Exploring the Page of Swords

Welcome to Tarot Thursdays! This week we will be exploring the Page of Swords and how it can be used as a prompt or brainstorming in our writing.

Tarot is an interesting thing. It’s based upon symbolism and metaphors through imagery. With these images the subconscious mind is tapped into through the story provided. Not everyone gets the same thing from a piece of art. Each piece will influence each person in a slightly different way.


Introduction of the Card

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The Page of Swords is card number 60 in the deck, the eleventh card of the Swords Suit, and the first card of Swords’ Court in the Minor Arcana of the Tarot.

Let’s take a look at the following examples of this card below.


Card Examples

L-s11Notice the similarities between them and take note of their differences. Do any of these move you more than the others? Take your time and allow these cards to tell you their story.


My Analysis of These Cards

In each of these cards we see a depiction of a young person or student who has accepted the gift of the sword we had seen in the Ace of Swords. All that potential now rests with them.


Themes of the Card

Each card has a set of keywords associated with it that serve as themes for its image. These keywords will vary somewhat depending on who you ask.

According to the Learning the Tarot website, the keywords associated with the card are:

  • USE YOUR MIND
  • BE TRUTHFUL
  • BE JUST
  • HAVE FORTITUDE

You can learn more about what this site has to say about this card here.

According to the Biddy Tarot website, the keywords associated with the card are:

  • TALKATIVE
  • CURIOUS
  • MENTALLY RESTLESS
  • ENERGETIC

You can learn more about what this site has to say about this card here.


What this Card Means to Me

I’m going to keep saying it with these page cards: they represent the child, the young at heart, and the student. Here the energetic potential of the Ace of Swords has found its way to the hands of this persona.

It’s a young mind discovering the world. It’s a fresh idea taking root. It’s a dream spreading its wings. It’s all this and more within the realm of the mind. It’s exhilarating to experience and behold.

And like with anything else, there’s a reason we’re told not to run with scissors. As with all the other pages, when the gift of an ace is accepted we are presented with the challenges of that suit along with the promise that if we endure to the end we will come out stronger. The gift of the sword is a double edge blade and we must remain mindful of this as we embark this journey.

The key phrase I choose for this card is: PROMISE OF THE MIND.


Music Playlist

In this spirit of all this, these are the songs I have picked out for this card.


The Writing Exercise

This exercise is a free write. Permit yourself to write whatever comes to mind based upon the theme of this card. Choose a keyword or key phrase and run with it to see what you come up with.


I would love it if you linked or pinged back what you wrote so I could see where you went with this.

Happy writing!


Mythic Tarot by Liz Greene (Author), Juliet Sharman-Burke (Author), Tricia Newell (Illustrator) © 1989
Dragon Tarot by Terry Donaldson (Author), Peter Pracownik (Author) © 1996
Universal Tarot by Lo Scarabeo (Author), R. De Angelis (Illustrator), A. E. Waite (Designer) © 2001
Tarot of Dreams by Ciro Marchetti (Author), Lee Bursten (Author) © 2015

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