The sword cards very much represent left-brain energies and activities – using the intellect, being logical, analyzing, making judgements, seeking the balance of justice. With the page, the emphasis can be on learning to use these skills and finding good opportunities to put them to use.
I want to get that said because I think I may be going off on a tangent (again) today. Not unrelated, but perhaps not mainstream meaning either. I’ve not said it before in this blog, but when it comes to tarot (and many other things) context is key. You can look at a card as an abstract exercise of understanding its meaning, but once you start applying it to people or a situations, it can take you places you didn’t expect when you were studying it in a vacuum.
First off, I want to remind you that yesterday’s card was the Three of Wands, I focussed on the visionary and planning aspects of that card, preparing for the journey of exploration implied by the card. To me, today’s card seems to be about dealing with what might prevent someone from making that journey.
We get tied to what we know, what we are used to, and that becomes our comfort zone, regardless of how uncomfortable it might be if we let ourselves feel it – we become desensitized to what we are familiar with. On the other hand, everything outside of our comfort zone is uncharted territory and not to be trusted, regardless of how bright and promising the appearance of what lies outside the comfort zone.
Of course, this is just the ego channelling Garth from “Wayne’s World” – We hate and fear change.” Indeed, the ego likes nothing better than to uphold the status quo, because it knows what that status quo is all about. It knows the rules. It knows what is expected and what to expect. When the ego moves beyond the status quo the alarm bells go off and all sorts of worst case scenarios are flashed on the screen of the imagination.
The left side of the brain, left to its own devices, knows that Garth is talking rubbish. OK, maybe your journey or venture won’t go exactly as planned, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be an epic failure leaving you destitute and homeless in a gutter with dogs fighting over your remains, or whatever your inner Garth is freaking out about. He might not be the only one. If you’ve been talking through any plans or changes with those closest to you, their inner Garth might be freaking out too. Suddenly you feel like you’re at a Fox Tea Party fear mongering convention.
Instead of going that way, why don’t you try using the energy of the Page of Swords. Use that sword to cut through all the subterfuge. Analyse the information you are getting from the ego. Are there any valid points to be made? If so, approach them logically and try not to let them drain you emotionally. If it’s just the ego being afraid of imaginary dragons, use that sword to slay those dragons and cut your ties to the ego’s fear or other draining emotions that will try to prevent you from making forward progress. If people are trying to influence your decision-making process to make you choose what is in their own best interest, use that sword to cut through that influence so that you can be clear you are doing what’s right for you, not what’s right for somebody else. Use that sword like Archangel Michael would, to cut through the obsolete and worn out baggage that holds you back.