If Aces are the cards of beginning, Pages are something before that. The spark before the match flares, the sharp sweet intake of breath before you say what you’ve been gathering the courage to say. The Page of Pentacles, in particular, is this way – a card of dreams, of longing, of the exact moment between wanting and getting everything you want and finding that it is better than you thought it would be.
Tonight we are young
So let’s set the world on fire
We can burn brighter than the sun
–“We Are Young,” Fun. covered by Little Mix
This idea is exactly the Page of Pentacles, this feeling like something electric vibrating off your skin. I am young, I can do anything. I can burn so bright. Pentacles are the earth suit, remember, so it’s not just money – it’s the material world as a whole. Your body, the ground under your feet, your home. The physical trappings of your life. The Page of Pentacles, when it appears, is letting you know that it is time to undertake something new, something that will thrill you. This is important: this is not a card of fulfillment. This is a card of the very barest bones of something, something that you will have to nurture and nudge and feather all on your own, but. It is a signal that you are ready to do that, and that if you do it – if you put yourself to it meaningfully – you will be so successful, more successful than you ever imagined.
The Page of Pentacles is a starting gun, a flag waving at you to embark on whatever it is you’ve been thinking about. Remember: a card of dreams. Remember: pentacles are the suit of tangibility. The Page of Pentacles is essentially letting you know that you are in a position to make your dreams – previously nothing more than smoke and glitter – into a very real presence in your life. To manifest them physically. The Page of Pentacles is telling you that now is the time for action. You are a coiling spring, something poised and taut, and you have to take that momentum forward consciously. When I say that you are going to make your dreams real, I mean it, but you have to go about it thinking in terms of the earth suit, of materiality. You have to stop dreaming and start thinking in terms of what you must do now in order to make those dreams real. If you keep your head in the long-term, thinking about your eventual goals, you’ll never get there, but if you heed the Page and pull back to your immediate next steps, you will be there in no time. The Page demands concrete action, and planning; that’s why it is the spark before the flame rather than the flame itself: you have to get there. So when you see it, think about what your goal is and hold it tightly in your mind, and then get to work figuring out how you can make immediate, real moves toward it.
(I’m sorry. I’m so sorry. I’m not at all sorry. Make your dreams come true. Ooo-oo-oo.)
It’s difficult to take something as nebulous as a dream and make it tangible, I know that. But the cards will help you out here, if you let them. The Page of Pentacles is a card of learning as well, of acquiring new skills and pursuing new things, and this is probably a good first place for you to start. What will you need to do in order to make your dreams real? What do you need to know that you don’t already? What do you need to do that you haven’t done? It also may be asking you to consider your situation in a different way, learning a new perspective, as it were. All of these things are part of the physicality of working toward your goal, of keeping yourself grounded and rational and actively reaching for what you want. Being young and enthusiastic, full of optimism and confidence and the knowledge that you are fire in your bones, is often dismissed because it lacks commitment, follow-through, dedication. The Page of Pentacles is the signal that it is time for you to marry those two things, to light the fire and then control it, direct it, make it work for you.
The Page of Pentacles reversed means that something is hindering you, getting between you and your dreams, and it could be external or internal. It’s possible that there are things in the world that are physically stopping you from moving toward what you want, but more likely you are sabotaging yourself. It’s easy to dream big, and harder to pin down the weird elusive butterflies of how do I get that thing, and after you try and fail enough times it seems almost prudent to give up. The Page reversed is not an admonition per se, but it is absolutely telling you that you need to first cut yourself some slack, and then get it together. I know that seems annoyingly counterintuitive. I just mean that flailing away at a brick wall and then being upset with yourself for not succeeding is not going to help you succeed. You may need to step away from the situation and reassess what it is you are working toward, and why you thought that thing you were doing would help, and whether you still think that. If you do, and you can figure out where you’ve gone wrong, then Bob’s your uncle, but if you’re having trouble figuring out your next steps, cut yourself some slack. Let yourself breathe and settle, and then look at the situation with fresh eyes.
I’ll be fine, once I get it
I’ll be good
–“Pursuit of Happiness,” Kid Cudi ft. MGMT