For today’s card, the Page of Pentacles, I’m going to hone in on the first chosen divinatory meaning by A.E. Waite, i.e. application. Of course, here we are not putting about application in the sense of putting in a formal request but rather…
“the action of putting something into operation”
This is what A.E. Waite says about the Page of Pentacles in the Pictorial Key to the Tarot:
A youthful figure, looking intently at the pentacle which hovers over his raised hands. He moves slowly, insensible of that which is about him. Divinatory Meanings: Application, study, scholarship, reflection another reading says news, messages and the bringer thereof; also rule, management. Reversed: Prodigality, dissipation, liberality, luxury; unfavourable news.
It can be tricky to read any of the court cards as advice for the day ahead and the Pages are arguably the trickiest out of the lot. Let’s say you don’t have children, you’re not currently studying anything and you are not expecting any significant messages for the day ahead… then what? Well, with the Page of Pentacles, you are being called on to really apply yourself to your work and/or study.
The Page of Pentacles is your reminder that you were put here Earth to make the most of your experience in the material realm and to learn as much as possible about the ‘so below.’ There is a great mystery in creation that helps us tap the wisdom of the ‘as above’ when we are willing to apply ourselves to the study of the physical realm. We don’t even have to be particularly mindful of esoteric concepts to realise that. For instance, watching a well researched TV show like Blue Planet, which explores the mysteries of the oceans, easily puts us in a spiritual and more caring frame of mind.
The Pages (all of them) are also great reminders that we don’t have to know it all or come across as experts. It’s OK to humble ourselves and be the student… It’s OK to keep learning and to keep asking questions. The Page of Pentacles in the Giant Rider Waite Tarot deck is wearing orange on his feet and legs. This means that he is guided by creative passion on his journey. It is this passion for learning what makes things tick in the earthly realm that drives him on and motivates him.
The energy I associate most with the Page of Pentacles is that thirst for learning that made me skip primary school one day… to go to the library and learn about the things that truly interested me. Of course, I got in trouble and skipping school is perhaps more of a Page of Wands sort of thing to do but the driving force behind it was a passion for learning. Clearly, I felt better able to follow my passion outside a traditional school setting.
A couple of years later I transferred to a Montessori school and there I was much happier, since I could indulge and follow the guidance of my curiousity, which IMHO is how all true learning happens. Stuffing reluctant kids with boring facts is a waste of time, if you ask me.
In the Frideborg Tarot, the Page of Pentacles is lost in a book that teaches him something new about how the world works. This will be beneficial to him at some point when he encounters what he is studying in the real world. He has almost no experience of the world but he realises that everything matters somehow.
In the Spirit Keeper’s Tarot, the Page of Pentacles is known as the Stronghold of the Vale and is seen as a spirit/guardian that you can invoke for divine guidance about business and money matters. All the Pages/Strongholds in the Spirit Keeper’s Tarot are divine messengers and can be petitioned to perform miracles in their respective realms. In a reading, if you pull a Page, Benebell Wen recommends pulling an additional card for the divine message they carry.
For today, my message from the Stronghold of the Vale is the Two of Orbs/Pentacles (The Nocturne), which means I need to map out my domain and decided in which direction to expand when it comes to my business. Useful additional information indeed!
Feel free to pull a message card from the Page of Pentacles and share in the comments to see where you need to apply yourself today.Apply yourself both now and in the next life. Without effort, you cannot be prosperous. Though the land be good, You cannot have an abundant crop without cultivation. ~ Plato Click To Tweet
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