spiritual maturity within the Minor Arcana. The Page stands upright and admires the wand for its authority. The card beckons us to pursue any opportunity and to manifest our visions into the world.
For more information about The Page of Wands card, check out A. E. Waite’s description here.
Point 1 – FIGURE’S POSE
The Page of Wands reflects the spiritual maturity of the court cards as the Page’s position mimics the lone wand. The wand is no longer a tool to be used; it is something to become. Similar to the Nine of Wands, the Page has both hands on the wand. Unlike that card, however, the Page isn’t using the wand for support during a bleak repose; the Page is steadying the wand on equal ground during a time of peace.
Point 2 – WAND
While the wands are the same size in every card, it is clearer in this one that the wand is taller than the Page. Because of this, the Page has to physically look up to the wand. This marks the spiritual maturity of the Page and the importance of the wand itself.
Point 3 – HAT
The hat that the Page wears contains a red plume similar to The Fool. This plume symbolizes the passion and enlightenment of the Page. The hat is also similar to one worn by a figure in the Five of Wands card. This marks the spiritual progression the reader has made throughout the Wands suit.
Point 4 – DESERT
Throughout the Wands suit, the landscape has shifted between a green plain and a yellow desert. The desert is not meant to represent the absences of life, but rather the resilience of it. Despite living in a wasteland, the Page thrives, using his wit and willpower illustrated by the wand.
Point 5 – PYRAMIDS
This resilience in a waste land is further illustrated by the pyramids in the background. In a place where all is sand, humans have constructed something beautiful. This is the first time that pyramids have been in the Wands suit and yet they are so representative of its meaning.
Point 6 – TUNIC
The tunic that the Page wears is full of symbolism that gets at the core of the Wands suit. First, the color yellow helps the Page blend into the background, illustrating his connectiveness with the world around him. Second, his tunic is decorated with various salamanders biting their tails. Every Minor Arcana has an animal associated with it. The salamander connects the Wand suit with the element of fire because, according to legend, the salamander can pass through fire without getting hurt. They reiterate the theme of resilience through conflict.
An Upright Page of Wands retains the dynamic potential of the Ace of Wands without any of the proceeding conflict. You are in a creatively potent space where the world can change at your fingertips. Pursue any and all opportunities that come your way and seek to manifest the ideas that dominate your mind.
A Reverse Page of Wands suggests that you have been stewing over some ideas but are hesitant to manifest them. Maybe you are unsure if the idea is worth pursing or maybe you are running against obstacles that seem overwhelming. In times like this, take a moment to self-reflect on what your goals are. Seek out fellowship with trusted friends and hammer out any logistics that come up.
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About the author: John Taylor is a content writer and freelancer through the company Upwork.com. You may view his freelancing profile here. He has a B. A. in English, with a specialty in technical writing, from Texas A&M University and a M. A. in English from the University of Glasgow. You may view his previous articles about Tarot here and his LinkedIn profile here.