Card of the Day: Page of Swords

Page-of-Swords-editThe card for today is the Page of Swords.

This young man is authoritative, quick to act, and vigilant. The images is inspired by the sculpture of the two friends and Trojan soldiers Nisus and Euryalus (1827) by Jean-Baptiste Roman, which is now on display in the Louvre. The Page of swords connects the earth with the sky, and Nisus the central figure, holds the hand of the dying Euryalus. Euryalus’ body resembles a mound of earth, as if he has already passed into the earth. Nisus and Euryalus have been on a night raid, where they have stolen this shiny helmet, which is to be their undoing. This moment catches them on the battlefield, with Nisus defending them both, and supporting and attending the dying body of his friend.

It’s useful to think of this card as the eternal snapshot of that moment in the story. The page is quick and attentive, as well as a good spy and thief. In this figure grouping, the Page of Swords holds off danger as well as depression or negative thoughts.