Allowing Yourself to Soar with the Page of Swords

You are the Page of Swords, bursting with ideas and thoughts, ready to take flight and soar to great heights of understanding. At the same time, you know that you must start where you are at now. You can’t skip ahead to a time when you know everything, you must first go through the learning process of gaining wisdom, little by little, day by day. Sometimes you will make progress in fits in starts, sometimes you will backtrack, sometimes you will go astray. The Page of Swords calls that a thrill, sees it as the facts of reality, and continues on undaunted, always active mentally and sharping that wit…

Key West, Florida, USA

 

Keywords: mentally active, talkative, communicative, curious, questioning, exploring, acting out thoughts, enthusiastic

Reversed:  unsure of thoughts, doubtful, anxious, worried, uncommunicative, distant, unwilling to learn, shy, reserved

 

The Page of Swords carries is an enthusiastic, vibrant energy of openness to ideas and the willingness to act on those ideas. This card may represent you in the reading, or it could be a person that is influencing your life at this time. The Page of Swords knows how to soar, to pick up on a thought or an idea and take off with it. There is a freshness and a newness to your thoughts at this time that makes you want to just fly away with them and see where they take you. It’s almost guileless and innocent, this quest to figure things out and explore new concepts and constructs. You are willing to allow various updrafts and errant winds to push you hither and thither and can actually enjoy a measure of uncertainty when it comes to a final destination.

You have this conception that you are doing a good job of learning your lessons and can therefore integrate each piece of knowledge you accumulate into your life as you go. Each piece of the puzzle you uncover adds depth of understanding to your life. This process of learning and integrating is challenging but fun for you. As each new idea is fleshed out and processed and analyzed, you come into greater wisdom that you can apply to your life situation. It feels like your life is expanding and you can see a larger part of the whole.

It’s not all clear sailing though, as there are many things left to learn and clouds that will get in your way. You can’t quite see everything you want to see, and this inability to grasp the entire picture can be frustrating. There is a tension of impatience and wanting to get on with it already. The temptation to fly higher than you are ready to is tempting and can get you into situations which are way over your head at this point. It can be difficult to start where you are at, but that is really the only way to learn. There is no shame in not understanding or being able to do something that it has taken your teachers a long time to master. You can be the pupil now, you can let someone else be the master.

The Page of Swords loves to communicate. Now is a great time to write and speak more with the new people you meet. You can also start sharing your new ideas with people you already know, or decide to start communicating differently. Perhaps in the past you haven’t be very forthcoming or articulate when it comes to talking to other people about what is in or on your mind. This could be a great time to shake up that scenario and start to open yourself to sharing. This can also be applied to networking. Oftentimes, we need to get out fresh ideas in front of the right people at the right time. The Page of Swords energy boosts you up to express yourself and start talking up your ideas out in public.

Page of Swords reversed:
When you draw this card in the reversed orientation, it can show that you are feeling a bit closed off from possibility. You may even be falling into the trap of thinking that everything is impossible, you’re stuck, that there is no way forward. When you direct your energy inward with the Page of Swords reversed, you finds fault with logic and ways of thinking. You figure that since you does know one thing, than you can deduce nothing from your situation. When the Page of Swords reversed allows for nothing besides the idea that all thoughts are shallow, unformed, and wrong, you get quite down about the state of your mental affairs. You can’t move forward with the kind of openness and willingness to explore that is in your best interest at this time.

Right now, you think that you need to know more before you can take action. You have too much to learn and are overwhelmed with the process and the mountain of things you need to know before you will be “ready”. You think it’s desirable to stay in your comfort zone of what little you do know, and not take any risks to go out exploring. This is akin to a bird staying on the ground because it has never flown before. Remember that you have wings, remember that your brain is capable of learning so much more, remember that you have to jump and free fall before you can figure out the next step. That is your nature as a human. That is your reality. It’s imperative that you push yourself to try harder when you see the Page of Swords reversed in a reading. Your current mode is to stay safe, but not pushing yourself won’t get you to your goal.

The reversed Page of Swords may be a person in your life that you desperately want to help to take flight. She or he seems so stuck and you’re willing to take those necessary steps in order for her/him to grow. You’ll do the hard work in order to nurture and protect this gentle soul. That’s not how it works, though! Your special person has to do the work, has to make the effort, has to leave the old comfort zone. You can’t grow for someone else. You have to stand back and let that person learn and understand on his/her own terms and in his/her own time.

Tarot Blog Hop: A Tarot Art Project with the Kings

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Welcome to The Willow Path Tarot! If you are following along on the June Tarot Blog Hop, or are a regular reader of this blog, know that today’s blog is a special entry on a topic that many other tarot bloggers are writing about right now as well. The topic is “a tarot art project for non-artists.” We are all finding inspiration in non-tarot related artwork and then creating a tarot card out of that artwork.

This just happens to be something I do every Wednesday at The Willow Path Tarot! I take photos from my personal Instagram feed, which is about my travels and life outside of tarot, and associate those images to a tarot card. Eventually, I plan to print out all these images and make my own tarot deck from my travels. I’m still in the beginning phases of that process, so today I’d like to share with you how things are going with the Kings in this newly developing tarot deck.

King of Cups Gunnison National Forest Colorado, USA

King of Cups
Gunnison National Forest
Colorado, USA

So, in my travel tarot deck, which I’m tentatively calling The Travel Tarot Deck (ahhh, I know, so original!), the Kings are going to be represented by mountains. I’ve chosen mountains to represent the Kings because I associate mountains with stability, security, maturity, and rulership, all personality traits of the Kings in the tarot deck. I chose this one on the left here to be the King of Cups because of the river in the picture, bringing together the Cups which represent water, and the mountains which represent the Kings. The King of Cups is compassion and welcoming, he goes with the flow, much like a river. He brings comfort and kind words, understanding and mediation. The King of Cups is balanced and generous, bringing peace and harmony with his careful demeanor. This river in Colorado definitely gives me that peaceful feeling of the Cups and the mountains add the dimension of the strength of a King.

Sedona, Arizona, USA

King of Wands                                                     Sedona, Arizona, USA

I’ve chosen this rock formation in Arizona to be the King of Wands. The red color of the rocks makes me think of dry, summer heat and the Fire of the Wands. I associate Wands with summer and this card has a summery feel to me. I think this might be a part of or near the rock formation called Devil’s Bridge, and the King of Wands always seems like a bit of a devil to me. He is charismatic, passionate, and tempting. He has the energy of someone who knows what he wants and knows how he can get it. Even so, he is an honorable person, responsible and hard-working, almost tirelessly so. The King of Wands has a vision and a plan to go along with that vision. This range in Sedona prickles with a brittle heat that causes visions to dance before our eyes. The King of Wands understands the visions seen in the fire and can work with it to greatest effect.

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King of Pentacles                                                   Colca Canyon                                        Cabanaconde, Peru

This photo on the left is one I’m thinking about using for the King of Pentacles. There is a deep Earth energy to a canyon, and this photo is of Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyon hikes in the world. It was a long way down, requiring a lot of the strength and determination of a King to finish. The King of Pentacles is in it for the long haul in every aspect of his character. He is practical, calculating, and under control. He is disciplined and powerful. This King is also connected to the abundance of the Earth, offering brute strength like these canyon walls, but also fertile abundance much like the oasis at the bottom which has shade, water, and a place to rest after a difficult effort. I’m not entirely sold on the image because it seems a bit dry and I associate Pentacles with winter so I would like to do something more snowy, but… for now it has got me thinking.

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King of Swords                                                              Red Rock Canyon National Park                               Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

This photo I’m thinking of using for the King of Swords, but am also not completely satisfied with it. That’s ok, though since I’m planning on seeing many more mountains before this deck is finished. 🙂 I like this one for now because there is something dark and brooding about it, which reminds me of the King of Swords. He is the King of logic and reasoning. His powerful intellect understands the concepts of truth and justice. Something about that kind of mental prowess is dark to me. There is a tendency towards black and white thinking, when so often the world is made up of shades of grey. The King of Swords excels at interpreting that grey area, defining it and forcing it back to black and white. The light and dark interplay of the mountains in this photograph remind me of that balance the King of Swords achieves.

Okay, that’s my contribution to the June Tarot Blog Hop!  I hope you enjoyed learning about the Kings in my Travel Tarot Deck and come back to the blog often to see the progress I’m making on my Instagram inspired deck. You can hop back or forward using the links below to see what other everyday picture and photos have been made into tarot cards by my fellow tarot bloggers!

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Jenny Lake Grand Tetons National Park, WY, USA

The Emperor                                                           Jenny Lake, Grand Tetons National Park             Wyoming, USA

Dominating Your Life with The Emperor

The archetype of the The Emperor represents stability. The Emperor is card IV in the tarot. Numerologically, the number 4 is square and stable, reminiscent of a tall, strong mountain. The Emperor is like a solid, heavy stone firmly grounded in the earth, but rising high enough above it to watch over the land below. When The Emperor appears in a reading, he tells you that now is the time to create and cultivate stability, it will come naturally…

 

Jenny Lake Grand Tetons National Park, WY, USA

Jenny Lake
Grand Tetons National Park, Wyoming, USA

Keywords: stability, rulership, authority, accountability, initiative, leadership, structure, father figure, groundedness

Reversed: disorder, disorganized, spacey, ungrounded, undisciplined, lack of leadership, absence of father figure

You can find my meditation experience with The Emperor with Biddy Tarot’s Soul Meditations here. 

 

The archetype of the The Emperor represents stability. The Emperor is card IV in the tarot. Numerologically, the number 4 is square and stable, reminiscent of a tall, strong mountain. The Emperor is like a solid, heavy stone firmly grounded in the earth, but rising high enough above it to watch over the land below. When The Emperor appears in a reading, he tells you that now is the time to create and cultivate stability, it will come naturally.

The Emperor comes after the The Empress in the tarot deck. The Empress represents abundance and fertile creation. Following along on the Fool’s Journey, whatever you gave birth to with The Empress energy is ready to grow, develop strong roots, flourish, and stabilize with Emperor energy. This is a natural progression from idea to fruition. Contemplate what it is that you have developed, gestated, or manifested.  The Emperor will see those things take true and stable form. This is the balance of complimentary feminine and masculine energy.

The Emperor                Rider Waite Smith deck

The Emperor is a ruler and therefore deals with developing and attaining new levels of authority. This can show up in many different ways in your life. For example, if you have been working on a business idea, you will truly start to feel like an authority in that field. Or perhaps you are working on personal development, and will find yourself feeling like a ruler of yourself at this time. When thinking about relationships, you may be moving away from an Empress time colored by the beauty and sensual exploration of a new or long-lasting love, while now you will focus more on firm commitment and the power of a steady long-term relationship.

The energy of The Emperor will allow you be highly organized, strategic, and a problem-solver- all qualities of an ideal ruler. This increased level of domination and authority of The Emperor does bring a sense of power and accomplishment, but also one of strong accountability. It can be wonderful to be in charge and do things your own way.  You get to rule your kingdom, make the rules, and not ask for permission for anything.  Enjoy this power, even as you remember that with great power comes great responsibility (or so I heard in Spiderman ;)).

The Emperor gets to rule the empire, but he does it with the best interests of all his subjects in mind.  Share your wisdom with others, offer guidance, be a grounding force for those around you that need that strong Emperor energy. Note that flexibility is always needed in life, so do not box yourself into a dogged routine.  Regularly check in with yourself and make sure you’re leading in a direction that still corresponds to your overall life goals. You can be a mentor or support system for others now.

The Emperor card is ruled by Aries, which is a cardinal, fire sign. A cardinal sign is a natural leader sign, which is quite obviously represented by The Emperor. Fire signs are born initiators, ready to start new projects, get the ball rolling, and lead the charge. The important thing to remember is follow-through. Aries fire energy can be very good for starting, but not always good for staying the course and finishing. Luckily, the solid and responsible aspects of The Emperor can help you maintain progress and keep up your efforts.  Expect much masculine fire energy now, where you are ready to take charge and establish a structure for all projects or goals you set.  The Emperor is good at decision-making and self-control, which are characteristics that lead to success.

The Emperor reversed:
When The Emperor shows up in reverse in a reading, it’s time to delve into the power structures in your life. Where are you giving away your power? Where are you failing to claim your power? How can you get your power back? Something is blocking you from developing your full strength, and often that block is fear. Fear that you will make the wrong decision, fear that your choices will bring too much responsibility, or fear that you will fail. The Emperor in reverse gives you the advice to examine your fear and decide how to get your power back.

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The Emperor rx Shadowscapes tarot

It isn’t easy to accept responsibility and control of life. So often we choose to let matters run their course, leave the ball in someone else’s court, or surrender to the whims of the Universe in defeat or withdrawal. It is hard to know if something is just not meant to be or if we are not working hard enough to claim what we desire. The Emperor reversed asks you to at least check in with yourself and make sure you aren’t giving up the fight because you are scared, or tired, or facing setbacks.

Sometimes life is just full of obstacles and everything sucks. That doesn’t mean you need to give up on your business idea, or your relationship, or whatever is giving you grief these days. It will be worth it to push through. Do something! The Emperor is about action, domination and rulership, remember. She doesn’t take shit or sit on her hands and worry. She knows she has to act now, to make a decision, to use her head and be logical and just.

So gather your scattered thoughts. Put thing in order. Give yourself goals and structure. Ground yourself in the physical world. Imagine you are a mountain in your own life. You are the tallest thing around and you survey your kingdom with a scrutinizing eye. Get aggressive on your fear, confronting it, challenging it, dealing with it, and living with it. With The Emperor reversed you have a clear sign of what you need to do: get grounded and stable, make a plan and a structure, act decisively and rationally, and then claim your power. You can be the ruler of your own life.