PRACTICAL; • PROSPEROUS; • TRUSTING; TRUSTWORTHY; • DEPENDABLE; • REALISTIC;
Have an Effect; make your plans real; mold the physical world; use your body; experience nature; achieve tangible results; act on your dreams; get events in motion; take a realistic approach; apply the tools at hand; find a solution that works; use common sense; stop daydreaming; work with what you have; concentrate on what's effective; draw to you what you need; increase your means; grow and expand; enrich yourself; go out to meet success; seek abundance; become secure; accept that the solution is well in hand; have faith in others; accommodate uncertainty; accept others at their word; keep your word; prove yourself dependable; stick by your commitments; establish credibility;
The commentaries are for those wishing to deepen an already well-developed sense of the divinatory meanings given above. Budding and beginner tarotists are urged to concentrate first on using these pages - or, better yet, ROTA - to learn the Key Concept for each card thoroughly before delving into the intricacies of interpretation and occult correspondences.
To avoid initial confusion, please stay at the top of this page until you can say the Key Concept for every card in your sleep! It truly matters little which meaning you decide on for Page of Pentacles provided you do embed the word into your mind by repetition. Our Key Concept of practical is as good as any for the time being. Although in a way this is Higher Education, it is just you and your Unconscious.
This is the unabridged and integral text of Waite's The Pictorial Key to the Tarot (1910) as it pertains to Page of Pentacles. The prefatory and concluding material from the book may be read elsewhere at Tarot Freedom. There is plenty to be gleaned from Waite's sometimes veiled and cryptic observations, provided we apply to them the close reading they deserve.
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.
This overview of the divinatory meanings of all 78 cards of the Tarot was posted to the Usenet newsgroup alt.pagan by Baird Stafford from the end of July to the middle of August 1994.
Baird writes: “I do not mean to limit myself to Waite. Other writers during the course of this century have published insights into the divinatory meanings which complement or expand those given by Waite. Also, the Tarot has been my principal tool for divination for something over a quarter of a century: any summary such as I am attempting will necessarily be filtered through my own experiences with the cards.”
A child or adolescent whose hair and complection are dark *or* the a child or adolescent born under an Earth sign, who is a student: hence, study, scholarship, reflection; also new opinions and ideas. Other readings suggest news, messages and those who bring them.
Dissipation, prodigality; one surrounded by those whose ideas conflict with one's own; dislike of learning, fear of new ideas; also, bad news and the bearer thereof.
Succinct extracts from the now classic treatise by Rachel Pollack, 78 Degrees of Wisdom - A Book of Tarot, as first published in two volumes by the Aquarian Press Ltd in 1980. The book’s subtitle sums up its fulfilled aims: A psychological approach to the Tarot, examining all aspects of the cards - their origins, symbolism and their historical, mythological and esoteric background.
The complete text embraces far more than these much abridged citations relating to Page of Pentacles might suggest, the author’s deeper philosophical and psychological lucubrations, largely omitted here, being among the book’s more engaging features, to say nothing of her disquisition on the reversed meanings. Ms Pollack’s groundbreaking meditation on the cards is an essential adjunct to any serious tarotist’s array of tools.
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In direct contrast to the Knight the Page looks at nothing but his pentacle, holding it lightly in the air. Where the Knight is the prototypical worker the Page represents the student, lost in his studies, fascinated, feeling little concern for anything outside them. Nevertheless he partakes of the suit's practical nature by symbolizing the actual work of the student, the study and scholarship, as compared to the inspiration symbolized by the Page of Cups.
The student here acts as a symbol; the Page need not refer to someone actually in school, but simply anyone approaching any activity with those qualities of fascination, of involvement, of caring less for rewards or social position than for the work itself.
Principal keywords and phrases are drawn from Joan Bunning's exemplary Learn Tarot online course, from Baird Stafford, from A.E. Waite and Aleister Crowley. Others are my own, still others culled from the writings of Internet Tarot experts like Tarot Elements, Tarot Eon, Tarot Teachings, and from influential Tarot books such as Rachel Pollack's classic and definitive 78 Degrees of Wisdom and its ideal companion, Paul Huson's The Devil's Picturebook. This section thus aims toward a synthesis of interpretation from as many sources as possible.
We see emerge from the comparative approach a marked lack of consensus among these various readers, experts, and traditions. How do we reconcile such disparate interpretations?
The overt discrepancies needn't be disconcerting, provided we recognise that the meaning of any given card is something agreed upon between the individual and his or her HGA. Tarot is above all a private language (akin to those sometimes invented by children) tacitly developed to open a channel to other areas of our own being and, by extension, to the Universe at large. None of which is to say that the disparities don't reinforce each other at a deeper level.
It is hardly surprising that published, 'accepted' and 'standard' divinatory meanings more often contradict one another. Ultimately, the signification of the Tarot cannot be codified except on a personal basis. Tarot is simply the way our Higher Selves talk to us. The information conveyed is no less pertinent for the lack of linguistic commonality.
“At the same time, divinations based on intuition and second sight are of little practical value unless they come down from the region of universals to that of particulars; but in proportion as this gift is present in a particular case, the specific meanings recorded by past cartomancists will be disregarded in favour of the personal appreciation of card values.” (A.E. Waite)
The cards mean whatever we decide they should mean. The trick is to impress our meanings upon the Unconscious through repetition and meditation. Our Angels then sort it out, unerringly orating through the private language of Tarot, each card a statement, each symbol a word. They have learned to speak; now we must learn to listen.