In the Page of Swords, we stand on the crest of a hill, the bright and beautiful sky before us. A young lad is standing on that hill, his long hair blowing in the breeze. His arms hoist up a large sword... much too large for him, actually... but his face holds a look of determination and force. He seems ready to do battle with whatever comes his way.
To start with, we'll want to disambiguate court cards. They are often the most difficult to read, due to their general nature. It is easier to remember that a court card often signifies a person or entity: the sex of the person may not match that of the court card, but the attitude and persona will seem familiar. If it's clear, however, that the court card doesn't refer to a person, remember to break it down further. First, define what the suite stands for – e.x. Cups generally refers to emotion. Then take the role of that court card and apply it to the suite – e.x. A Page of Cups would be a young juvenile in the world of emotion, just as the Page of Swords is the inexperienced lad of thought. This can help you to decide what the court card is trying to tell you.
Person: The Page of Swords is a page who is just learning what it means to have mental fortitude – to push himself just that extra bit and see what rewards come out of it. He is learning that he doesn't need to say “yes” to everything – sometimes “no” is the best response, even if it seems cruel. He is learning to be honest, even when that honesty is hard to say out loud. He is learning the power of the sword – it can cut through friend and foe alike.
Metaphor: The Page of Swords may be asking you to act as the Page acts – to find perseverance, honest, and mental acuity within yourself. Above all, he asks you to remember that he himself is only a child – if he can pursue these subjects of the mind, so can you! Push yourself harder and further than you've pushed yourself before, and you'll turn up the same astonishment and power that the Page himself revels in.
Here are some things to ask yourself when you see the Page of Swords in your readings. Does the Page represent a person? If so, who? What message or lesson do they hold for you? How do you feel about truth? Can you push yourself further than you have before? What do you think would happen if you did? Can you deal fairly with friend and foe alike?
The Page of Swords is a hard card to parallel – he is nearly singular in what he represents. Thankfully, we can see some similarities in other cards of his suite, namely the Ace and the Knight. The Ace of Swords is what the Page himself is approaching for the first time – you can almost see the boy timidly approach that giant sword and pluck it from the air, ready to swing it. The Knight of Swords is a little further along in his journey in the Swords suite, but he has more negative aspects prevalent in his presentation than the young, inexperienced, innocent Page.