Page of Swords Tarot Card Meanings

Page of Swords Tarot Card Meanings

What does the Page of Swords card mean in a Tarot Reading?

The Page of Swords is a dynamic, strong card. It is not negative in itself, but it can predict some unpleasant events, possible conflicts. It also often symbolizes the positive aspects and energy of a person.
The Page of Swords personifies a person that is playing friendship, and also predicts bad news.
The Page of Swords, just like other Pages, personifies a certain chance or opportunity that opens up to us, an external driving impulse. The Page of the suit of Swords, thus, often means clarification, clarification of the situation, a kind of fresh stream, thanks to which the true meaning of what is happening suddenly opens up to us, and even the most confusing matter becomes simple and understandable. Most often, however, this occurs through conflict, scandal, or harsh conversation that the Page of Swords may indicate. Therefore, it should be taken as a warning, prepare for the inevitable fight or not delay it, so that the conflict will finally serve to clarify the essence of the matter.
The Page of Swords is a boy, still completely carefree, not knowing how many problems the life is fraught with. But he already guesses about this, and he is frightened by the need to make decisions himself. However, it will pass. It is only important that he does not remain in this position forever, accustomed to shifting responsibility onto others.

Goal: objectivity and understanding
Element: Earth – Air
Planet: Mercury, Mars
Astrological sign: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius


A young man with a sword in his hand stands in indecision. He holds his sword like a toy. Clouds pile up in the sky, birds rush. The drawing conveys very well the element of air and the energy of the Arcana, which means movement, change, determination.
(For a detailed depiction, analysis of the Symbols and all Elements of the Page of Swords Tarot Card, click here)

The Main Meanings of the Card In an Upright Position

Key Words and Phrases

Strong will. Sharp mind. Insight. Exciting change. Forced or harsh communication. Curiosity. Stimulus to mental activity. Travel. Important information. Logics. Honesty. Determination. Discretion. Caution. Constructive criticism. Espionage. Diplomacy. Good business sense.

Page of Swords Tarot

Agility. Flexibility. Responsiveness. Ability to handle delicate business. Protection. Delay in implementation of the plan. Phone call. Message. An important document. Contract or agreement. Summons to law enforcement agencies. Professional advice. The rudiments of abstract thinking. News about a conflict, illness, or dispute. Bad news. A message promising a change. Speak as it is. Call a spade a spade. Whoever doubts has lost.

The main meanings of the card in an upright position

a soft showdown, a peaceful solution to the problem;
authority and vigilance;
a hectic period in personal relationships;
the time to go forward;
chance, opportunity;
clarification, explanation of the situation;
conflict, scandal;
unfair reprimand from the authorities;
a sense of danger in connection with a risky task;
Beginning of the End;
conflict with a partner;
cooling to each other;
strengthening of the alliance because of the conflict;
the desire to take on a lot of things at the same time;
rumors and gossip;
change, fitness;
as a rule, an indication of an intelligent, smart young person;
a malicious, treacherous young man or woman;
a person who will harm (or try to harm) the questioner out of envy or anger;
espionage, secret mission, authority;
an intelligent young man (boy or girl), ready to come to your aid;
the need to be alert, attentive;
intrigues, envy, intrigues of enemies.

Page of Swords. Witchcraft Tarot by Ellen Dugan
Witchcraft Tarot by Ellen Dugan

Situation and Advice

Positive meaning:
You will be able to use your talents in a situation where it will be required to have caution, the ability to quickly analyze the moment and make a decision. Your dispassionate rationality can save the day. You may need to contact a professional counselor for help in order to make a decision. Weigh carefully the pros and cons before signing the contract. Think about what you are doing now and calculate what the results of your activity will be. The danger of the current moment is that you are trying to take on several tasks at the same time, but many of them remain unfinished.

Negative meaning:
Now you are surrounded by rumors and gossip, and someone is enthusiastically engaged in spreading them. You may be the target of harsh verbal abuse. You may be upset by the behavior of a young person. In the near future, get ready to receive bad news. Your plans may be delayed. You may not fully understand the importance of the contract you are about to sign. You are too preoccupied with a deteriorating relationship and arguments with some young man. Someone whom you considered a friend may turn out to be your enemy.

Persons designated by Upright Page of Swords Tarot Сard

Spies. Young people matured early. Smart kids. Smart and energetic people. Those who negotiate. Mediators. People who are capable of solving problems in a rational and dispassionate manner. People who know how to defend themselves. Those who think quickly and find many ways to solve the problem. Calculated people who are looking for benefits in everything and do not pay attention to the feelings of others. Diplomatic young people. Professional consultants. People endowed with physical and mental agility. Sociable people. Scientists. Mathematicians. Linguists. Aviators. Travelers.

The Main Meanings of the Card In a Reversed Position

Key Words and Phrases

Gossip. Insult with words. Suspicion. Insidiousness. Espionage. Intervention. Blackmail. Problems. Poor health. Slight malaise. Deception. Misunderstanding. Slipshod work. Sarcasm. Cynicism. Sharp tongue. Resentment. Trial. Spitting in the back. Cruelty. Militancy. Indecent behavior. Voyeurism. Unexpected behavior. Unpredictability. Bad news. Unforeseen events that disrupt plans.

The main meanings of the card in a reversed position

pettiness, quarrels, insults up to a break in relations;
unpleasant news in your opinion in the future;
vindictive narrow-minded person;
amazing, surprising, unexpected;
act and speak without preparation;
compose and pronounce suddenly;
cunning, secret machinations, adaptability;
an unrestrained and tactless person;
loss of vigilance, twilight state of mind, illness;
a dangerous person – cunning, insincere, intriguing;
enemies, envious people, intrigues;
changing the situation for the worse;
the need to defend and be vigilant.

Situation and Advice

Someone uses dirty methods to collect and disseminate information about you. Perhaps you are being spied on or acting against you. Unexpected problems may arise.

Page of Swords. Black Grimoire Tarot
Black Grimoire Tarot

You may receive a promise that will later be broken. Read any agreement carefully before signing it. Misunderstanding may arise.

Persons designated by the Reversed Page of Swords Tarot Сard

Not very smart people. Tongue-tied. People bowing to someone else’s authority.

In the Spreads

It is rather difficult to single out any one main meaning of the card. It is very important to look at the other Arcana of the alignment. The Page of Swords can predict significant changes in different spheres of life or moral values ​​of the querent, the beginning of new projects and cooperation, willingness to take action, self-confidence, the need to show intelligence, caution in dealing with people.
The meanings ​​of the upright and reversed card are similar. However, sometimes the complexity of its interpretation arises due to the multiplicity of meanings. Therefore, it is important to make out the meaning of the Page based on its position and the scope of the issue.

In an Upright Position

The Page of Swords of the Tarot represents an energetic, sharp-witted and self-confident young man with a sharp analytical mind that allows him to quickly delve into the essence of the matter. Therefore, he is indispensable in negotiations, especially if dexterity and prudence are needed. Situationally, the card speaks of upcoming changes. The client will need to make quick and responsible decisions.
If you got the Page of Swords in the upright form, then you should be careful, tune in to possible changes at work or in relationships. There is a risk of being deceived by the people around you or by the biased perception of reality.
The Page of Swords in an upright position means clarification, clarification of the situation, a kind of fresh stream, thanks to which the true meaning of what is happening suddenly opens, and even the most confusing matter becomes simple and understandable. Most often, however, this happens through conflict, scandal, or sharp conversation. Therefore, the card should be taken as a warning, advice to prepare for the inevitable conflict, or not to delay its beginning, so that it finally serves to clarify the essence of the matter.
It is not always a bad sign. If the Page of Swords of the Tarot appears in the spread, the value of the card can be favorable, because it has positive traits, such as activity and mobility. He will not sit helplessly with folded hands. He always has information, looks for options, thinks how to solve a problematic issue, how to achieve his goal. If necessary, he will find helpers and will do everything to clarify the situation, often through a conflict.
When the Page of Swords is combined with positive cards, the effect of fresh air occurs. Everything becomes simple and clear, even the most confusing situations become clear. Time to think, turn on your head. A favorable period to analyze your actions, record your results. It is important to notice them.
In addition, the Tarot card Page of Swords in the spread can indicate that your enemies are awake. It has not come to an open confrontation yet, but you should be on the lookout to react in time to any attacks.
Secret intrigues of competitors, intrigues, gossip and rumors directed against you, cunning machinations – the Page of Swords of Tarot can warn you about all this, urging you not to lose your vigilance. However, the card also says that you are full of strength and determination to move forward. This means that, despite the intrigues of your opponents, your plans have every chance of being realized.
If this card does not represent a certain person, then beware of envious eyes, angry gossip, bad news, future or already received. An indication of the disease is also possible.
In the upright position, the Page of Swords Tarot can denote a young man or a girl who is ready to support the querent by taking his side during the attacks of competitors or enemies.
The Page of Swords of the Tarot means that there is a person next to you who cannot be trusted, he is spying on you and eavesdropping on you, can betray. It will be difficult for you to find out exactly who the card pointed to. But there are hostile intentions in your direction, and a conflict is brewing.

In a Reversed Position:

The reversed Page of Tarot Swords means a cunning, insincere person prone to revenge, with which he compensates for his own inferiority and shortcomings. Deception, which is only hinted at by the upright card, is evident here, and the querent needs to take measures to protect it.
If you are not an enemy to the Page of Swords, he will be able to make you an enemy, whether you know it or not (or will do something that guarantees enmity).
The reversed Page of Swords, like the upright one, also warns of possible unpleasant situations. You may be prevented from implementing your plans, and sudden problems will appear. However, you still have time to prepare for any development of events.
In a reversed position, the Page of Swords can predict unpleasant news or a circumstance that will change or disrupt plans. However, the trouble is likely to be transient or insignificant, because in this case there is no need to talk about serious and long-term problems.
Bad intentions, bad news. All this can arise at the most unexpected moment and from the most unexpected place.

Page of Swords. Tarot by Alphonse Mucha
Tarot by Alphonse Mucha

In a reversed position, the Page of Swords Tarot card can denote a person from the environment of the querent (a young man or a girl) who is hatching insidious plans against him. In addition, the card can symbolize any of your enemies or opponents, the existence of which you may not even know, and who are able to confuse your plans at the most inopportune moment.
In any case, the presence of the Page of Swords in your spread suggests that in addition to undercover gossip and intrigue, you mus be readyt at any time for open confrontation and the need to defend your interests. Double, or rather triple, your vigilance: in the near future, events may develop rapidly, and not at all the way you might expect.
Reversed Page of Swords entails obstacles in business, cunning tricks. Misunderstanding of information. Conflicts, swearing, insults, unpleasant debates, surprise attacks.
This card may indicate possible problems with the law, but this is not a planned crime or the implementation of a cunning plan, but a ridiculous drunk driving, speeding and resisting the authorities. Thus, it tries to get his dose of attention from indifferent humanity.
If the upright Page of Swords can cope with his childhood traumas and with their consequences, then the reversed one is entangled by his complexes, like a cobweb, and is not able to control himself. He asserts himself only through humiliation of others, hurting them. So he frees himself from his experiences, looking from the outside, how others suffer. Improvisation, suddenness, unexpectedness are characteristic of him.
The reversed Page of Swords teases, makes fun of, hurts. He has his own attractiveness, which he loses due to such an attitude towards others, and he is not loved. The only way to attract attention to himself, to somehow declare himself, for him is gossip, complaints, violation of laws. He has not yet understood the meaning of diplomacy and patience for himself.

In the Spreads for Different situation

In an Upright Position:
In divination for a specific situation, Arcana means that in order to successfully obtain the desired result, it is necessary to clearly understand the current state of affairs, be able to analyze, and correctly process information. Use your wits and composure.
In a Reversed Position:
Be careful. There is a risk that someone is cheating you or spreading false information. The use of dirty actions against you is possible. Be carefull.

In the Spreads for Relationship

In an Upright Position:
In love, indicates relationship problems. It can be quarrels, jealousy, negative emotions, a desire to control a partner, etc. This is not a sentence. The Arcana often means the need to talk more with each other, to solve problems together.
The Page of Swords can also mean the opportunity to re-strengthen the alliance through a cleansing conflict.
In a Reversed Position:
The meaning in relationships is almost the same as in upright position. These are also conflicts, selfishness, quarrels over trifles and “pulling the blanket over yourself”. You should work on relationships, communicate more and listen to your partner if you don’t want to break up.
In the reversed position, the Page of Swords is interpreted as a relationship built on sarcasm, deception and mutual misunderstanding. The card warns of the possible deceit of a partner.

In the Spreads for Money

In an Upright Position:
The financial situation is good enough. There may be good chances to make money.
In a Reversed Position:
Be careful with your finances. There is a risk of fraud and loss of money.

In the Spreads for Career

In an Upright Position:
Here it advises to show the mind, logic as much as possible, think well of all the possible outcomes of your actions. If necessary, take a chance and use any methods to achieve the goal.
Having received an upright card of the Page of Swords in fortune-telling or a spread, the querent will have to prepare for conflicts, showdowns, tension, possibly for sharp polemics. The card can mean an unfair reprimand from superiors, and the emergence of rivalry between colleagues, or disagreements with business partners, predict significant financial losses.
In a Reversed Position:
Appearing upside down, the Page of Swords signifies an attempt to use dirty methods, intrigue and gossip in the work. It can be non-fulfillment of obligations assumed, evasion from fulfillment of promises and agreements. Also, the card advises to carefully study the documents before signing them, and not trust everything that is said.
The meaning of the Tarot card The Page of Swords in work matters warns against the use of dishonest or cruel methods of getting what you want. Consider more humane ways to solve problems.

In the Spreads for Health

In an Upright Position:
On health issues, the Page of Swords warns of problems with the nervous and cardiovascular system. You should be more careful with yourself.
Latent diseases, difficult disease diagnosis.
In a Reversed Position:
May indicate a lack of energy, weakness, malaise, depression. You need to rest and recover.
Childhood diseases, gallbladder diseases are possible.

Answer to Yes / No Tarot Spreads

In an Upright Position:
In a Reversed Position:

Self-Development Lesson

After going through a period of doubt and self-esteem, you are now ready to act. This card says that you are ready to part with past illusions, get rid of glamors and are able to start from scratch.

Page of Swords. Tarot of the Holy Grail by Lorenzo Tesio, Stefano Palumbo
Tarot of the Holy Grail by Lorenzo Tesio, Stefano Palumbo

Type of person in an upright position:

The card usually indicates a male (sometimes female) child or adolescent. Small, thin, small facial features. The hair is light brown, dark brown or black. The eyes are brown, rarely gray or blue.
For the questioner, the Page of Swords (like any other Page in the Tarot) in the spread can mean a younger relative – a brother or sister, nephew, grandson or the questioner’s own child.
If we are talking about an adult, it’s a person who himself is looking for like-minded people, if a useful idea has planted in his head. Unlike the Page of Wands, which quickly lights up with ideas, but quickly cools down to them, or the Page of Cups, which always hovers in the clouds and is not able to implement any of them without help from the outside, the Page of Swords can bring an idea to a result even alone. If at the moment he does not have the necessary resources for this, he will throw a cry and convey to those around him the importance of its implementation. This is how authority, organizational skills, and striving to achieve a goal are manifested inherent in the Suit of Swords.
Alcohol should be avoided by the Pages of Swords more than other Pages in the Tarot deck, as it enhances the natural aggression of Swords.

Type of person in a reversed position:

Orphan soul. Formation of negative character traits in a small child in the absence of proper control. Accumulated anger, humiliation, a sense of hostility from the surrounding world. If we are talking about an adult, it’s a person who sees a speck in someone else’s eye, does not notice a log in his own. Petty, grumpy, constantly criticizing everyone. Master of foul language.

Arcana’s warning

Avoid conflicts, clashes with people. Assess the situation objectively before acting.

Final Advice of Arcana

Act decisively, clearly and thoughtfully. Check the information received.

In an Upright Position:
Avoid Lying! The deception, if it took place, will certainly be revealed. Be careful, do not hesitate to seem annoying and stubborn when it comes to learning something new and fundamentally important to you.
In a Reversed Position:
Protect health, both physical and mental. Excessive curiosity has not led anyone to good outcome.


A very young man or woman who has not yet reached maturity, but otherwise has all the qualities of figure cards. The Page of Swords of the Tarot does not have the power and authority of other suit cards, but it can be just as unpleasant: he has all the makings of an overly curious, malicious and malevolent personality.
As his symbolic parents and as a Knight, the Page of Swords can be attractive in its own way – lively, confident, active. But this young man is a master of innuendo, behind-the-scenes intrigue and stinging remarks.
Page is a person who joined the authorities in the hope of merging with them or pretending to be associated with them. He (or she) can feign friendship as long as it is in his or her interests. As a partner in any enterprise, he will let the questioner down, either on purpose or out of carelessness and laziness. If the Page of Swords Tarot card does not personify a person, then be prepared for bad news, evil gossip, betrayal and treachery.


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  1. The Page of Swords in my reading often means emptiness or an official message. It all depends on the environment and the question. Well, to the question of yes or no, if it falls out… then nothing will come of it; emptiness.

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