The Pages of Tarot: Ageless Archetypes of Renewal
In the tarot, the Pages are uniquely positioned as messengers of change and development. Their role is to remove the old and replace it with something new, something different.
Approaching the Pages can be likened to seeing the youngest servant in a medieval castle. Picture them, whether they are traversing the courtyard, receiving tasks and chores from various individuals—being sent in all directions.
Tasks abound. The cook asks them to fetch a bucket of fresh water (they leave with an empty bucket and return with a full one), the blacksmith instructs them to bring a horse from the field (they leave with the task and return with the horse), and the knight demands they polish his boots (they depart with dirty boots and return with them gleaming). As for the Queen and the King? Well, they typically pay little attention to the lower staff. They might not even notice the Page.
Adventure and growth
The Page cards symbolize youthful energies seeking adventure and growth. They are inherently curious and eager to explore the world (or a specific subject), aiming to develop and progress. Thus, the Pages hold significant potential, mainly due to their vitality.
Simultaneously, the Page traverses everywhere, lending an ear to all. They are knowledgeable and serve as the messengers of the court. However, they may not always be aware that they do not always understand everything. Losing their innocence becomes the path to realization.
Pages encourage embracing challenges and welcoming learning moments. To grow, one must step out of the comfort zone and embrace the unknown. Driven by an innate desire to learn, the Pages do so fearlessly. Hence, these cards invite us to remain curious and open to what life offers.
Each of the Pages is associated with one of the card suits: Wands, Cups, Swords, and Pentacles, adding uniqueness to their character.
The Pages of Tarot
- Page of Wands
- Page of Cups
- Page of Swords
- Page of Pentacles
The Pages are associated with the Earth element as a group of cards. This makes them less focused on emotional or mental processes as individuals. It shows their dedication to skill development through practical experiences.
Becoming The Best Version of Yourself
The Pages invite you to learn from a positive and reflective mindset. They remind you that mistakes and challenges are growth opportunities, not indications of failure. Approaching the world with an open heart and curious mind allows you to reap the rewards of your efforts and develop into the best version of yourself.
Be aware of the most minor steps you make. Every step, no matter how small, contributes to your personal development.
Personality Typing Pages with Myers-Briggs Indicators
- Page of Wands (ENTP): Energetic and innovative, the Page of Wands embraces challenges enthusiastically, embodying the traits of an Extroverted, Intuitive, Thinking, and Perceiving individual.
- Page of Cups (INFP): Infused with idealism and creativity, the Page of Cups resonates with Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, and Perceiving qualities, fostering a deep connection to emotions and imagination.
- Page of Swords (ENTJ): Driven by logic and strategic thinking, the Page of Swords embodies Extroverted, Intuitive, Thinking, and Judging characteristics, manifesting as a keen and analytical communicator.
- Page of Pentacles (ISTJ): Grounded and diligent, the Page of Pentacles reflects Introverted, Sensing, Thinking, and Judging traits, emphasizing practicality and a meticulous approach to learning.
A page doesn’t necessarily have to depict a child in your surroundings. Age plays no role in this card, no matter what other sources may say. When associating a young age with this card, you may look for an interpretation around a child in your surroundings and forget that (even) you have childlike parts in your character that can help you grow and enjoy the simple things in life. It means you can develop this part of yourself, even when you’re older.
When you draw a Page, be inspired by what you can learn and the steps you can take in further personal development. Consider the element the Page holds onto the card. Reflect on what you’re not yet proficient in or what you’ve always wanted to learn about that element. Approach it as a new adventure, just as the Page would.
Pages form a captivating aspect of tarot, where youthful energies of discovery and development take center stage. Their presence in a spread serves as a reminder that growth is a continual process, and every step on your life’s path offers an opportunity for personal growth and flourishing.