Andrea has a background in Myers-Briggs and Western astrology. She mostly writes about relationships.
Who Are the Pages?
A Page in tarot often represents a student or young person, and they are commonly considered messengers in tarot. Sometimes they're called Heralds. They serve the royals passively, whereas the knights serve aggressively. Pages have little power and are swayed by the cards around them. In a way, they're like advanced Fool cards.
In the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, the Page of Pentacles is a young man. Bright green grass surrounds him, and flowers are in abundance. Nature in this card is a symbol for spring, youth, and the earth element. If the card is used to indicate a time, it could be interpreted to mean something like: early, soon, in the morning, or at the start of next year.
In the background, there is a group of trees and a freshly plowed field. There is promise of a healthy harvest. This symbolizes that, if the Page continues on his quest, there will be an abundance for him and his community.
The mountain range on the card is symbolic of the challenges the Page will encounter. With perseverance and stamina, he can reach the peaks and gain perspective. He has the right tools and mindset to make it to the top.
The Page holds a gold coin and studies its pattern. He is focused on getting more money, so he (and those he loves) can live comfortably. The earth element is about having your physical needs met and having a healthy relationship with money.
Student, dedication, scholastic alignment, progress, blossoming, earnest, perseverance, good craftsmanship, manifestation, financial opportunity, development.
Aloof, too subtle, lackluster, lack of progress, procrastination, poor performance, held back, no navigable paths, learning from failure, exhaustion, burnout, incompatible environment.
The Earth Element
The earth element in Western astrology is represented by Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn. They're considered hard-working signs that are fixated on present matters. The earth signs are sometimes described as people who are in tune with their senses. They're focused on what they can actually see, touch, taste, hear, and smell.
Earth prioritizes health, wealth, and career. This element plays the long game to create a lasting legacy to help keep later generations alive and thriving. Meanwhile, the Suit of Pentacles in tarot often looks to financial matters and career choices. It can also relate to personal property, housing, education, fertility, family planning, and aging.
The earth element is humble, slow to move, and deliberate. Those who are born under an earth sign are on a mission to survive and thrive.
Physical Manifestation (The Body)
Head, Heart, Thighs
Neck/Throat, Chest, Legs
Arms & Shoulders, Belly, Ankles
Hands, Root Chakra (Spine Base), Feet
Mars, Sun, Jupiter
Mercury, Venus, Saturn
Mercury, Venus, Uranus
Moon, Pluto, Neptune
Yin and Yang
Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces
Upright Page of Pentacles
All Pages represent new beginnings and are also the most humble of the court cards. They're about opportunities, serving others, and taking your time.
The Page of Pentacles is about having new epiphanies in relation to money. This is someone who is gaining insights on how to best manage their funds, their property, and their health. Other people notice this person and can see their potential.
This is someone with earthly wisdom. They understand that with every action we build our character. Your character is your integrity, and your integrity determines your destiny.
The Page of Pentacles is keenly aware of what kind of destiny they desire. They're willing to put in hard work and make sacrifices because they know it will be good for them and their future. Not only that, but the Page knows money is a measure of one's choices. If you can tame your wallet, you will reap the benefits of a prosperous destiny.
A Reminder to Watch Your Spending
Watch the pennies and the dollars will take care of themselves. Watch the minutes and the hours will take care of themselves. The Page of Pentacles is responsible and understands that they need to be disciplined to take care of all they've been entrusted. (If you want people to find you responsible, you must show them through your actions. With time, people can decide whether you're reliable or not.)
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Remember: money isn't the real currency. Time is your real currency, and money is just a metaphor for time. You can always make more money, but you can't gain back time.
You Might Be Embarking on a New Venture
The Page of Pentacles often represents something new in a materialistic way, such as: a new job, a new business, a new home, going to college, or a financial windfall. It's associated with individual gain.
The card often represents a student or a young person. Even though this person is young, you shouldn't dismiss them. They have important things on their mind and can make healthy contributions in the classroom or workplace.
You Have the Power to Manifest
The Page of Pentacles indicates that you do have the power to manifest your dreams into reality. There is something magical about having a vision for what you want. Follow what brings out your passions. Follow your strengths and what moves you. This will help you to create a vision. You are drawn to certain things for a reason.
The earth element is the manifestation of energy. Our desires form in the mind and heart. Earth helps bring out those desires into tangible expressions.
Consider how the earth elements interact with the fire elements before them:
- The head is represented by Aries. Thoughts form in the brain. Taurus rules the neck and throat. Thoughts are manifested and actualized through the voice.
- The heart is represented by Leo. Desire and empathy come from the heart. Virgo rules the chest. The chest gives the heart a place to beat and express itself. Your chest and posture indicate to others how you feel. Consider what you look like when you're full of pride, defeated, curious, or shy.
- The thighs are ruled by Sagittarius. Motion and strength are found in the thighs. Capricorn rules the legs/shins. Capricorn allows Sagittarius to be fully expressed.
The Page represents the initial movements that are needed to get things started. Those impressions are what inspire change. Moments of change include: when you decide what you want to major in college, when you finally get a new job, or when you plant seeds in a field. (From that single moment, everything changes.)
Keep your chin up and look for the next realistic step forward. Be pragmatic, be focused on solutions, and know what you want. Earth signs have the power to be decisive. Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn are all known for their logical decision-making with the goal of longevity.
A Page is an excellent student. He seeks to learn the skills necessary for his long-term success. He is like a character in a video game looking for the right ways to level up.
Reversed Page of Pentacles
In the reversed position, the Page of Pentacles is about uncertainty. You might not be sure how to move forward with what you want. Or perhaps you're trying to figure out what's the best plan of action. You might prefer to keep your plan a secret, so you can help nourish it before it has to stand up to the scrutiny of others.
Maybe you feel that you are putting your idea on hold. To others you might look like you're procrastinating, but know that it's not entirely a bad thing if you receive the Page of Pentacles reversed. You want your ideas to marinate, perhaps for an undetermined amount of time. Trust your gut feelings, and make sure fear isn't standing in your way.
What are some good reasons to hold onto something before telling others about it?
- You may need more time to build your skills.
- You're waiting till you have the necessary funding.
- Other priorities need to be met first.
- You don't have all the right tools yet.
- You may need to get a feel for the people around you. You want the idea to go to the right people who can manage it.
It Might Not Be the Right Time
The Page of Pentacles reversed suggests that you're struggling to get your ideas off the ground. You keep trying to get forward momentum, but you're stuck. Sometimes it's best to put things on pause or to completely walk away from them for a while. Something isn't right, but it might not be you. It could be your timetable.
Your window of opportunity might not be right now. Perhaps the stars haven't quite aligned, or you're not old enough yet. You can't force things to happen before their time. Some earth lessons are simply about patience and letting time do its own thing.
You'll eventually get there, just not now. Not every flower blooms at the same time. Some stars can't be seen until later at night.
You Could Be Struggling With Time Management
On the other hand, the card could suggest you're spending too much time daydreaming, and you're not putting in real effort. You're fascinated by the idea of something, but you don't want to actually put the work and effort into it.
Think of it like this. Just about everyone has had a crush on someone that they didn't want to actually pursue. Maybe you just wanted to like them from a distance. You admire them, you think they're fascinating, but they're not quite what you really want in a relationship. That's where you seem to be with your job or business idea. You've flirted with the idea a little, but it's becoming clear that it's not really the right commitment (or fit) for you.
Take Time to Review the Mishaps
Now is a good time to learn from your past mistakes. Real growth comes from studying your failures, not just patting yourself on the back for your successes. If you want your relationships to grow, you have to look at moments where you interacted poorly. You need to look at yourself in the mirror and address what makes you a bad friend and what you can do to fix that.
In a work sense, you need to address your relationship with money and what's not working. Are you spending too much? Do you buy too many nonessential items? Are your earnings too low? Learn from your experiences and know what experiences you'd prefer not to repeat. For instance, don't take a job just because it's been offered to you. Really think about how much they'll pay you. Don't expect promotions or raises.
Learn to Accept the Good and the Bad
Life will come with thorns. If you throw away the whole flower because of the thorns, then you'll never get to enjoy roses. Know your thorns and not just your petals. You could even use the thorns in a tea.
Whatever you grow in abundance, remember that there will be thorns! It's better to have thorns than an empty field. Stop avoiding life just because of the bad parts. You can manage what scares or threatens you. There are tools you can use to separate the thorns from the petals.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2021 Andrea Lawrence