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The pages of the court

Some time ago I began an overview of the Tarot de Marseille pips, which can also be seen as playing card pips. This overview shared my way of seeing the pips, how I read them in a spread, and how they interact with other cards. I have also done something similar with The Trumps but in poetry form, which can be found here. I have yet to complete the exploration of the wands or batons suit, that is still forthcoming. Now I begin my survey of the court cards, starting with the knaves, pages.

Briefly, before I dive in, I want to add that the foundation for my view of the pips is heavily influenced by Camelia Elias’s approach, which is as follows:

“Kings: symbols of power; Queens: emblems of truth; Pages: symbols of initiation; Knights: emblems of development.”*

Now, I approach the courts in an oracular fashion, as if they themselves were speaking to me. I begin with the Pages which are the symbols for beginnings, initiation, and innocence (excepting the page of swords).

The Spanish Tarot Marseille Tarot
The Spanish Tarot, published by Fournier, Spain.

Page of Batons:

“I hold an unrefined skill in my hands, searching for someone or something to help me use and refine it. I admit I am slightly clueless. I announce possibilities on the horizon, a message of work on some new endeavor.”

The Spanish Tarot, Marseille Tarot
The Spanish Tarot, published by Fournier, Spain.

Page of Coins:

Haphazardly arrayed in finery, “I hold a coin of potential. I seek gain in all its manifestations, cunning and the desire for knowledge drives me. I am a student, or perhaps a new enterprise.”

The Spanish Tarot, Marseille Tarot
The Spanish Tarot, published by Fournier, Spain.

Page of Swords:

“What others consider cunning have nothing on me. With cape and hat, in subtle raiment, I hold sneaky thoughts disguised. My sword is a tool of power, one I wield maliciously and carelessly, and I wield it unsheathed. I am the hidden that seeks to harm, the shadowy and undisclosed. On occasions I am a message from the dead.”

The Spanish Tarot, Marseille Tarot
The Spanish Tarot, published by Fournier, Spain.

Page of Cups:

“I brim with possibilities, my cup spilling outward. I am youth and vitality, a message of love or a compliment.”

I should reiterate, my entire approach is visual and contextual. What I see, and how what I see speaks of the question at hand. It is interesting to approach divination in this manner as it forces you to be sharp in your seeing and in your words.

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*Marseille Tarot: Towards the Art of Reading, Camelia Elias, Eyecorner Press, January 2015.

 

 

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