PAGE OF WANDS
Description: The Page of Wands shows a young man, traveler, or messenger standing in a desert looking at a cane. His gaze is fixed on the top of the stick. The man is wearing yellow clothes with a lizard on it. Attached to his hat is a small red feather, which symbolizes a desire, a passion and a striving that is not yet fully unfolded.
The man’s youth is a symbol of unfolded possibilities. The card symbolizes opportunities and chances. It symbolizes the inner creative diversity and abundance of ideas and inventions. Therefore, the card has to do with beginnings of creative processes and the special care and nourishment needed in a start-up phase.
Interpretation: When you pull the Wands Page, it’s a sign of an incipient deep spiritual passion in terms of unleashing your creativity and expressing it in the world. The card symbolizes that a new idea is sprouting or has sprouted from within you. There is an enthusiasm and faith present towards the ideas because you see their potential.
The map represents the inner part of your dynamic nature, which with great force moves in new directions – or who wants to do so – to experience unlimited and inspired creativity that wants to be expressed.
Other words that describe Page of Wands are: optimism, liberation from anxiety, spring, openness, enthusiasm, freedom, pioneering spirit, joy, new energy and expanded perception.
Astrology: The map is associated with the sign Aries.
Affirmation: I trust my visions. I move forward confidently in life.
Above are four very different versions of The Page of Wands.
Cary-Yale Visconti tarot cards from around the 1420s are mainly designed to be beautiful and shows friends and family. The beautiful old Italian tarot set also has its emphasis on the artistic expression. Marseille tarot cards are simple as they were made so they are suitable for wood printing.
Oswald Wirth diminishes the Christian symbols and instead draws inspiration from the occult, through writings especially by Éliphas Lévi. The occult came from here on to influence how tarot cards were illustrated.
Most famous is the Rider-Waite tarot card with lots of symbolism from Egypt, the Jewish Kabbalah, astrology, alchemy and Freemasonry. When you thus interpret The Page of Wands you have different options. It is advisable to start with the illustrations we have from Rider-Waite as they contain a lot of information in their imagery.