Suit: Suit of Pentacles
Card Type: Minor Arcana
In this article Page of Pentacles Symbols, I refer to the Page of Pentacles card from the Rider Waite Tarot deck, also known as the Waite-Smith, or Rider-Waite-Smith, or Rider tarot deck. The Thoth Tarot deck name for this card is Princess of Disks.
The symbolism found on this card is primarily drawn from metaphysics and western occultism.
Page of Pentacles: Key Symbols
Red hat, talisman, plowed fields, mountains, yellow sky, trees
Page of Pentacles imagery: symbol meanings, mythological allegories and myths.
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What is The Page of Pentacles Wearing?
An androgynous figure stands, holding a pentacle at eye level engaged in an act of deep contemplation. He is dressed in a fashionable costume with a red roundlet hat (type of turban) from the 15th century. He could be a character in a Shakespearean play.
Nearly all of the court cards in the Rider Waite deck are representations of Victorian and Edwardian actors in costume, and reflect Pamela Coleman-Smith’s background in theater. The pose of this Page, balanced on one foot, resembles a cabinet card, a type of photographic postcard of actors and famous people which were popular in the Victorian era.
Waite writes that the Page looks “intently at the pentacle which hovers over his raised hands”. The Pentacle is sometimes considered a crystal ball which predicts the future or a talisman which has magical powers and attracts good luck.
What is The Meaning of The Simple Landscape in The Page of Pentacles?
The Page stands on a field with flowers, in the background lies a plowed field, trees and mountain. This simple landscape of rich farmland reflects the Page’s potential for growth. There is no ambiguity or distraction here. The Pentacle he holds is like a seed, representing an offer or idea he is thinking about pursuing (planting).
Plowed fields remind us that we reap what we sew. We must keep in mind that what we do today will affect future outcomes.
Waite mentions that the Page “moves slowly”, which connects this card to the passage of time. It takes time for crops to grow, much like it takes time for our plans to come to fruition.
The artist Colman-Smith, set many of the Pip cards within this deck in nature. She believed that Spirit is embedded in nature, and the divine could communicate with us through nature. She grew up in household where her grandparents were much involved in nature poetry and Swedenborgian mysticism.
⭐A plowed field also appears here: Knight of Pentacles Symbols and Ten of Wands Symbols
In Tarot, mountains represent obstacles to overcome in the future. When in the future, depends on how far away the mountains are in the distance. The further away, the further away the problems.
In the Page of Pentacles, the mountains are about mid-way in the landscape, but are not especially high to climb. This suggests that problems will occur at some stage, but they are quite manageable.
⭐Mountains appear in at least 25 cards in the Rider Waite deck. Here are a few more examples: Temperance, The Hermit and Eight of Cups
What is The Meaning of The Yellow Sky in The Page of Pentacles?
A yellow sky appears in all the court cards in the pentacles suit. Yellow is associated with sunshine, and warm nurturing energy.
Yellow is also connected to the solar plexus chakra, our center of hope, optimism and inspiration. It corresponds to the element Air and is often used in Tarot to represent intellect and the spiritual mind.
⭐A yellow sky also appears here: The Fool, Strength, Chariot, Empress, Magician, 7 of Swords, 3 of Wands, 4 of Wands, 9 of Cups
What is The Symbolism of The Trees in The Page of Pentacles?
The meaning of trees in Tarot is taken primarily from mythology and religious text. They can represent the tree in the Garden of Eden, the Tree of Life in Kabbalah and the tree called Yggdrasil in Norse mythology. Trees are used to symbolize life, growth, wisdom, regeneration and prosperity.
The more trees in a Tarot card, the more ‘life’ and ‘prosperity’ is indicated. In the Page of Pentacles, we see a cluster of trees in the distance, a dream not yet realized but still clearly visible on the horizon.
⭐Trees appear in 23 cards, including: The Empress, The Lovers, The Hanged Man, The Star, The Tower
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