The Page of Pentacles

The Page of Pentacles - Tarot Card from the Rider-Waite Deck

Representing study; the Page of Pentacles represents reflection upon the wealth we have gained with a particular focus on the journey that wealth has taken from inception to completion. The Page of Pentacles is often a sign or prompt to consider what lessons can be learned from our past triumphs and how those can be applied to our future endeavours.

In the upright state the Page of Pentacles focuses specifically on the wealth itself and this journey it has taken, noting the evolution in form and the change in significance that results from this transformation.

In the inverted state however the Page of Pentacles focuses on ourselves and how the journey to obtain that wealth has changed us, the evolution within us, and the significance of this transformation, whether we succeeded in achieving the goals we set out now becomes irrelevant instead we take toll of the journey and count the cost of our endeavours.

In the Rider-Waite deck the Page of Pentacles depicts a young man examining a single gold coin emblazoned with the pentacle symbol; in the lower right in the background the vineyard can be seen in the distance representing the origin of that wealth.

The Page himself is one of the most muscular depictions of a man within the Rider-Waite deck with the implication being the explicit attempt to portray physical strength as the result of the transformative process; the Page’s journey has not been easy and its impact is visible at first sight.

In self-reflection the Page of Pentacles serves as a prompt to consider the skills and abilities that have been learned and put them into practice. The learning process does not end, just as our state of being continues to evolve over time, our understanding must also adapt to the changes we encounter.

This is your opportunity to ask what you have achieved and what you did not; upon reflection you should consider what you would do differently next time around. Ask yourself “What worked out and what did not?” and the somewhat cliché “If I knew then what I knew now, what would I do?” and use your answer to inform and guide your future endeavours. Take particular consideration here of the legacy you want to leave behind.

When we considered the Queen of Swords one of the exercises that we were asked to complete was to write a letter to our younger self telling them what experience we had gained. The same concept applies here but with a focus on the benefit that experience can hold for others.

What we do not wish to die with us we should prepare a means to preserve. In financial and material concerns this could be the creation of a Last Will and Testament, or to pass down what we own through inheritance to others, or to make donations.

Where this relates to the intangible wealth that we have gained, our knowledge and experience, this can be a prompt to document retrospectively anything that we could share, or to compile and publish what we have already documented to show the efforts of our study.

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