The Page of Pentacles

                The Page of Pentacles – The Apprentice       

Page of Pentacles Upright

Earth SignsTaurus, Virgo, Capricorn

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Personality Profile 

The Page of Pentacles is of The Earth Element, but is also influenced by the Air Element. Earth the Zodiac Signs of Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn. This Page can can suggest any of the Earth Signs.

Pages represent the Airy Part of the Court Cards regardless of their Suit Element. Therefore The Page of Pentacles represents the Airy Part of Earth. The Pentacles governing Element is Earth, but because this is a Page, he is also influenced by the Element of Air.  Air is connected to the Swords Suit who apply their mentality, by means of logic and reason, to deal with situations via thoughts, ideas, concepts and beliefs. Therefore in the Page of Pentacles we have Air influencing Earth; thoughts influencing practicality, drive and realistic ambition.

Air is a Masculine Energy while Earth is Feminine. This allows for suitable balance.  Both Air and Earth are quite serious Elements, and we can see this reflected in their respective Court Families outlook, attitude and behaviour. We are now dealing with the Page of Pentacles,Earth; solid, practical, sturdy, reliable and productive. However, he is also under the influence of the Element of Air,  thoughts, ideas, plans, logic, reason, intelligence.  When we put these two Elements together, we have a very powerful influence with immense potential.  Admittedly, any of The Pages would need the influence of all The Elements to unleash their full force and true potential, but at present we will look at Air and Earth working together as they help shape and form the personality of this young Page. We shall discover the advantages and disadvantages of working exclusively with each other.

We have been brought to meet The Page of Pentacles today. He was very recently presented with his Elemental Gift from Spirit along with all the other Pages.  Each have a journey to embark on, but before they do, we are being allowed to meet up with the individual Pages so that we can get to know them.  They are all young and only starting out in life, so we are very privileged to get a chance to meet up with them while they are still unformed, idealistic and full of excitement and enthusiasm for the road ahead.

So today, he we are just about to arrive at our destination.  The group is small as The Page of Pentacles had specified that he did not want a fuss made about him. It appears he had felt quite embarrassed about all the attention he was getting. I am interested already, because the other three Pages had enjoyed their time in the spotlight. I also wanted to discover what this Page had that the rest hadn’t?

We have been travelling for some time through lush green countryside, up hills, down through valleys and have passed dense forest and woodland.  In fields on both sides of the road, cows and sheep graze lazily in their fields while horses run wild and free through their meadows, kicking up their heels and calling out to each other.  We were deep in the heart of the countryside now and I could feel myself becoming more and more relaxed as I took in the scenes through my window seat. The bus turned off the main road and slowed again to make a difficult turn down a narrow lane way that had a line of grass growing down the centre of it. It obviously did not get a lot of traffic.  The bus came to a stop beside a low dry stone wall that appeared well worn from age and the elements. Gathering our belongings we marched off the bus and descended into the fresh country air. ‘Just breathe in that’ I heard someone say, and we all stopped to inhale the strong pungent air of the countryside.  There was a light breeze but the sky was brilliantly clear and the sun shone down on us.  I must say, the countryside looked spectacular and I felt light-hearted and free.

We were all led down a small pathway by the stone wall, which grew taller and sturdier as we approached two large, but crumbling pillars, on which hung an old rusted and slightly bent gate.  We had all come suitably attired to meet The Page of Pentacles. We had been instructed to dress casually, and to wear wellies or strong sturdy boots. We were advised to bring a couple of extra sweaters in case anyone was chilly, a hat, and also a raincoat.  We were told to leave umbrellas at home because they might frighten the horses.  It was all very curious and I for one was delighted not to have to dress up.  We all felt extremely comfortable in our country casuals and solid study walking shoes as we made our way through the gate and into a field with long meadow grass that stretched off into the distance. We were following the Leader who seemed to know where he was going.

The Field appeared quite overgrown and was rutted in places, making the going rough at times.  However, there was a well worn path that ran from one side of the field to the other.  Someone obviously came here very regularly, and I wondered who it might be? A farmer perhaps, checking on livestock? Hill-Walkers?  The fields were bordered by thick dense hedging, that was dotted here and there with blobs of white and pink blossom.  When we reached the big strong hedges we were led through a narrow gap into another field.  The landscape here was slightly different.  In the background we could see the distant hills that our bus had taken us across. This field was sloped, with dips and drops here and there.  It also was home to a group of tall mature trees that sat atop the furthermost slope in the field. As we sauntered along, we talked among us, pointing out the pretty red and yellow wild flowers that grew in abundance.  Everyone agreed that the yellow flowers were buttercups but we were undecided about the little red ones.  They were so sweet and it was really nice to see them allowed to grow wild and free.

As we looked further across the field, we saw a figure walking towards us.  He was quite far away from us but he appeared to be coming away from a small area of the field that had been ploughed. The Leader got excited and turned to tell us that it was The Page of Pentacles coming to greet us.  We all fell back a bit and waited.  The Page saw us hesitate, but lifted his arm and waved us to keep coming. So we did.  As we crossed the land, we could see that there was certainly a lot of it.  We took pot guesses at acreage, but gave up as none of us had a clue. The figure who had waved to us came into better focus as we got closer and closer.  I could see that he was smiling and looked laid back and relaxed.

The Leader became more formal now and drew us all into a semi-circle just in front of the young man who was still smiling at us.  ‘Ladies and Gentlemen, I would like to introduce you to this fine young man, the bearer of his Elemental Gift from Earth, The Page of Pentacles’.  We all applauded and the poor young man looked embarrassed as he waved his hands at us begging us to stop. The Leader went to have a few private words with The Page, allowing us time to observe and take him in ourselves.

Here stood a solid, handsome and strong young man.  His thick luxuriant hair was dark and his skin had a healthy glow and slight tan. Indeed, his nose and cheeks looked slightly sunburnt. This young man was muscled and sturdy with not a sign of any unwanted weight on his body.  His hands were square and large, and even from here I could see that they were grass and mud-stained.  Whatever had he been up to I thought? His clothing was simple, yet I could tell by the way the fabric moved on his jerkin that it was of fine quality indeed.  It was a deep shade of green, and together with his soft brown top, trousers, belt and boots, he almost blended into his surrounding and environment.  This was a man of the land who bought and wore clothes that were suitable and appropriate for being on the land and working it.  Looking at his matching brown hat and scarf, I had an idea that they may only be for our benefit, and the day that was in it.  I couldn’t imagine him having much use for it otherwise, although it was there if ever he had to attend any other fancy occasions.  He looked splendid indeed, and as he spoke to the Leader, I saw he listened intently to him and seemed very relaxed. They appeared to be deep in conversation and I strained my ears to hear what was so interesting.  The young Page was pointing back towards the ploughed section and seemed to be describing something to the Leader.

The Page suddenly caught me staring and I turned away embarrassed at being caught doing something so silly.  ‘Pardon me, Pardon me, everyone, I am so sorry for not speaking to you sooner, but it was his fault, he got me talking about my favourite subject’, laughing he points back to the red-faced Leader who is happy to share his joke. ‘Hands up, yes, it was all my fault’ the Leader laughingly apologises and bows to us all. So, my good Ladies and Gentlemen, I hear you have travelled all this way today to meet me, get to know me, and hear all my plans for the future, is that not so? ‘ Another round of applause and we all move forward, eager to listen, excited about what this young Page is going to tell us.

The Page speaks.  ‘I have a story to tell you’.  The Page scans the crowd, conscientious about including everyone in his speech. He wants all to feel as if he is speaking directly to them, and that what he has to say, is also of relevance to them. He waits until he has everyone’s undivided attention before he utters another word.

‘You may wonder why I have dragged you all the way to meet me just so that you can stand in the middle of a field,dressed as if you were going on a country hike? Let me reassure you that the choice of meeting venue is extremely important.  Where we stand now is where the story begins for me, because this very land, and what I plan to do with it, will be my journey, my quest, my mission.

Yes, at present you look and all you see are some green fields, trees and a pleasant view, perhaps somewhere you may choose to picnic, but for me, it holds much more.’ The Page of Pentacles outstretches his arms and begins to turn slowly. ‘ As far as the eye can see all around you, used to belong to my Great, Great Grandfather’.  We all turn around and take in the vast expanse of land The Page is referring to. There certainly is a lot of it.  ‘Unfortunately, he lost all his money and assets, including this land, at a card table one night after much drink had been consumed’ We all looked suitably shocked at once and began to mutter among ourselves. ‘Yes, the whole lot’ again stretching out his young strong arms, ‘gambled away, every bit of it at a card game’. A man in our group spoke out ‘it happened a lot in those days, you could go from riches to ruin, all on the roll of a dice’. The Page of Pentacles nodded his head in agreement and continued.

‘It certainly caused disaster and ruin in our family and from what I know of my ancestry, it was very difficult for them after their fall. They had also given much work in the area and other families had relied on them for jobs and a regular income.  There was a big house that had to be run and a huge farm that had to be managed.  I have read that it was a very bustling and thriving estate where there was plenty for everyone and more than enough to go around.  The Family had wanted for nothing and all their staff, whether in the house or out in the fields, were well looked after’.

‘What happened to the house and farm, did the new owner not just take up from where your Great Great Grandfather left off”? a woman’s small voice from behind me shouted. ‘That is the tragedy of it all.  The new owner, lived abroad, very far away and maybe visited the place twice on his travels before deciding it was too much trouble to keep an eye on it.  He just closed down everything and left it rot.  He was a very, very, wealthy man and had more money, land and houses than he needed, so he found it hard to keep track of them all. My family were impoverished and had nothing to fall back on.  Everything had originally belonged to his wife, my Great Great Grandmother, but on marriage, ownership was automatically transferred to the husband in those days.  He had brought little to the marriage except prestige, he was from extremely good stock but useless at business and terrible lazy.  He enjoyed his wife’s money while she ran the whole estate with the help of some of her family.  She was a great woman and when her children were born, she made sure to raise them with a steady hand, ensuring they were well loved and nurtured in turn.  She kept them as far away from their father’s influence as possible.

From a very young age, she would make them escort her on her inspection of the land and farm, stopping to talk to the workers, and climbing down off her big mare to lift a clump of soil in her hand from a particular freshly ploughed field.  She would draw all her children around her and ask them in turn to smell the damp earth, let it run between their fingers and then give their opinion as to its quality and what would best grown in it.  When they were old enough, the boys were sent out to help on the farm with the workers and the girls were sent to the kitchen to run and fetch for the the Cook and Housekeeper.  My Great Great Grandmother wanted her children to grow up understanding that money and privileges are not  just given to you, but instead had to be worked hard for. She encouraged them to have a healthy respect for money and all that went in to accumulating it.   She wanted her children to learn the running of such a large estate, and the ins and outs of maintaining it.  She wanted them to have respect and appreciation for all the workers, and how their combined knowledge, talent, trades and skills kept the estate and family in the prestigious position they enjoyed.

When the children learned to ride and were given their own ponies, they were obliged to groom them after each ride out and also had to clean and polish their tack.  There would be no throwing the reins to a stable boy and walking away.  And so her children grew secure in her love and care.  They became young men and women who were down to earth, practical, sensible and not afraid of hard work.  The love of the land and estate coursed through their blood and all were determined to continue the good work of their mother. Some had plans to develop it and introduce new techniques which would increase production, and therefore increase profit at harvest.  Some wanted to branch out into new areas and build a cottage craft business around the estate, selling the preserves and famously tasty bread from the kitchen,while others wanted to look more into the horse-breeding side of things.  They all had big plans for the Farm and Estate, that is until that fateful night when their father brought them all to ruin’.  The Page of Pentacles paused and we could all see the pain that it caused him to talk about his ancestors.

‘What happened to the family, where did they go’? I asked, feeling sorry for that strong woman and all her children.  Turning to speak to me directly his body relaxed a little as he reconnected to the present time and the listening audience in front of him.  ‘Precisely, what happened to them? Well, my Great Great Grandmother was a very sensible and shrewd woman.  Even though she had little or no control over her own money once she was married, she did manage to put some money aside over the years.  It was clear to her from early on in her marriage that he husband had no intention of putting any effort into the farm or estate.  He spent all his time in the city, mixing in social circles and living the high life.  He rarely asked about the accounts or if he could be of any help during harvest.  He had no idea at all and it was his lack of interest, and checking up on things, that aided my Great Great Grandmother in syphoning off money here and there whenever she could.  When the ruin came, her husband left, possibly ashamed or possibly to find another monied woman. Who knows? The thing is he was eventually gone and all were relieved, even if they were now destitute.

No one but her knew of her savings, so once her husband was gone for good, she checked to see exactly how much she had put by. She discovered that there was enough money to buy a very small and modest farm with a house and a few stables.  She had to move very far away where land and property were cheaper, but at least it would be her own and she could do with it as she pleased.  She found a small holding about 180 miles away and moved her family with the few bits of furniture she was able to salvage from the big house.

It was hard going, but none of them were afraid of hard work or unused to it.  Within two years they had turned the farm around and whereas it was not ever going to make them a lot of money, they were financially stable and secure.  They also enjoyed the work they did and spent many long hours sitting over meals made from their own produce, and prepared with their own hands.  However, the farm was small and some of my Great Great Grandmother’s children wanted more.  They were ambitious, hard working people who had plans for their future.  Eventually as the farm became easier to manage, all but one left home and travelled overseas to start a new life and build on their dreams.  They all became extremely successful in their careers and made a lot of money.  They married and started their own families, instilling them with the same values their mother had given them.  The one that stayed behind was my Great Grandfather.  He ran the farm and helped his mother whenever she needed it.  His wealthy siblings travelled home many times with ideas of buying a bigger home and farm for their mother, but she would have none of it.  She was happy with her lot, content and at peace with life.  She enjoyed the simplicity of her daily chores and tasks and said she wanted for nothing.  Still they did manage to purchase new machinery, that made her life and the running of the farm much easier. Their mother thought it all a waste of good money but eventually had to agree that it had made a big difference. They also sent her beautiful and expensive gowns and coats which made her stand out from the crowd whenever she wore them into town.  Everyone knew her as an elegant and refined woman, even if she was capable of doing a man’s job.  She may have lost the big house and prestige, but she never lost her sense of style and graceful appearance. She was a kind and generous woman, and a good neighbour to all the surrounding country folk and villagers.

My Great Grandfather eventually inherited the farm upon the death of his mother.  By that time he was married and had three children.  Their first born was a son, my Grandfather, who although worked on the farm as his father had before him, was more interested in building and stonework.  It was a very tough decision for him to make but when he told his parents that he wanted to become a Stonemason, they gave him their full support and were proud of his ambition.  Their second eldest was happy to step into his father’s farming shoes and wished his brother well in his venture.  An Apprenticeship was found for him two villages away and he went there daily to learn his trade.  Sometimes he travelled with the Master Stonemason to work on big jobs, old houses, churches and other fine buildings.  My Grandfather worked very hard and eventually qualified as a top class Stonemason.  Soon he was earning excellent money and could afford to marry his sweetheart who had patiently waited, while supporting him throughout all his studies.  He travelled home every weekend with his sweetheart to see his family who welcomed him with open arms. They would dine heartily on those weekends and talk for hours about land, business, the price of corn and the year ahead of them all.

They were married in the local church and had a big feast at the farmhouse. Friends, relatives and neighbours attended and it was a splendid affair. They set up large tables and tents out on the land and dined on their own produce and that of their neighbours. Children ran and skipped through the long grass, and local musicians came in to entertain the gathering.

My Grandfather had saved and saved from the very beginning, and his dream was to build his own house.  When he had enough money for a small piece of land, he went with his wife and walked around many plots before they found just the right one.  In each plot he would kneel on the ground and grab a handful of soil to smell and feel.  His wife laughed and teased him, asking him to remember that he was a Stonemason and not a farmer.  However, old habits run deep and he still had a deep interest in the land and how the quality of it made all the difference.  He wanted to build his house on good solid earth of the best quality that he could afford.  It couldn’t be just any piece of land. It had to be special, with nice views and a pleasant aspect.  He wanted his house to be a haven of natural beauty,peace and tranquillity.  A house that could become a home for the family they were eager to have.

Well they did find their little piece of heaven and bought it for a good price.  Now the land had to be cleared and a house built.  While all this was going on, they moved back into the farmhouse and his wife helped with the work and chores.  My Grandfather’s brother helped with the build whenever he could be spared from the farm, and together they joined forces to make my grandfather’s dream a reality.  It was a wonderful time for all involved, to be a part of the ‘big build’.  The women made sure they were all fed and nourished, and listened to their endless talk of levels and wood length.

Two days before their first child was born my grandmother helped paint the doors in the new house while her husband did some finishing off here and there.  At last the house was complete and it was a fine, sturdy and handsome building.  Every brick had been laid with love and total commitment.  It was a big house, and made to last.  Only the finest of materials had gone into it, and everything had been put together with tight precision and attention to detail.  Tile by tile had been laid meticulously and evenly.  On one occasion a whole floor of tiles were taken up because my Grandfather felt it was not right.  He was a very determined man who wanted nothing but the best. He would not tolerate anything less.  His workmanship was first class and he had incredibly high standards.  The house could have been built much faster, but my grandfather had been determined to use traditional methods and would not allow anyone to make him hurry or take short cuts.  He also was his own worst critic.  He drew up plans, checked them, then re-checked them, sometimes tearing them up and starting all over again. It was painstaking and often mind-numbingly tedious.

My Father was carried as a baby into the brand new house where he had his own nursery.  Over time, the house grew into a home and four more children arrived.  It was just like history repeating itself over and over again.  The family were growing and spreading, and family occasions and gatherings were large and noisy, but very enjoyable.  As the family grew, they became closer and closer, all looking out for each other and ready to lend a hand or support where and when it was needed.  Strangely enough, none of my Grandfather’s offspring followed him into Stone Masonry, which upset him as he was very much a traditionalist.  He liked the idea of passing on knowledge from father to son. He had become withdrawn and uncommunicative when my Father told him of his own plans for his future.  Times were changing and the world was opening up for young ambitious people.  My Grandfather had invested heavily in his children’s education, and as a result they had many career options opened to them.  My Father chose accountancy, while his brother became a banker, another went to work with his uncle on the farm as he was drawn to the land. He had two sisters.  Both married, but his eldest sister was the first to open a specially built riding school which she successfully ran. She also had three children who were reared around the horses, before eventually helping out once they were old enough.  His younger sister had stayed home with their mother to help her with, the now thriving home-made cake business, that had started up as a result of one of their long conversations over dinner one night. The Grandfather in time rallied round and accepted that life was so, and that he himself had been instrumental in opening their minds to so many other opportunities by making such a fuss about their education.

My Grandfather died before I was born, so I never got the opportunity to meet him but I have had the privilege of viewing a lot of his stone work and it is amazing. I never cease to be overwhelmed by the intricate detail and design.  I have all the stories about him too which have been passed down from generation to generation. My older brother, the Knight of Pentacles still remembers him. My Father after marrying moved abroad upon been offered a senior position in an accountancy firm. He travelled home as often as his job could spare him, and when his wife, a solicitor, was free to travel with him. I have just one sister who is away at college right now studying to be a vet. We are all very proud of her and I miss her not being around.  However, it is now my turn to take a step forward and venture into life.

I must now carry the torch for all who have gone before me.  I have a responsibility to my ancestors to do my very best in life and to rise to any challenges that come my way.  I too wish to leave a grand legacy behind me, and to add positively to all the history that has gone before me.  I will have to rise to the high standards which these great people have bequeathed me.  I cannot be the one to fail, let them down or taint the family honour as has been done by some in the past. I must ensure that never happens again.  I come from strong, healthy, determined, ambitious and hard working stock.  This is no hardship for me. Yes, it may be the greatest challenge of my life, but that is what I am here for. I will prove my worth and make a name for myself. I will set goals and I will achieve them, I will give my word and I will honour it, I will ask you to trust me and I won’t let you down, I will ask your loyalty and you will never regret it. I will commit myself to my goals and work tirelessly towards them. You will all be proud of me, just you wait and see’.

We respond to this gutsy speech by all joining in a round of applause. We can see by the look on the face of this young Page, that he means business, and is very determined to succeed in his quest, but what exactly is his quest? He hasn’t exactly told us yet. I am not the only one who has realised this, for a few others in the crowd are calling to him to reveal it.

The Page of Pentacles looks pleased, and it is obvious he had planned things this way.  He was keeping his mission secret and secure until the last minute.  He was saving the best till last and had us all dying with curiosity.  With bated breath, we stood staring at The Page who was now pulling something from the wide belt he wore around his waist, before promptly concealing it behind his back.

‘Ladies and Gentlemen, without further ado, let me now present to you my Elemental Gift, and reveal to all of you the Quest I have set for myself, the Ultimate Goal, that which will propel me forward onto my Journey’. Slowly, The Page brought his two arms around and held them high in the air. Resting securely in his open palms sat a beautiful and absolutely perfect Pentacle.  He held The Pentacle aloft for all of us to see. Silence fell among the gathered crowd as we focused our attention on the shimmering gold Pentacle which vibrated with mystery, magic and deep wisdom.

The Page appeared mesmerised as he stared deep into its well of knowledge. Without taking his eyes off his Pentacle he addressed the crowd once more.  This Pentacle gives me my reason to be, it is what will steer and guide me along the pathways of my Journey.  My Pentacle offers me protection from negativity, and the evil doings of others.  If I use it well and do not abuse it, it will infuse my body with good health, strength and fitness.  It will seep determination and dogged persistence through my very veins. It will nourish, feed and sustain me. It will teach me the ways of the land and the laws of nature. It will befriend me to all of the animal kingdom so that we may all live in peace, side by side. With my Pentacle I can create a better world. With my Pentacle, I can build a future for myself and all those who come after me.  With my Pentacle strong and solid in my hands I can make anything I touch grow such as money, wealth, success, buildings, gardens, animals.  With this single Pentacle driving me onwards and upwards, I can build an empire and leave the most wonderful legacy behind, so that I will be known and remembered by all.  My Pentacle will provide us with abundance and growth. We shall be plentiful and there will be enough for all. No one will want or go without, as the Earth will provide for us, once we work in harmony with it, and respect her laws.

With my trusty Pentacle guiding and influencing me, I can find a stability and security both within and without. Ladies and Gentlemen, all this is possible and so much more, but there are conditions. You see this Pentacle in front of you, see how beautiful and balanced it sits?  The Upward Pointing Five Point Star represents balance, and it is a balance that must be maintained if I am ever to realise my full potential, and bring about all the wonderful things I have just spoken about.  The Five Pointed Star can symbolise many things but it all comes down to the natural law and order of the Universe. The Star represents the human body; head, arms and legs, in perfect health and balance.  It sustains a connection between The Heavens/Head (Crown Chakra) which is the Upper Point, and Earth, the Two Lower Points. I must maintain this Spiritual/Physical balance by keeping my feet firmly planted on the ground, and only acting, thinking and feeling in a way that is in the highest interest of all. The two Side Points of the Star represent my arms which are extended to embrace and include all, and not just the self. It creates a left and a right, two-sides, and hence balance.

The Star also symbolises the Four Elements; Fire, Water, Air and Earth, with the Fifth Uppermost Point symbolising Spirit or The Higher Self. The inner Star is surrounded by an outer circle which offers protection. It also symbolically contains and harnesses the power of The Four Elements.  Anything can be achieved once we are able to combine or invoke these Elements. Together they are a powerful force to behold when they work positively together. Again, balance is key here and within the Pentacle, all Elements are equal.

I must never lose this balance or take it for granted. Without this balance, I would lose sight of my goals, lose my positive qualities and care less about the precious Earth around me and all its inhabitants. Then my Pentacle would Reverse and the Spiritual Connection would be lost. As it Reverses, groundedness would also be lost as the lower points of the Star would points upwards as my animalistic nature took over.  Then it would all be about me and no one else.  My goals in life would be to take as much as I could without having to do much to get it.  I would want it all but not be prepared to work for it or acquire it in an honest manner.  I would use and abuse people, just to get where I was going and to get what I want.  With my Pentacle Reversed, I would have an unhealthy desire for money and be prepared to do anything to get it.  I would lack staying power, commitment and trustworthiness.  I would be hungry for power and prestige and would set about getting it by fair or foul means.  With Power and Prestige I would seek to control the masses and instil fear or intimidation as it pleased me. I could use money as a weapon instead of a means to improve lives.

At the very least, I would be lazy and self-indulgent. I would neglect my body, letting it get overweight and unhealthy. My energy would run low and I would have a care-less attitude about me.  I would not be interested in setting goals or working towards much.  My studies would fall by the wayside and failure in exams would be common.  Education would bore me and ambition might elude me altogether.  I could easily end up the oldest college student, constantly repeating exams, living on my parents money and not having to be responsible for anything in my life.

If the Air Element became too strong in me as the Earth Element dissipated, then I might spend my whole life planning but not doing, full of ideas, some wild even, but not much would ever come of it. I would be lacking the Earth to make my plans and ideas manifest. I would give up when things bored me or didn’t work out as planned. I would end up drifting from one thing to another, hoping that life would somehow work itself out.

The Page shudders visibly as he contemplates this horrendous lifestyle, which is completely alien to him at this moment in time.  He stares into his Pentacle, transfixed by its beauty and makes a vow in front of all those gathered that ‘I will lay down my life to protect My Pentacle in its beautiful and natural Upright State. I will use my Pentacle wisely, and with respect, so that all may benefit from the power of its magic.  I vow never to drop my Pentacle, ignore it, or let it fall into the hands of those who may want to use it negatively.I am the Guardian of this Pentacle and Spirit believes I am capable of the Quest and Journey ahead.  Therefore, I will not let Spirit down’.

We have all been touched deeply by his eloquent speech and are unsure how we should react under the circumstances. However, The Page sees our unease and quickly moves to re-engage us once more.  ‘And now on to the nature of my Goal for this Journey’. Turning slowly around he outstretches his arms once more and I am reminded of the Five Pointed Star.  ‘You see this land around you?’ We all nod. ‘This is my Goal.  Lifting his Pentacle high above his head once more, he stares deeply into it.  ‘Just like a crystal ball is used for scrying, I can see my future, my vision, deep within my Pentacle. Starting with just this Pentacle‘ he raises it higher still, ‘I am going to make it work for me. I will double it, then treble it, quadruple it and so on and so on until I have amassed enough Pentacles to buy back all this  land that belonged to my family a long time ago.  Once the land is mine, I will then set about building a fine big house on the site of my Great, Great, Grandmother’s former home.  Not only that, but I will put the land back in use once more and begin to develop a farm. I shall plant and grow our own, some for the table and the rest for profit.  Livestock will roam this land, where they will feed on the best of grass.  My farm will be different from my ancestors for I will invest in the best of top quality machinery, and hire highly qualified and knowledgeable staff to run it. My farm will also be organic and I will have a farm shop on site for selling direct to the customer.  My farm and associated businesses will provide much needed employment in this rural environment, and I will work with the people to ensure they are happy and content.  My farm and estate will be a joy to behold and a place everyone will naturally gravitate towards.  I will build and construct in a way that is sensitive to the environment and use only natural materials that will not harm the local wildlife or contaminate the water table.

I have many, many plans for this place. This land has been worked for centuries by my ancestors and so it will be again.  It will be me, the Page of Pentacles, Great, Great Grandson of a powerful, strong and mighty woman who will return it to its rightful owners once and for all, to its former glory and then beyond.’

We all explode into applause once more and are noisy with excitement.  I see some people with hankies to their eyes, emotionally touched by his words.  However, it is obvious that many have questions to ask as hands raise throughout the group.  The Page singles out a tall man and asks him to speak. ‘ Excuse me young Page, your plans are very admirable and dignified but do you think it is really possible to achieve so much when you are starting with just one Pentacle, beautiful as it is, it is just one. ‘  The Page looks like he has been expecting these questions and is happy to respond. ‘Yes, what you say is true but we all have to start somewhere and for me this is where it is.  I know I have only one Pentacle, but I am young and strong and have a whole lifetime ahead of me to achieve my goal, to realise my dream.  I am not for one moment expecting this to all come together overnight, or in the next few months, or even the next five years.  What I am doing is setting a Goal for myself.  This is what I want, and if I want it then I am going to have to work extremely hard to get it.  I am only still in college myself and have many years of education and exams ahead of me. I am studying a very specialised area of Stone Masonry. Yes, I am following in my Grandfather’s footsteps. The area I am specialising in is a style that was used centuries ago on very important buildings and tombs.  It will involve years of extra study, and I will no longer be so young when I eventually qualify.  However, I am looking forward to all of it and cannot wait to get stuck in to all that is involved.  I will be investing this one Pentacle wisely and my plan is to add to it slowly but surely over the years so that it grows and begins to earn interest.  While I am studying, I will be taking a part-time job and intend to live as frugally as possible so that I can save as much as I can.

I have laid out my Goal in Stages. Each Stage has a certain time-limit, and with levels I must have achieved by then.  The big picture is the Ultimate Goal and right now is too large for me to take on. If I didn’t pace myself with setting Smaller Goals along the way, I would lose sight of my dream and drift off into unrelated areas, and become distracted.  At present, it is education and getting my qualifications. That is the first Goal.  Not much can be achieved before that. Yes, I would love it all now, but I have great patience and am prepared to wait.  Don’t worry, I will enjoy myself along the way, for I love hard work and am very determined. I will make sure to get plenty of physical exercise for I believe that nothing can be achieved unless the body is healthy too.  I love the outdoors and take my dog on long walks just about every day’.

‘And what about romance, what if you meet someone, where will you find the time for a relationship?’ a man in the crowd chirps up. ‘Funny you should mention that’, the Page grins, ‘I was just about to introduce you to her, the lady in my life. Follow me everyone’. With that the Page heads off down the hill in the direction he had earlier come from. We all trail behind mystified by where he has concealed his secret lady.  We have now arrived at the ploughed section of field I had noticed when we first arrived.  It is a small area of land that has been fenced off and then divided up into sections. Much to our surprise we discover there are a few people there, bent over on the ground amidst the deep furrows.  They appear to be planting things.  We cannot tell what sex they are as they all look the same, same muddy bottoms and sweaters with bent backs.  The Page calls out announcing our arrival and the bent backs straighten up and turn in our direction.  Immediately I spot her for she has a scarf tied around her head to hold her hair back.  There is also another young man not too far from her.  Both down their tools and get to their feet, wiping their hands on their clothes as they make their way towards us.

As the young woman joins us she is smiling and happy looking. Her dark red hair is tied back in a ponytail, while strands of soft curls, fall out from under her scarf and cover her eyes. She re-adjusts her scarf with her dirty hands.  Apologising for not shaking our hands because of the dirt, she stands beside the Page who looks proudly at her through his dark eyes.  He introduces us to her and tells us that she is also a college student.  She is studying to be a botanist but also has plans on developing a complete skin care range made from organically grown produce.  She plans to grow her own herbs, flowers and plants to use in her products.  This is why she is here today, as she has been sowing and planting all morning.  She tells us it is her only day off this week as along with her botany studies, she is doing extra courses in herbalism and essences.  She reaches out and touches the Page ‘it is also the only time we will get to see each other this week’. Smiling back at her she asks to be excused so that she can return to her work.  We all wish her well and watch as she sure-footedly makes her way back to where she had been working.  We all agree that she is just ‘lovely’ and that we wish them well.

There is a man in the crowd who has an urgent question to ask and he is about to burst if he cannot get the Page’s attention.  The Leader in the group alerts the Page to him and he is allowed to speak. ‘How come you are on this land if it does not belong to you yet? Have you got permission to dig here’? The man suddenly looks embarrassed, as if he has asked a cheeky question. ‘Well spotted my man’ The Page reassures him.  He now calls forth the other young man who had been called with the young lady.  ‘Ladies and Gentlemen, let me introduce you to my older brother, The Knight of Pentacles.  We all reach forward to shake his hand and as I look closer, I can now see the family resemblance.  He has a strong jaw, with thee same dark eyes and dark hair. ‘ My brother is very much into farming and is a qualified horticulturist.  He has a list of other qualifications too but his big love is the land and growing stuff upon and in it.  He has leased a section of this land for some time now and has put much effort into turning it organic.  He is involved in the Local Farmer’s Market Group and sells a lot of his produce through these markets or directly to shops and restaurants.  When he leased this piece of land, he had no idea of the history of it and our connection to it.  My Goal is also his, so we will work together as a family to ensure its success.  In the meantime he has his own businesses to run, but is there for me whenever I need him.  He is also teaching me a lot about farming and the land.  It makes it all the more exciting when family members come on board as I know I can trust him. He shares the same values and work ethic as me.

I decide to ask a question of the Knight. ‘And how do you feel about working with your young brother?’. The Knight smiles brightly and nudges his younger brother playfully.  ‘I am delighted to be working with The Page for he has always been such a sensible young man.  Even as a child, he was intense and very studious.  Whatever he was given to do, he just got on with it and never complained.  He was pretty quiet and never really got himself into trouble anywhere.  He was always talking about what he was going to do when he grew up and we never doubted for a moment that he didn’t mean it.  Once he commits himself to something, he will follow it through to the bitter end.  He wants to be sure that everything is done properly, so has one of those thorough and methodical personalities. I believe he will go far, for he is very determined and ambitious.  The great thing about him is that he is down to earth, most of his ideas sound extremely reasonable, and more than likely probable.

He is having a great time in college right now and I am happy for him.  He takes to all his studies so well and is always top of the class. However, he is not one for bragging and showing off so he does keep a low profile around the place.  His friends are decent guys too, trustworthy, loyal and hard working just like him. He has an incredibly patient girlfriend. They often don’t have time to meet up for more than a week.  However, she is very like him, ambitious, hard-working and they share common goals.  They know that in time, when the hard work is done, they will have more time for each other.  Until then, they are content with the situation and I rarely hear any complaints from either of them.  They support each other in their studies and careers.  What a clever pair, so down to earth too. I am sure they have a great future ahead of them.

My mother likes her too which is very important as he is very close to our mother and her approval means the world to him. We tease him all the time about being our mother’s favourite and he gets really mad with us but it is true.  Our mother is very supportive of all his plans and dreams.  My father is not as indulgent as my mother with our young Page which has been a bit of a challenge for him  growing up.  They have not always seen eye to eye but I know my brother will prove himself in the long run. Until then I will have to put up with listening to their regular arguments about his future, what he should be doing and so on and so forth.  When things get too heated, my mother tends to step in and make every one see sense.

The Page does like his food though, and especially my mother’s cooking.  No matter where he is or whatever is happening, he will always be home for dinner.  He works hard all day either at his studies or helping out on the land so has a very healthy appetite.It was the same when he was only a small child.  He would disappear on his own with the dogs all day and no one would know where he had gone to.  Then just as the dinner was ready to be served we would first see the tails of the dogs coming through the long meadow grass in the fields, before we saw the little head of the Page, bobbing happily up and down. He is very predictable like that. He would then sit at the table telling us all the stories of his encounters of the day.  How many rabbits he had seen and how he had stopped for a long time to talk to the neighbour’s cow.  He also spoke of the faeries he was certain he had glimpsed, and how he had followed them for miles.  The Page loved all the local folklore of the area and still believes that there are other dimensions around us that we cannot see, but still exist.  He says that is the realm of the faeries, and those who rule over the natural kingdom.  He believes that he must do nothing that will upset the faeries for he fears of their displease and revenge.  Even this land here has been dowsed by The Page to ensure that no Faerie Rings or Magical Places are being disturbed. He is very conscientious that everything he does must be in harmony with nature and his surrounding environment.   He does take it very seriously, I do too, but am not as superstitious as he is about it.

Regardless of all he is doing, he takes the responsibility of the family dogs very seriously. Before he goes anywhere or does anything, he takes the dogs for a walk first thing every morning, and depending on where he is based that day, he might take the dogs with him too. He has a very special relationship with them, and has had my mother driven demented over the years bringing home stray cats and dogs needing to be fed and homed. To be honest, we are all a bit like that.  I think that is why our sister has gone into veterinary. She got so much practice with the constant stream of down and out animals, that it was a no brainer when the time came for her to choose a career.’

The Page has stood beside The Knight all this time listening. He has smiled and laughed about the comments The Knight made about him.  However, it is time for us to go.  The Photographers step forward for the official Page of Pentacles Shot.  The young Page fixes his hat, tidies his tunic and brushes off some clumps of earth that are stuck to his boots.  He then produces the bright gleaming Pentacle once more, and holds it aloft for the photographer to get the best angle.  He turns his body slightly to the side and lifts his right leg slightly off the ground, reminding us of The Page of Swords on his Mountain Top.  This is to remind us that although he is very down to earth, practical and sensible, he still is under the influence of The Air Element.  Therefore, he is using this Element to help formulate his plans for reaching his Goals, the small ones first, and then ultimately the main one. Planning (Air) and doing (Earth).  This Young Page certainly has a lot going for him.

As we say our goodbyes and wish him the very best on his journey, we begin to make our way back to the bus.  I do not have too many concerns for this young Page as long as he manages to maintain the Upright Aspect of his Pentacle.  I have no doubt he will achieve that which he is setting out to, but I do hope he can sustain his morals, attitudes and genuine concern for the world around him.  I pray that money and success will not taint this lovely young person, by making him greedy or selfish.  The world he plans to build for himself is certainly one that I would be interested in living in.  Money, possessions and assets do bring power and that is where my concern would lie.  I think this Young Page of Pentacles is definitely worth keeping an eye on. May his journey run smooth, and may he be rewarded for all his efforts.

Back on the bus, the group are chatting loudly.  They are talking about taking bets on which Page will succeed, and which will not.  A lot are ready to put their money on the Page of Pentacles for they believe he is a ‘sure thing’. The ironic thing is that The Page himself would be horrified to think that people would be prepared to gamble their money away on him.  He would never do such a thing, gamble, or take unnecessary risks. Look what happened to his Great,Great, Grandfather all those years ago at the card table.  Definitely not, but he will have to learn along the way, that sometimes to move forward and make progress it will be necessary to take the odd chance or small risk.  He will have to find a balance there, otherwise he could grow into a stubborn, and set-in-his-ways old man, who might be opposed to change or the introduction of new ways.

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The Page of Pentacles represents the immature part of The Pentacles Royal Family.  His solid and grounded start in life will serve him well as he journeys and matures.  With such determination, hard-work, commitment and self-belief at such a young age, he has the makings of successfully maturing into The Queen or King of Pentacles.  He has a long way to travel yet, much experience to gain and lessons to be learned, but this young Page has what it takes to succeed.

Traditionally, The Page of Pentacles was described as a child or young person of either sex.  He had a tanned or sallow appearance with brown or green eyes.  His hair was typically described as being dark-brown or black. Remember, these are the old traditional descriptions and bear no resemblance at all to the majority of people in the world.  It is his personality description that should be concentrated on and not his looks when interpreting The Page of Pentacles.

The Page of Pentacles – The Apprentice

Earth SignsTaurus, Virgo, Capricorn

Page of Pentacles Upright

Keywords

Student,  College, Studious, Scholarly, Setting Goals/Targets, Long-Term Goals, Practical Application, Laying the Foundations, Seeking/Thinking Success, Abundance, Excellent Prospects, High Achiever, Aiming High, Ambitious, Seeking Qualification, Looking for Results, Tangible, Consistent Progress, Excelling in Exams, Training, Apprentice, Developing a Workable Plan, Solid Grounded Start, Making a Start, Pacing Oneself,  Seeking Financial Security, Thinking about your Future/Long-term, Penny Wise, Thrifty, Saving, Investing, Commitment,  Practical, Down to Earth, Grounded, Common Sense, Realistic, Resourceful, Effective, Hard Worker, Effort, Cautious, Scrutiny, Concentration, Detail,Trusting, Trustworthy, Faithful, Stable, Secure, Steady, Kind, Generous, Helpful, Friendly, Loyal, Responsible, Reliable,  Dependable, Determined, Diligent,  Disciplined, Conscientious, Consistent, Methodical, Thorough, Being Productive/Industrious, Manifestation, Healthy,  Healthy Eating, Investing in Ones Health, Exercise, Out-doors, The Natural World, Nature, Wholesome, Animal Lover, Environmentalist, Collector, Traditional, Conservative, News of Study/Career/Money Matters/Business/Property/Land, Family Inheritance, Legacy, Following a Family Tradition/Career, Metaphysics, Tarot, Earth Magic, Scrying, 

 Messages

Think About What you Want Out of Life, Think Success,  Start Small But Think Big,  Use the Resources you Have, Think Long-term, Put the Effort In, Look for Results,  Make it Work for You, Be Effective, Settle Down to Study, Get the Necessary Training, Get Qualified and become Professional, Set High Stanards for Your Self, Get off to a Good Start by doing the Necessary Groundwork, Start Laying Foundations for the Future, Work Hard For What You Want, There is no Subsitute for Hard Work if you Want to be Successful, Show Commitment, Set Goals for Yourself and Work Diligently Towards Them, Show a bit of Ambition, Be Productive and Industrious,  Be Proactive, Be Realistic, Think Practically, Be Down to Earth about the Situation,  Use  your Common Sense in this Instance, Be Patient, Only take Risks that have been well calculated and are in the interests of meeting your Goal,  Scrutinise all Documents, Contracts and Paper Work, Make sure to Read the Small Print,  Pay Special Attention to your Assets and Possessions,  Avoid any offers of Get Rich Quick Schemes, Think Abundance, Make Your Money Work for You, Don’t Waste Money, Be Frugal,  Start Saving Money for The Future,Start a Collection, Get out Doors and Exercise, Eat Healthy, Be Kind to Animals, Think about the Environment at all times

Meaning

All The Pages in Tarot are Messengers, News-bearers or Post-Persons.  The News The Page of Pentacles brings will be about material matters; money, loan application, investments, savings and possessions.  He may appear in your Reading bearing news of a new course of study or college application. Because the Pentacles are very concerned with the financial world, news may be business related; such as contracts, products, expansion, accounts and profits.  You may be waiting on News relating to the purchase or sale of a business, or an excellent business opportunity. The need to scrutinise legal documents is advised as The Page is seen to scrutinise the Pentacle he holds for any defects. Then again, property and land are also of great importance to the Pentacles so you may be waiting to see if your offer has been accepted on a house, whether mortgage application has been approved or planning permission granted.

The Pentacles also represent the physical body and its health so you may be waiting for results after a medical check-up. He may be asking you to pay special attention to your health at this moment in time. News of pregnancy or birth are also associated with this Page due to his connection to mother Earth and creativity. All in all, when the Upright Page of Pentacles appears in your Reading as a News Bearer, you are bound to be pleased, and very possibly relieved with the News or Messages he delivers.  His presence brings positivity, productivity and abundance.  There may even be News of a family inheritance or legacy, and possibly a windfall. As a Messenger he may be asking you to pay special attention to your assets and possessions. Very promising indeed.

The Page of Pentacles suggests a solid grounded start to whatever projects you are about to embark on. You are organised, prepared, and ready and waiting to get started. You are now ready to invest in your future. If you have been worried about having enough money, he is here to tell you that you have enough to get started with.  He asks you to use your money wisely and save hard whenever you can.  Do not waste or squander on superfluous or frivolous items right now.  Any money you have is to be used with a long-term view.  Being thrifty now will reap you great rewards in the long run. As the saying goes ‘if you look after the pennies, the pounds will look after themselves’.

When The Page of Pentacles appears, it is time to think about your future, what you are going to do, and how you are going to establish long-term financial security. He asks you to think success and then go out and make it happen.  This Page needs to be able to see and feel the results of what he does.  If you have had your head in the clouds of late and been too busy daydreaming to do anything else, he asks you to come down to earth now and get down to some serious business instead of being airy fairy.  You need to start the ball rolling, start making things happen. Manifestation is what The Page of Pentacles is all about, and nothing is going to happen if you just sit there.   You want to be financially successful and secure, so you will have think about how you are going to achieve this. Think big and go for it.  Remember, there has to be a result that can be seen and felt by everyone. It is time to get started and become proactive instead of procrastinating. Hold onto your dream and guard it closely, then make it a reality. Start building it stone by stone, brick by brick. Believe in yourself that you can do it. Start and work with whatever you have and make it grow one step at a time. Financial security will be yours if you want it badly enough. Think abundance and prosperity. Remember never to lose your sense of purpose. Retain your integrity, morals and be conscientious about how you achieve your success. Start off in the right manner, build your reputation and credibility. Be remembered for all the right reasons. You certainly have splendid prospects.

The Page of Pentacles appearing in your Reading can suggest that you are studying, or about to embark on a course of studies that will bring great financial rewards for you in the future.  You may be starting college, and are looking forward to getting down to learning and study.  This Page augurs well for chosen careers and shows a determination to work hard and succeed.  You may even be following in the career footsteps of previous family members as you continue a family tradition. In the Upright Page of Pentacles, this is something you are very happy to do and are proud and honoured to be continuing the line. A scholarly attitude is suggested, along with excellent exam performance. You are certainly aiming at achieving the highest of qualifications.

All Pages represent students and studying, the learning stage of life, but it is The Page of Pentacles who is the most diligent and hardest working of all.  Sensible down to his toes, he is constant and consistent. Education is very important to him and he does not take it lightly. Generally, he comes from a background where high academic performance is expected, but it is also inherent within him too.  He does not have to be pushed or forced in studying, and you will never find him being hauled up for poorly worked or late assignments. He paces himself well throughout his studies and will not to be found cramming, or be content with getting a simple but acceptable Pass Grade in a subject.  His presence suggests that you are aiming high and are working towards the highest possible qualifications you can achieve. This may involve making sacrifices and missing out on a hectic social life, where you may find the other Pages burning the candle at both ends. The Page of Pentacles has his priorities in order from the start and will refuse to be budged off them by well meaning friends or colleagues.  However, you will find this Page successfully combining studies while working at the same time.  He suggests that  you can manage this too, but you do need to be very self-disciplined, and excellent at time management.  He reminds you to look at the Big Picture every now and then while you are beavering away in order to reconfirm your commitment and re-establish your aims. He tells you to keep your Pentacle (Goal) very close to you, and never let it out of your sight. Your Pentacle holds all your desires and ambitions for your future, so make sure you dust it down regularly and examine it closely for any changes that have occurred, or details you have forgotten about. Remember why you are working so hard and what it is you ultimately want to achieve.  It will keep you on track.

The Page of Pentacle’s presence in a Reading suggests that Goals are being set, and a very definite plan is being drawn up as to how and when they will be achieved.  You certainly know what you want and where you are going. Working with the serious Element of Air enables you to carefully develop a workable plan that will yield solid results. Your are prepared to put in the necessary work in order to get there. This Page suggests that you are a no-nonsense person who just gets on with what has to be done instead of complaining and moaning about everything. You want to see results for all your hard work, so you are very industrious and productive.

Taking risks and gambling is something that is not in your nature.  You don’t like taking a chance unless you are pretty sure it is going to work out.  You favour the safe and secure, the tried and tested instead of the unsure and unknown. This fear of risk can sometimes stand in the way of you availing of golden opportunities when they appear.  Your belief is that everything has to be worked hard for, and anything that promises otherwise is not to be trusted. You prefer to earn your reward and success off your own steam. You can sometimes delay your great success by treading too carefully all the time and overdoing things, but then again, your success typically lasts longer than those who arrive at it with little effort and ahead of schedule.

This Card suggests quite a serious nature which is often stubborn and single-minded.  Such seriousness in one at a young age can often be viewed as dull and boring by others. However, both you and those closest to you, know otherwise for you have a wonderful reputation for being kind, generous, helpful and amusing. For all your hard work and gritty determination, you have quite an easy going nature about you, and a lovely genuine sense of humour.  You get on well with everyone and never appear to have a hidden agenda or attitude about you.  In fact you make a great friend, but prefer a small circle of close friends to a large group of acquaintances.  You value loyalty and steadfastness in your friendships. Your friends are bound to hold you in high regard and are always there to give you a help when called. The Page of Pentacles asks you to keep your word and prove yourself dependable in turn.

When it comes to family you are all very close and there is a possibility that you are especially close to your mother. She might dote on you and pamper you, preparing your favourite dishes for when you visit, and singling you out for special attention.  The Page of Pentacles suggests that you have had a stable and secure upbringing, where you have been loved and well nurtured.  However, this Page can sometimes highlight tension or conflict with the Father who may not be as warm-hearted and generous as the Mother. You may not necessarily have had much money but you did not go without.  In some cases there may have been substantial monetary deprivation, and if so, The Page of Pentacles shows your determination to make a success of your life and become financially secure. Childhood and family deprivation may be the driving force behind your ambition.

The Page is the immature aspect of his Suit, so there is a strong message here of having patience, commitment and the ability to pace oneself.  Your Ultimate Goal may be far off in the future but this does not phase you at all.  You may feel unprepared at this stage, not yet ready, and are quite content to put in considerable time learning and accumulating more information.  The Page of Pentacle’s presence suggests that you like to be knowledgeable about something before attempting it. It is important that you are privy to all the details, and ins and outs of whatever it is you are going to get involved in.  You like to fully know what you are doing, how it is going to work and what the result will be from the outset.  This means that things can’t and shouldn’t be hurried.  His presence advises you to take no short cuts or try to fast track progress right now.  It will be worth the wait if you can just keep your eye on the ball and do not falter. This is no small venture you have embarked upon. Some aspects of it can be manipulated and controlled, while other aspects will have to evolve naturally.  You will have to bide your time before you see the longed for results.

The Page advises you to approach the task, the issue, your situation in a practical, methodical and thorough manner. Keep your feet firmly on the ground and think everything through very carefully.  Break it up into manageable sections and deal with each one individually instead of trying to sort the whole lot together. Where possible, roll up your sleeves and apply yourself physically.  Get down to the shop floor and discover for yourself what is going on.  If you haven’t got the exact tools you need for the job, take a good look around and see what you have at hand that could be used instead. Use your initiative and be resourceful when finding a solution to problems or challenges.

The Page of Pentacles, has a strong fondness for Esotericsm and Metaphysics.  He is of the Earth, and so can suggest you are drawn to the denser Magic of Earth instead of the Celestial Realm.  Therefore there may be a tendency to paganism, wicca, witchcraft (not the dark arts), the faerie realm, stone circles and crystals.  Oracle Cards of choice will be Tarot instead of Angel. The Page of Pentacles is a Student of the Occult.  His presence can suggest that you are thinking about embarking on a course of study in relation the older and more traditional crafts such as herbalism, palmistry or scrying with a crystal ball.  Then again, he may be highlighting your belief in, and habit of seeking out such services and therapies. This again reconfirms his need to know what his future holds for him. He is looking for guarantees, or at the  very least, pre-knowledge so that he can be well prepared for whatever is coming his way.

When The Page of Pentacles appears in a Health Reading he can bring several messages.  In his Upright Aspect, he praises you for looking after your body well, and reminds you to keep up the good work.  Make sure you put only the healthiest of food into your body, and to buy the best quality you can afford.  Looking after your body will ensure a constant, plentiful supply of energy and vitality which will sustain you through all your hard work and effort. There is no point toiling away to become successful if you lack physical health, especially through neglect and disregard for your body.  It will be a complete waste of your precious time and energy.   A lover of physical exercise and the great outdoors, The Page of Pentacles asks you to get out into nature as often as you can. Get moving, get active and feel alive. Keep your body fit and toned by getting regular exercise.  Get out into your garden and plant some flowers or vegetables. Feel the fresh air on your face and walk. Walking is free and uses only your own fuel so there is no excuse.

The Page of Pentacles reminds you to respect the land, your environment and to be kind to all God’s creatures, both little and large.  He asks you to take an active interest in recycling and to avoid polluting the land or dumping litter.  He begs you not to do anything that will damage the Earth or poison the creatures that dwell upon, and within it. He asks you to think about what you do in your daily life and how you run your household.  Are there ways you could improve? How can you make a difference in protecting the environment?

The Page of Pentacles has a strong connection with the land and all its inhabitants. If you are buying property or land, he may be advising you to have it dowsed for Geopathic Stress or any other irregularities.  His Upright Presence would suggest a positive outcome and that the proposed land is happy and healthy.  He has a strong belief that these are very important aspects that should not be overlooked in your rush to purchase, build and inhabit.  Happiness and health will only be possible once all connected to the land and property, from all dimensions,  are content and at peace with each other.  He warns you that some land is sour or contaminated, either naturally (geopathic stress) or from historical imprint (sites of battle grounds/massacres). You must be aware of this when house hunting or purchasing land.  He asks you to stand on it, connect with it and get a feel for it.  Do you feel well, light-hearted and happy when you are there, or do you feel headachy, ill, dizzy, bad-tempered or depressed? He asks you to scrutinise this area well, and not be tempted purely by a bargain price or the right location. He wants you to remember that the health of the land you stand or build upon is extremely important to your own continued health, happiness and relationships.

When making any large purchase, house, land, car, business or boat, The Page of Pentacles asks you to use your common sense and not allow yourself be lured by the  glamour, allure or hyped up marketing surrounding it.  Remain grounded and scrutinise all paperwork and legal documents.  Be 100% sure that every area has been covered, and that all is legit, above board and in order. Otherwise, in your rush to part with your hard earned cash, you could easily overlook some of the fine print. Examine everything carefully and make sure not to compromise on quality and high standards.

In affairs of the heart The Page of Pentacles is committed and loyal. No great fireworks here, but being an Earth Sign he does have his own way of showing love and can be quite sensual. He may not win any prizes in the romance department but he has many wonderful qualities to bring to any relationship.  When he does decide to enter into a relationship, he can offer his partner much valued stability and security. His partner will feel protected and cherished, even if he is not constantly telling him or her how much he loves them.  With The Page of Pentacles, and most of his family too, he will expect you to know that if you are in a relationship with him or her (remember Pages represent both sexes), then it is because he or she loves you and wants to be with you. The Page of Pentacles does not have to keep going on about it all the time. He or she will make a steady, loyal and faithful partner who will turn up when they say they will. He is trustworthy and caring and will expect the same from you in return.

The Page of Pentacles generally bases his relationships on long-term goals.  He or she is not one for jumping in and out of relationships too often, like some of the other Pages.  This is a young man or woman who know where they are going and what they want. They will deliberately seek out partners who are like-minded.  It is rarely you will see any of the Pentacles in their Upright Aspect, lose sight of their dreams or goals because they have had their head turned by love or a flirtatious distraction. The Page of Pentacles admires ambition and independence in his partner but at times can be a little possessive. He or she is attracted to hard-working industrious partners, who understand the nature of ambition and its demands.   Collaboration of plans, ideas and goals often provide the sticking glue for their relationships. In this way, the relationship can be viewed as a long term investment, with expected bountiful results for all their combined efforts.  The Page of Pentacles will need a partner who accepts and understands his long working hours, or the frugality of their lifestyle while he is working his way to the top or building his empire.   Then again he will chose a partner who will be happy to support him or work alongside him during his climb to success. His partner, may also be making their own individual climb to the top which will again yield excellent results. We must remember that The Pages are young and only at the beginning of their journey.  The Page of Pentacles may appear older and more settled when compared to the other Pages. The Page of Pentacles will seek long-term security in a relationship from a young age. 

The Page of Pentacles often meets his ideal partner at an early stage, and more than likely through college or work because that is where he or she spends most of their time. The Page may also encounter a suitable partner through his connections with outdoor activities and the natural world.  Hill-walking, horse riding or encounters with animals such as in the vets or while out walking the dog.  He is not a mad social animal so is unlikely to be found hanging out till dawn in night clubs, or caught up in a circle of crazy partying.

Career wise, we will find this Page drawn in different directions of study. It may very much depend on the background he came from. There may be a family business, or a family tradition where careers are concerned. He may follow in the tradition of previous family members, especially parents or grandparents.

He can be found in studies of business, accountancy, banking and financial markets.  He likes to work with his hands and create, so building, property development, construction and engineering are firm favourites.  He also is drawn to architecture with its need for fine detail and precision.  When it comes to building and construction, he is likely to aim for high qualifications or specialised skills that represent quality, high standards and expertise.   However, he is a good all rounder, uses his initiative and is very resourceful. He will be able to turn his hand to anything that is asked of him from digging out the foundations to laying the roof tiles. He is the budding apprentice who is on his way to becoming a successful and masterful tradesman.

He will also be equally happy studying horticulture, veterinary, agriculture, organic farming and environmental awareness. His fondness of animals may find him gaining his apprenticeship in the equine or thoroughbred industry.   He can also happily embark on a career as a personal trainer or sports-person as the Pentacles are keenly aware of their bodies.  However, The Pentacles Page is happier on his own, and not as part of a team, so a career as a golfer or jockey would be preferable. In college he will probably join the Green Party and get involved in any marches against coursing or killing animal for their fur.  In his spare time he will volunteer or fund raise for animal rescue centres.

In Business, The Page of Pentacles represents the planning, or early start-up stage. You may be thinking about going out on your own, or saving before starting your own business.   He suggests that all the behind the scenes necessities of the business are being put in place before the launch. Goals and targets are being set or business plans drawn up.   You may be studying to get the necessary qualifications. Business may very well be starting on a very small scale, from the back bedroom, attic or garage.  Finances will be well tied down, with no waste on superfluous or unnecessary items. Be resourceful and use the tools you have to hand. Your aim here should be to think quality instead of quantity right now. Offer a top quality product or an excellent efficient service.  Start gaining a reputation for your business, regardless of how small it might look right now.  Getting it right at the start and putting all your effort into it now will pay off down the line and business will grow.  However, you must be prepared to work hard and give it all you have. You must be in this for the long run, and not to make a quick profit. Patience will be required of you and the ability to pace yourself.   Be trustworthy in business and keep your word and good name. Keep staffing down to a minimum. Doing as much of the work as you can will help you to learn every aspect of the business. If hiring, make sure to get the best you can afford.  Look to family and friends first as they will not expect any fancy set-ups or arrangements. Neither will they expect huge salaries.  They will be happy to sit in your attic or back bedroom knowing that they are helping you get up and going.  Make sure to start putting away money for a contingency fund so that you will be able to weather any minor storms or set-backs as your business is growing. Don’t be in a massive hurry to get to the top. Let your business grow and develop naturally without forcing or rushing it.  It will be worth waiting for. If you are entering business at a very young age, as many do in these days of on-line technology and marketing, it may take some time before people take you seriously and you can prove your worth.  Be prepared for this and act as professionally as you can at all times. Consistency, efficiency and reliability will be key to your success at such a young age.

The Page of Pentacles in a Business Reading can warn against making any hasty decisions or moves. Where contracts are concerned, examine closely all paperwork and double-check everything. Scrutinize, the fine detail for irregularities or clauses that may work against you.  Only take risks that have been well thought through and can be practically applied to your business. Stay away from get rich quick schemes. Use your common sense and keep your feet firmly on the ground when listening to the sales spiel of those who ask you to part with your hard earned cash.

As a Child, this Page is serious, intense and watchful. He enjoys a healthy appetite and loves the outdoors. Nature and animals bring him great enjoyment and he is often found playing alone in the garden or woods, entertaining himself for hours on end. He can be quiet and deep, and slow to join in on any social occasions. He is diligent and studious in school, keeping his head down and his eye on the ball. He probably does not hang around in a gang, preferring one or two close friends who are like himself. He causes very little trouble as a child and enjoys helping with the household chores.

The traditional description of The Page of Pentacles is that of a child of either sex, an unmarried or single woman, or a young teenager or adult of either sex up to the age of 22 years.  The traditional looks were of dark brown or black hair, with dark eyes of green or brown. The Page of Pentacles is known for his good looks, healthy physique, strong body and friendly smile.  He may appear quiet, intense or sullen looking at times but is very approachable and extremely helpful. He may also appear older than his age as he has a tendency to act in a mature manner. Remember it’s his personality description that is most important and not looks when it comes to interpretation.

Reversed

Page of Pentacles Reversed

Unsuccessful, Lack of Commitment,  College Drop-Out, Skipping School, Learning Difficulties, No Work, Hit by Recession, No Qualifications, Lack of Training, No Ambition/Drive, Underachiever,  No Prospects, Bleak Future, Going Nowhere, Not Pushing Yourself, Doing Nothing to Help Yourself, Self Sabotage, Lack of Effort/Focus/Concentration, Lack of Self-Discipline, Lack of Commitment, Lack of Interest, No Goals, Dropping The Ball, Not Taking Advantage of Golden Opportunities, Financial Problems/Insecurity,  Financial Ruin, Money Worries, Lack of Money, Living on Social Welfare, Accumulating Debt, Squandering, Living Beyond Your Means, Overspending, Splurging, Spendaholic,  No Savings, Setbacks, Delays, Blocks,  Failure to Launch, Bad Start,  Lack of Common Sense, Foolish, Foolhardy, Irresponsible,  Shirking Responsibility, Shoddy Workmanship, No Standards/Morals, Unreliable, Disloyal, Unfriendly, Unworkable Plan/Goal, Poor Preparation, No Groundwork, No Follow Through, Lack of Practical Application, Doomed to Fail,  Impatience, Frustration, Overly Analytical, Too Much Detail, Procrastination, Too Much Up In The Head, Stagnation, Lack of Productivity, Insecurity,  Workaholic,  Ruthless Ambition, Overdoing It, Over-Studying, Overwhelmed with Work, Obsessive, Possessive, Jealousy, Greed, Materialistic, Mercenary,  Having and Getting, Money Mad, Work Shy,  Slacker, Quitter, Drifter, Lazy, Sloth, Shoddy Work, Cheap, Tatty,  Money Mad, High Maintenance, No Fun, Boring, Un-Healthy/Sedentary Lifestyle, Unhealthy, Sedentary Lifestyle, Weight Gain, Poor Hygiene, Unkempt, Neglect, Bad Habits, Gambling, Squandering, Risk Taker, Gambler,  Scoundrel,  Shameless, Fortune Hunter, Social Climber, Shallow, Free-loading  Mean, Get Rich Quick Schemes, Scams, Loan Shark, Racketeering, Childhood Poverty/Deprivations, Rebellious, Sullen, Defacing, Vandalism, Littering, Animal Abuse, Worthless Inheritance, Disinherited, Immature, Obsessed with Occult/Earth/Magick (negative)/Divination,

Bad News regarding Money Matters/Jobs/Business,College/Exams/Land/Property/Health

As a News Bearer, The Page of Pentacles Reversed brings disappointing news regarding a job application, pay rise or promotion.  He may bring news about company or business closures and job losses. If you have been hoping to acquire a loan you might receive a rejection letter or phone call.  Calls or mail from debt collection agencies, or there may be stern contact from your credit card company regarding overspending.  You may be accumulating debt or have lost control of your finances.  You may get news of an inheritance you had hoped for or relied on been bequeathed, but it may be less than you expected, worthless or nothing at all. Regarding college offers and studies, news may be disappointing, or you may possibly turn an offer down for one reason or another.  If you are waiting for exam results, then this Reversed Page can suggest failure or disappointing grades.  This is generally as a result of poor application to studies.

Where land and property is concerned, your offer on a property or site might be turned down or your moortgage application may be declined. Surveys of potential land or property may bring news of faults with structures, boundary lines, unsuitable land or lack of planning permission.  In business, your accountant may bring some unsettling news about profits and financial forecasts.  If you have been spending time doing market research and feasibility studies for a new business idea then you may discover that it is not viable. Health-wise, your annual medical check-up may bring results that show you have been neglecting your health.

Generally, The Page of Pentacles Reversed will bring news that causes set-backs, delays or frustrating blocks to moving forward with your plans or manifestation of your Goals.

The Page of Pentacles Reversed suggests financial problems that are totally consuming you at present.  Lack of money weighs heavily on you and you may be at a loss as to how you are going to manage.  Financially you feel unstable and insecure.  You may be worrying about holding onto your possessions, such as house, property, car etc. You may be out of work or struggling to survive on a small wage. Your self-esteem and morale is bound to be low. You may feel you have no prospects and the future may look bleak.

This Card be a sign that you are not too good with money.  You may find it hard to save or stick to a budget.  Failure to curb these tendencies in youth will only lead to bigger financial problems in the future.  It is essential that you live within your means by not overspending.  It may be time to cut up your credit cards and work out a repayment scheme for any debts you have accumulated.  The time to act is now and not let yourself get any deeper in debt.  If you need to free up money, sell some of the expensive clothes and items you have been acquiring and hoarding in recent months.  You really don’t need all those shoes and fancy gadgets.  If you still have the receipts and tags on, then bring them back for a refund. Stop splurging. As a parent you may be worried about a son or daughter who is in debt or are helping them out of financial difficulty. You may also be struggling to put your son or daughter through college and are feeling the financial strain.

When The Page of Pentacles Reverses he can become completely opposite to his lovely, hard-working and focused Upright Self.  He allows either the Element of Earth or Air to go into Extreme. However, when both Elements decide to Reverse, he can become a walking disaster.  If Earth Reverses, we find extreme materialism, greed, possessiveness, having and getting, enough is never enough, workaholic or work-shy tendencies. Reversed Earth can bring about neglect of self and one’s environment, laziness, sloth and lack of ambition. Reversed Earth can bring financial insecurity or ruin for one, or many.

When there is a lack of Upright Air influencing the situation,  we have an undisciplined mind in cahoots with Reversed Earth. Internally there is no inner voice offering the sound of reason or logic. The mind influenced by Reversed or Negative Air does not have the power to issue a warning to stop in one’s tracks, or to proceed cautiously.  There is no common sense applied or feeling the need to give one’s self ‘a good talking to’. The Negative or Reversed Air in the background with the Reversed Page of Pentacles, allows him to do whatever he wants without interceding.  Reversed Air doesn’t look or ask for a workable plan, or to set realistic goals. Like Reversed Earth, it can not apply self-discipline and control over its actions or functioning.  As the mind flits this way and that with no restraint, Reversed Earth too runs amok, attempting to produce or achieve results that make no sense, are ludicrous, foolhardy, totally unrealistic or doomed to fail.

When Negative or Reversed Air dominates, then we can find The Reversed Page of Pentacles doing a lot of thinking about what he wants to do, but with very little practical or physical application.  He may be so consumed with detail, and all the ins and outs of everything, that he cannot get around to actually starting anything.  He may feel he doesn’t know enough yet, has to get yet another qualification before he feels confident to get up and running.  He could find himself never getting to the end of his research, or that he has talked about it so long, he has become bored and disinterested in it.  Negative Air can drag things out for too long, and delay the beginning of something, by having too many questions to ask or too much analysis.  Combine that with an overly methodical and overly thorough Reversed Earth, stagnation can occur. The time is never right to get going. Procrastination takes over from what should be pro-activity and productivity.

The Reversed Page of Pentacles can represent the student who is still in college gaining more degrees and qualifications many years after his fellow students have left. However, the presence of the Page of Pentacles Reversed does not bode well for exams or achieving qualifications. Here we have the student who is not applying himself to his studies.  He lacks commitment and focus.  He may not have set any goals for his future, or lacks basic ambition. He may have thought that college was going to be a place where he would be free and easy, not a place of hard work and study. This Reversed Page can be a slacker in school or college.  He does the bare necessities and hands in late, half-finished  assignments that show his lack of effort and application. His work is shoddy and he has no interest in pushing himself any further.  He does not understand the impact it is going to have on his future for he is immature.

The Page of Pentacles Reversed has a tendency to skip school or drop out of college.  With Air influencing him he may change his mind several times about his choice of career.  He lacks staying power and commitment, so can be found hopping from one course to another as he loses interest easily.  He wants the end result, the qualification, but shrinks from doing the necessary study to achieve it. Frustration and a sense of failure are likely.

His Reversed presence in a Reading can suggest that you are not getting off to a good start in whatever the question is linked to.  A bit like The Page of Wands Reversed, there could be a failure to launch or get going.  This often suggests action without well thought out planning behind it. Prior preparation prevents poor performance is what The Upright Page of Pentacles would tell him.  If you have not done the necessary groundwork, then it will be hard to achieve the results you desire. What you want and what is realistically possible at this stage may be in total conflict.  You need to exert more patience, and be prepared to put in considerable effort if you want the situation to get moving or turn out as you wish.

In The Reversed Page of Pentacles we can find the wealthy college student who is there not because he is ambitious or determined, but merely because his parents are funding it and expect their offspring to go to college. He can breeze through college doing little because there is no personal drive. Mummy and Daddy are always going to look after him regardless.  He probably stands to inherit substantially and does not have the need to succeed that his fellows students have. He does not realise the wonderful opportunity he has, or how privileged he is.

The Reversed Page of Pentacles can also suggest learning difficulties or problems in school or college. You may find it hard to follow instructions or the curriculum. You may be a loner with few friends, preferring to keep to yourself.

Because, this is a Reversed Card, we can have a variation of meanings running from one extreme to another.  The eventual meaning of the Reversed Card is based on the surrounding Cards.  If the Card is drawn as a One Card Reading, it is advisable to draw two extra Cards to place either side of it in order to gain further insight.  This Reversed Page of Pentacles may be unhappy in college, or deliberately uncooperative with his studies.  He may have wished to pursue another career option, one of his own choice, but because of a family tradition has been forced under obligation into studies he has no interest in.  This can make him sullen and rebellious.  There is usually a strained and tense relationship between this Reversed Page and his Father.  The Reversed Page of Pentacles may be tightly controlled by his parents, especially his Father.  He is probably being maintained financially by his Father or parents, and so must tow the line and do as he is bid.  He may find it hard to stand up to his parents and can become quite negative and self-destructive by refusing to apply himself to his studies. He can self-sabotage his potential by dropping out of college just to spite them.  He may become disinherited or cut off from funds, or deliberately set up a pattern of under-achieving, and seeking jobs that are well below his capabilities.

Then again, you may be toying with the idea of going to college or enrolling on a course of studies, but feel you are too old to learn.  You may feel that you didn’t have the opportunity when you were younger or lacked the essential finances.  You may feel resentful about all the things you could have done with your life.  If only you had your time all over again you think. You think wrong. It is never too late to learn or study.  The Page of Pentacles is the constant student who never tires of assimilating knowledge, or sticking his head into books to learn.  There are thousands of college courses that are open to mature students. Learning and studying stimulates the brain and keeps the mind flexed and healthy.  Like a muscle that is not used or exercised, the mind too can shrivel and waste if it does not receive consistent stimulation.  You may find it difficult to get going at first, exactly the same as when you first start to physically work out, but in a very short time you will feel alert and mentally active.  Your brain will be able to store and assimilate more and more as time goes on.  Do not use your age as an excuse to not fulfil a personal goal or dream.

The Reversed Page of Pentacles turning up in your Reading can suggest that you have lost your focus and concentration. You may have lost sight of your goal and have begun to drift.  The Goal (Pentacle) you once found so absorbing, may now be lying under your bed gathering dust, as your plans for the future flit this way and that, changing from week to week. You are too up in your head. Progress has slowed down or come to a complete stop.  The path you chose may be turning out harder than you thought and you doubt your ability to succeed. You are bound to feel a sense of failure and frustration. It is normal to feel like throwing in the towel when our workload begins to overwhelm us or when the finish line is far, far away in the distant future.  If supporting or surrounding Cards are positive, then this is only a minor set-back and you will get your second wind shortly which will put you back in the driving seat, determined and focused once more.  If not, then you may need to give some deep thought as to what it is you want.  You need to examine the nature of your Goal and what it was that first drove you.  Did you set your Goal because it was something that you wanted? Did you do it to please someone else? Was it expected of you? Were you trying to prove something? If your original Goal is not what you want, if you have definitely changed your mind, the it is not too late at this stage to do something about it.  Use the influence of the Air Element to speak up and vocalise your feelings.  You are still young enough to explore other options.

On the other hand this Reversed Page of Pentacles can suggest you are putting in little to help your situation regardless of what you claim to be doing.  You may be sitting back waiting for something to happen, for somebody else to do it for you, or for an opportunity to come knocking at your door.  You need to move on this situation, not sit on it.

As a friend, The Reversed Page of Pentacles can suggest a lack of loyalty and closeness.  You may be too occupied or wrapped up with your own stuff to consider others and their needs.   Your word may mean nothing. You may promise all sorts of things but will find it hard to deliver on them. Don’t fall into the trap of cutting yourself off from friends and family. You could be mean-spirited and slow to offer help to those in need. You might always be missing when it is your turn to buy a round.

As an Upright Page, The Page of Pentacles was ambitious and very materialistic.  As a Reversed Page, he is still ambitious and materialistic. However, there is a a massive difference between the two. Upright, he is conscientious and noble in his approach to success,  but when Reversed, he can become mercenary.  He doesn’t give a damn as long as he gets what he wants.

As an Upright Page, he is prepared to put in considerable time, sometimes years, consistent hard-work, and make sacrifices to achieve his goals. He is prepared to study, and steadily but consistently make his way to the top, or where he wants to go.  He is diligent, industrious and proactive. He sets long-term goals and keeps his focus on them.  He is conscientious, methodical and thorough.  He follows plans that have been carefully thought out and worked through, ensuring guaranteed results and manifestation of them.

If Earth goes into extreme when he Reverses, this can effect him in several ways.

In the Reverse this Page can want all that money can buy, but is not prepared to put in the effort to secure it through hard-work and slow but positive progress.  The Negative aspect of Earth along with The Page’s need for money and possessions, finds a ready and willing partner in a Negative Air Aspect. This scenario creates an undisciplined mind which only too delights in coming up with continuous hair-brained get-rich-quick schemes, which the Reversed Page continually acts on. These schemes are generally doomed from the start, but The Reversed Page of Pentacles seems to fall into a trap of addiction to them.  Just like the gambler who, after losing a fortune in one afternoon believes that the next time he is bound to strike gold and get lucky, and when he does, will make all his money back and plenty more besides.  This rarely happens as we all know, and when it does on occasion, the run of luck is not going to last forever.  The Reversed Page of Pentacles is bound to loose all his winnings on another day of gambling at the tables, or on horses. He finds it hard to accept the concept that if something appears too good to be true, than it generally is.  Because he has not had the experience of working darned hard over a long period of time to acquire such money, he has no respect for it. He craves riches and the good life, but he doesn’t understand what it takes to be successful. He lacks self-discipline and tenacity.  He doesn’t realise that he himself has to make all his dreams come true, through hard unrelenting slog and practical application.

He also entertains unrealistic and over-inflated notions of the outcome of his ventures. He can take reckless risks with money, especially if it is not his.  He gets carried away with the big picture, the Ultimate Prize, and wants to get there as fast as he can.  As a result he has a tendency to overlook the small details. He doesn’t stop to think it through or worry about potential pitfalls.  A Negative Influence of Air can give a restlessness and impatience about him to move fast on something he believes is a sure thing or a winner.  He can also drag others in with him too by using his influence of the Air Element to make it sound an extremely attractive and lucrative idea.  The Page of Pentacles Reversed can easily lose the shirt off this back, and cause the ruin of those who believed and invested in him.  If The Page of Pentacles Reversed does not sort himself out at this early stage by applying some discipline and self-control, he could very easily end up with gambling problems in later life which will destroy him on every level.  He needs to ground himself and come down to Earth. He needs someone to hit him with a hard slap of reality and bring him to heel. He has to come round to the understanding that very rarely do windfalls and big prizes fall into our laps all of their own accord.  Yes, there are people who go from rags to riches after a big win on the lottery but the majority of people need to work hard to make a living or treat themselves to the odd luxurious item or holiday.  The Page of Pentacles Reversed can have a problem accepting that he has to earn his money just like everyone else.  He can often feel that work is beneath him or that he was born to better things.  He needs to still his mind and get his finger out for this is no way to be living.  It is a one way street to financial disaster and doom.

The Page of Pentacles Reversed can be known as a scoundrel who is constantly in pursuit of material gain at the expense of other’s misfortune.  He has a nose for sniffing out where easy money is most likely to be found and taken advantage of.  He can be found wheedling his way into affluent social circles as the apparent successful, and financially secure, young up-and-coming person. In reality, he is penniless but few would guess. He can pretend he is someone he is not.  He seeks success and wealth off the back of others by hanging around them.  He believes that by being in the presence of successful people, some of this success will rub off on him.  When asked what his plans are for his future, he can dazzle people with his incredible plans and apparent ambition.  This is a man who likes people to think he is going somewhere and that they are lucky to be making his early acquaintance.  As a result, The Page of Pentacles Reversed can often worm his way into the company of people who are happy to be his patrons; pay his way, pick up the tab for him in restaurants, include him in their social occasions and take him free of charge on holidays with them.  He rarely puts his hand in his pocket for anything and certainly does not feel embarrassed by the generosity shown to him.  He can cruise through the early part of his life, living at every one else’s expense, believing it his due.

Ambitious and materialistic like his Upright Counterpart, he can become obsessed with climbing and acquiring when extreme Earth is driving him. Therefore, he can become an out and out workaholic who cannot cut off.  Work consumes him, leaving very little left of him for anything else.  However, in his Reversed Aspect, he is quite happy with this scenario.  Here is the successful up and coming young business person who is going to the top.  His desire to build an empire, and to be extremely wealthy, over-rides everything else in his life. His wealth or income will begin to accumulate from a very young age but he rarely gets time to enjoy any of it.  Enough is never enough with him. He needs to make more money, open another business, purchase more land, more property.  He wants to own everything. There are only two sides to this Reversed Page and they are ruthless ambition and consuming materialism. He is a hard task master and expects the same output, loyalty and unrelenting drive from any who decide to join his team. He will always put work and business before relationship, family and friends.

The Reversed Page of Pentacles, again like his Upright Counterpart is drawn to the esoteric world and metaphysics. However, he can become obsessed with it all.  His interest in the occult can find him joining secret organisations or studying ancient arts, some undesirable. He can become a master of divination and magick, or one who can not move an inch or make a decision without consulting the crystal ball, psychics, mediums and Tarot Readers. He is likely to dabble with Ouija boards and seances.  He can be secretive about his interests and abilities, or can bore the pants off everyone by constantly talking about them.  His obsessions can leave him ungrounded as he steps too far over into another dimension. He loses his contact with Earth and forgets that he is living in the physical.

Another form of obsessiveness can develop in the Reversed Page of Pentacles. The Page of Pentacles likes to acquire things. From a very young age, he can start collecting things, be they comics, toy cars, model trains, stones, fossils, stamps or coins.  He may become obsessed with seeking out and acquiring more and more. As he he grows and matures, so too do his collections, along with new ones such as art, rare books and antiques. He can be found at auctions spending considerable amounts of money to secure the desired items he wants to possess.

In Relationships don’t expect a lot of effort and input from The Page of Pentacles Reversed.  He can be despicably lazy. He prefers an easy going situation that doesn’t expect much of him.  He finds it hard commit or keep his word, so you are bound to be let down and disappointed.  This is the guy who says, ‘don’t worry, I will be there, you can rely on me’, and then forgets all about his promise two hours later or just can’t be bothered to keep it.  He may very well have good intentions at the time of making the commitment, but finds it hard to follow through. He can easily get distracted, absorbed in what he is doing, or think too much about himself and his needs.  Therefore, there can be the tendency to selfishness and self-absorption.

The Reversed Page of Pentacles often seeks a partner who will look after him. A mother figure, who will feed him, care for him, sort out his problems, and fetch and pick up after him. He may have been spoiled by an over-attentive mother who did everything for him and now you have to suffer the consequences of all her cosseting.  This Reversed Page may also be looking to be kept; as in bed, board and financially.  He can seek out partners with money, assets and resources, and then free-load for as long as he can.  He usually has a convenient spiel about paying back or returning the favour when he has secured a job, promotion, or when he sets up his ‘sure thing’ business enterprise.  He may refer to money that is coming to, or due to him from land, property or a possible inheritance.  Whether there is any foundation to his claims is debatable if not doubtful, but he may sound convincing.  The Page’s partner may fall for this and be happy to support him until his ship comes in. In the meantime, The Page of Pentacles Reversed can be content to sit on his backside, taking, taking and taking, while offering very little in return.

In his very Negative Aspect, he can be shameless about taking his partner’s money, and sometimes when it has not been offered.  He can sneak money from purses or wallets, just enough so that it won’t be noticed.  He constantly needs money for one thing or another and can be underhand in how he goes about obtaining it.  This Reversed Page will squander his partner’s resources very quickly.

Staying with this theme, The Page of Pentacles Reversed has no problem seeking and entering relationships based on his partner’s financial status and connections. There may be no love, or even remote interest on his side. However, interest can always be feigned if he wants something.  Sex without love, but for financial or material gain is sometimes suggested. This Reversed Page is high maintenance and wants the good life without having to do much.  He can be drawn to wealthy partners much older than him, even those who are old enough to be his grandparents.  There can often be a scandal surrounding such relationships where the family of his partner object to the inappropriateness of the situation.  They may also see him for the fortune hunter and social climber he is. He may be after his partner’s golden egg, life savings or nest egg. He may even try to wheedle his way into their will.  Lacking respect and basic morals, he is shameless and shallow. He is driven by an obsessional greed and the need to possess.

The Reversed Page of Pentacles can also cause disturbance in the family by forming a relationship with a partner who they consider beneath their social class and status.

The Page of Pentacles Reversed in a Relationship Spread can suggest that you are shunning relationships, or getting close to someone, in favour of your career or work.  This Reversed Page, if he is studying or trying to get a new business off the ground, may have little time for relationships.  He may be a workaholic, and gives relationships or his partner little thought. This Card may be trying to tell you that he is just not interested, or is consumed elsewhere.  He may not be in a position to commit to you.

If you are looking for a partner with prospects or ambition like yourself, then he may not have anything to offer you. His presence in your Reading can suggest that a relationship you have entered has not got off to a good start, or is going nowhere. It may lack depth and foundation, and so may not be able to stand the test of time.  If too much Earth is present it can make for a boring partner who won’t go anywhere or do anything.  He may have little to say for himself and has very basic needs. This relationship can lack a sense of fun and adventure.

The Page of Pentacles Reversed can act as a warning signal in Relationships. The person represented by this Reversed Page, may be showing signs of jealousy and possessiveness with his partner.  We must remember that The Pages are just starting off and have not matured yet, but it can be an early indication of what is to come in the future.  In the early stages of a Relationship, jealousy and possessiveness may be confused with love and concern for a partner. You might think it cute that your partner rings to check up on you every half an hour or interrogates you intensely about who you were talking to or with. You might disregard the occasions you find him scrolling though your phone messages or emails.  You might be right, it may all be very cute and lovey-dovey, but if other controlling and Negative Cards surround this Reversed Page, jealousy, control and possessiveness may become entrenched, and escalate as the relationship progresses.

Healthwise, The Reversed Page of Pentacles can suggest that you are not looking after the needs of your body. Nutrition may be poor with not enough fresh fruit and vegetables.  Whereas the Upright Page, uses the resources that mother nature provides to feed his body, you may be guilty of eating too much processed food out of boxes rather than making the effort to use fresh ingredients.  Ready meals are full of additives, preservatives and hormones.  You could be abusing your body by eating the wrong foods, drinking too much and not getting enough rest or exercise. You may be suffering from exhaustion. His Reversed presence can be an indication that you are not getting out into the open enough or sufficient fresh air.  Laziness and lethargy will be evident. He can act a warning not to become a couch potato and unfit at a young age.  You may have lost your connection with the natural world around you. A visit or trip to the countryside may restore physical and psychological stability.  Studying for exams, working, or both, can leave little time for exercise, but these are the times when you need it most.  Time Management may be lacking.  You may need to schedule some short breaks from the computer or your books in order to get some fresh air.  Exercise is a natural de-stressor and excellent for re-vitalising the system and can help during times of exam and work pressure.

Regarding your environment, the area you inhabit and its surroundings, The Reversed Page of Pentacles may be pointing to neglect or abuse.  This Card can suggest a lack of basic personal and household hygiene.  Because, this is a Page, we may be looking at the sometimes perils of teenager angst or students sharing college accommodation.  Your living quarters may be filthy, you may be unkempt and have a care-less attitude about you.  Boxes with half eaten pizzas left lying under beds or in corners covered in mould and flies, overflowing rubbish bins with sinks and counter tops piled high with dirty dishes, dirty laundry littering the floor and bed linen in bad need of changing may be the type of accommodation you are keeping. This can often be a statement from rebellious teenagers and college students in accommodation. There is often a lack of respect for the property and its contents.  Not much is expected from the Reversed Page of Pentacles in relation to keeping the garden in order as this usually comes with maturity, but it can mark a lack of respect once more for the environment.  It can suggest littering, vandalism and contamination of the environment.  Neglect or an abusive attitude towards animals may also be present.  However, this Reversed Pentacle can suggest a person who is an ultimate loner and prefers the company of animals to humans.

Where work and career are concerned, yet again, there may be bad news.  Job loses or failure to secure work can be an issue.  Your career may be going nowhere or has got off to a very bad start. The Page of Pentacles Reversed can represent the present day climate of recession and lack of employment.  It can highlight the dilemma for college students graduating into a world that cannot offer them employment and the chance to utilise their skills and knowledge.  Except for the personal fulfilment of having achieved them, qualifications and degrees may amount to nothing on the job front . You may have to work very hard or take on multiple jobs just to survive. You may feel there is little financial reward for all your effort.

Unfortunately, this Reversed Page often points to a lack of effort and poor performance. You may have skipped school or college, or possibly dropped out early. You may not have the necessary qualifications to secure the job you are after.  You may not be putting in enough effort to find work. You may be work shy and content to live on social welfare or hand-outs from others. Menial work, work you consider beneath you, or hard manual labour can also be implied.

In the very Negative Aspect, work may be of a shady or illegal kind such as fraud, drug dealing, loan shark, and racketeering.

In Business, The Page of Pentacles does not bode well.  It can suggest your business is not getting off the ground and has had a poor start. Then again, it may have launched successfully but cannot maintain the momentum.  The long-term forecast may not be good.  It is doubtful, the business  will stand the test of time.  Yet again, you must look to the reasons behind this.  Are you attempting or expecting too much too soon? Do you have the necessary qualifications and knowledge? Unfortunately, The Page of Pentacles Reversed can suggest inferior products or services.  You may not have a head for business or lack management skills.  You may not have researched your market well or paid little heed to the small detail.  Business contracts signed may not be worth the paper they are written on when closely inspected.  You may have put no contingency plan in place, leaving your business vulnerable during quite times.  Lack of practical application and hard work may be behind your failing business.  You may have to get stuck in 24/7 in order to save it.

Lost opportunity or have dropped the ball.

Global recession may have hit your new foundling business hard regardless of all the effort put in and monies invested.

The Page of Pentacles Reversed can suggest illegal business dealings or money making rackets and schemes.  Shady businesses set-up to make a quick buck and then disappear over night with investors money.  The appearance of this Reversed Card at a time when you are considering investing in a business or partnership can act as a warning. Go through all paperwork with a fine tooth comb or have a professional third party view them.  Check out all references and testimonials because something is out of order.  You might be in danger of being lured into a scam.

The Reversed Page of Pentacles can suggest financial or physical deprivation in childhood.  Money many have been scarce or non-existant. He may come from a family who are work shy, lack ambition and are content to live on social welfare. There may be a history of gambling in his family. He may have gone hungry and neglected as a child and youth.  Education may not have been looked upon as important in his family. He might come from a background of low achievers. This Reversed Page may be dealing with deep shame and an inferiority complex.  He has a choice. He can either become one of them, or he can rebel against his family background and make something of his life. He can develop and grow into a born loser, acknowledged failure, waster and layabout who is content to live on social welfare indefinitely, or he can use his impoverished background to instil drive and a burning ambition to secure education, qualifications and substantial financial security for his future. Unfortunately, for many Reversed Pages of Pentacles, regardless of any financial success gained as they grow and mature, there may always remain the scars of poverty.  There may be a fear of scarcity, a terror of spending or treating oneself to rewards or little luxuries, and inferiority tendencies .  They can turn into workaholics and spend thrifts, wary, cautious and suspicious of of everyone and everything. They may live in fear of ‘rainy days’ and overcompensate by hoarding. They are afraid to spend and become negative and pessimistic. This will only cause another form of deprivation as they mature, not just for the growing Reversed Page but also for those he becomes involved with, especially in relationships, were he will penny pinch at every available opportunity.

The Reversed Page of Pentacles can suggest problems in school for a child.  There may be learning difficulties or difficulty following the curriculum.  Skipping school, poor attention and application, lack of focus and concentration may all be issues along with a lack of discipline and under-performance.  A child can become rebellious in school or show a lack of respect to fellow class mates and teachers. Expulsions and leaving school early may add to this Reversed Page’s instability and insecurity. One needs to look to the family background to see where this is coming from.

On the other hand, The Reversed Page of Pentacles may have been put under undue or unrealistic pressure to succeed in exams and now rebels against structure, study, careers or society.  He can become rebellious, unconventional and flout family traditions. Much to his parents shock, he may shun the material world and choose instead to backpack around the world, working trivial jobs as he goes. Parental pressure to succeed can leave little time for fun or play.  His childhood may have been all work and no play.  If this Reversed Pentacle grew up in a household of parents and siblings who were neither animal nor nature lovers, this side of him may have become repressed leaving him cold and unstable. Such deprivation would leave this Page with difficulty finding joy or happiness in anything.  A trip to the countryside or volunteering at the local stables could work wonders in restoring him to his natural upright state.

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