A lithe, active figure holds a sword upright in both hands, while in the act of swift walking. He is passing over rugged land, and about his way the clouds are collected wildly. He is alert and lithe, looking this way and that, as if an expected enemy might appear at any moment.--A.E. Waite

The Page of Swords asks you to embrace a difficult situation and meet its challenge. . . . In meeting these challenges, you are encouraged to use the tools of the Swords suit - honesty, reason, integrity, and fortitude. . . . This Page suggests that a problem or dilemma may come your way that will really be an opportunity for growth. . . . The Page of Swords can stand for a child or "young-at-heart" adult whose relationship to you at present involves issues of a Swords nature. Some examples might be truthfulness, ethical behavior, discouragement or matters of the mind. This relationship is also likely to be troubled or difficult in some way in keeping with the challenges of the Swords suit.

The Page of Swords can also represent a mood of intellectual stimulation and excitement. Children are playful and spontaneous, and as a child, the Page of Swords encourages you to have fun with mental activities of all kinds - learning, exploring, and researching. Relax and enjoy the world of thought your mind can open to you.--Joan Bunning

The princess of swords lives by her ideas and principles. She is a "stirrer-upper," an iconoclast. She may not have suffered enough in life to be merciful or tolerant of her elders' little weaknesses and hypocrisies. If dumb complacency sets in, the princess will be the one to uproot it. If there is a cause, the princess will be the firebrand at the lead, or the conspirator behind the scenes.
Because the princess expresses herself in action rather than words, she is a silent type. Her nature tends to draw secrets from people. In friendship, she is a reliable confidant; otherwise, she is an excellent spy or agent provocateur.--Jean Huets

The Princess of Swords represents a fresh intellectual clarity which shakes everything up. She has just demolished the old altar, which explodes, sending clouds of smoke, rubble and ash into the air. When intellectual and spiritual renewal meet the element earth, the altars of old ideals are destroyed, and the smoke will soon settle, leaving room for clarity.
Every change, every inner conflict you experience sends smoke and ash (emotions and moods) flying into the air. But the Princess of Swords does not allow the dust, caused by the destruction of the old and useless, to cloud the clarity of her vision! She uses her sword to sweep away moods and disruptive thoughts which arise. She is resolute and aggressive, dealing well with practical issues, particularly when they include contradictory paradoxical elements.
The Princess of Swords represents an extremely rebellious person who is not to be intimidated either by the established or the sanctified. Because she rebels in the name of clarity, openness and truth, she is prepared to destroy anything repressive, anything which prevents a full experience life, including all moral codes. Her "no" to repression is rooted in a deep "yes" to herself and existence. We can compare her actions to Jesus' throwing the moneylenders out of the temple.--Gerd Ziegler

The Princess of Swords represents the earthy part of Air, the fixation of the volatile. She brings about the materialization of Idea. She represents the influence of Heaven upon Earth. She partakes of the characteristics of Minerva and Artemis, and there is some suggestion of the Valkyrie. She represents to some extent the anger of the Gods, and she appears helmed, with serpent-haired Medusa for her crest. She stands in front of a barren altar as if to avenge its profanation, and she stabs downward with her sword. The heaven and the clouds, which are her home, seem angry.
The character of the Princess is stern and revengeful. Her logic is destructive. She is firm and aggressive, with great practical wisdom and subtlety in material things. She shews great cleverness and dexterity in the management of practical affairs, especially where they are of a controversial nature. She is very adroit in the settlement of controversies.
If ill-dignified, all these qualities are dispersed; she becomes incoherent, and all her gifts tend to combine to form a species of low cunning whose object is unworthy of the means.--Aleister Crowley

The Page of Bats is a spy, and a Halloween mystery is brewing, as storm clouds and bats hover in warning. Undaunted by challenge and eager to prove herself, the intuitive Page sets forth across the rough terrain fully equipped with the necessary spy gear in her bag, and even a pair of X-ray spectacles in her hand.
Driven by her desire to discover the truth, whatever it may be, she is agile, perceptive, careful, and discreet . . . and not afraid to use her X-ray spectacles to see through any mystery at hand. If you have something to hide, you may want to get out of her way. If the Page of Bats is you, more power to you!--Karin Lee

As the earthy part of air, the Princess of Swords is the symbol of earthy, practical learning and the skills that have developed in us through our evolution from the earth.
We learn the ways of the past as children at our parents' feet; as we grow and see how they do things we often find ourselves imitating their ways. In this woman's culture, traditions arise directly from her natural environment. Many times, however, we face new challenges and new problems that our parents never had to face, and we have no tradition to guide us. We then use the amazing adaptive power of the mind and our practical, common sense to guide us.
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When the Princess of Swords appears in your reading, it may indicate a conflict posed by the struggle between tradition and invention. You may want to take a new and individual path, but the patterns of your past are holding you back. This card speaks of the struggle within us for courage to take the future into our hands and to step onto the road with the tools we need, tools from both past and present, to change the outcome of history in any small way that we can.--Alexandra Genetti

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