Monday, 27 January 2014

The Essential Page

Back in the day, the well-to-do Late Medieval/Early Renaissance family with connections would find a place for their son within the household of the local aristocracy. Daughters? Not so much.

The boys, usually between the ages of 7 and 14 were promptly dispatched to what we fondly call here on the island The Big Hoose.  There they were allocated positions within the 'court'.  Mostly they were apprenticed to Knights or acted as a Very Early Internet System (ie delivering messages).  Their tasks were mainly minor and uncomplicated *thinks of own Son at seven years of age and how

he could barely be trusted to flush the toilet after him at that age.  That's still a work in progress to be honest.)

Imagine being sent away from home at that age, everything would be new and strange - hopefully wonderful, but you'd still be a bit unsure of yourself.  You'd be experiencing all sorts of things for the first time - how to do particular jobs, meeting new people, learning strange new customs and behaviours.....

And at 14? The horrors of puberty and all the 'firsts' that come with that.  The hormones, the burgeoning Knight energy.  Ah puberty! We all recall our own well enough for me to draw a discrete veil over for the reader with the delicate disposition reading this.

Pages are:

  • Small
  • Minor (as in relatively unimportant)
  • Simple (as in uncomplicated)
  • Playful
  • Firsts
  • Inexperienced
  • Young
  • Child at heart
  • Curious
  • Open
  • Childish
  • Unreasonable
  • Messenger

What does the Page represent for You?

Sorry that I've not been around much for a while, but I temporarily lost my muse.  I found her lurking with a folded up £5.00 note down the back of the sofa :)


  1. I've opened my tarot journal and I found:
    innocent - studious -trust -apprentice

  2. Why do I never find £5 notes down the back of the sofa? Not to mention my muse... I like this way of looking at the pages - thanks for the inspiration!

    1. It's generally a race between Sonshine and me to see who can find the goodies hidden in the sofa folds. He's a smart cookie - Page of Swords sort of a child really :-D

  3. I find the student pose quite often with the pages (Druid Craft pages coming to mind particularly). Some seem more HDHD and scattered, some more focused depending upon the artist. Changeability, also. Perhaps pages can reflect a sense of openness and flexibility because of their youth.

  4. Learning, experimenting and practising are all ideas I often see in the Pages. I love the reminder of their uncertainty, though with the Page of Wands that may turn to bluster. And had to laugh at the descriptions of Sonshine :)


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