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The Page of Wands - Your Tea and Tarot Blog for Today

--Guest post by Hyperion Night, of Beanblossom's Tea and Tarot


The Rider Waite Smith Tarot Card, the Page of Wands

The Page of Wands


Creativity. Inspiration. Potential. Youthful confidence. Free spirit.


My mother called me to my parents house for some garage cleaning. I found an old cardboard box from my teenage days and in it, an early book on Tarot I'd written.


It was terrible. It was a sort of chapbook. I'd sold it at a loss to my friends. Part of me couldn't bear reading the slim book. The other part was fascinated by how far I'd come—both in writing style and my understanding of Tarot.


I put a lot of work into that chapbook, with its thick, black paper cover I'd handbound with a saddle stitch. I used a heavy paper my parents had brought back from Italy at my request. The edges of the cream pages are uneven—the paper was handmade as well in a 13th century paper mill. The soft textured paper even had a heraldric watermark to add an heir of occult history. It was clumsy art, made my a young man who didn't really know what he was doing but was trying hard.


Was it professional? No. Would I let any of my clients read it? Hell no.


But it was a start. And if I hadn't made the leap, if I hadn't had the nerve to put it out into the world, if I hadn't struggled to write my thoughts down—half confused as they were—would I be writing this book today?


This Page stands in a desert scene. Looking off the card, he holds a wand budding with leaves. The symbolism on the Page of Wands is all earth (the metal helmet, the sand dunes) and fire (the yellow and red clothing, the salamanders on his tunic, the red plume on helmet) and youth. Fire speaks to action, passion, and idealism. Earth symbolizes making things manifest— this page is a doer. And youth of course represents the start of things, beginnings, immaturity, naivete. But sometimes we need to just jump in, even if we don't quite know what we're doing. After all, doing is the best way to learn.


Like all court cards, the page can represent a quality within you acting on the situation, a quality you should bring to the situation, or someone else involved in the situation.


Where do you need to bring this Page into your life?

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