Incidentally, Luna began her transit through Sagittarius, today, and dwells in her 20th mansion (about which astrology weekly says: “it helps for the taming of wild beasts, for the strengthening of prisons, it destroys the wealth of societies, it compels a man to come to a certain place”). The phrase “it compels a man to a certain place” especially caught my eye. The Page of Wands, reversed, personifies the shadow side of Sagittarius: blind optimism, tactlessness, restlessness, and frivolity. In an abstract sense, he brings bad news, delivers good news with poor timing, and generally has to eat his words.
When the Page of Wands appears reversed in a spread, we have a hard time owning our full potential. We put off the work we know we need to do, making excuses along the lines of being too busy fulfilling other obligations. We step on other people’s toes, or disregard their feelings entirely in taking an impulsive action.
Today, I overheard a conversation that pretty much sums up the shadow side of Sagittarius, and the characteristics personified by the Page of Wands reversed. A man who runs a catering business was meeting with prospective clients about servicing their wedding, at a local coffee shop I happen to frequent. He began to complain about the business practices of the owner of that coffee shop. He claimed that she sells coffee that is locally roasted, but for a higher cost than what is available at the cafe owned by the roasting company itself. He ended this claim with the question, “Who does that? Why would people come over here to pay more for the same thing that’s over there? I don’t get it.” The truth is, she serves the coffee for fifty cents less per mug fill than what the cafe sells it for. All the other beverage prices are comparable. So, not only did he give false information, he was potentially affecting the decision of his prospective clients as to whether or not they would visit this coffee shop in the future. It sounded to me as though he was actively discouraging their patronage of the coffee shop. He has an arrangement with the owner of the coffee shop that allows him to have these meetings with clients, sharing a business space with her. So, who openly speaks ill of a person with whom they have an ongoing professional relationship? Who does that?
The Page of Wands in shadow, that’s who.
It also seems like the Page of Wands reversed works to expose unethical actions, like the little kid who finally says out loud: “The Emperor isn’t wearing any clothes!” I am reminded of how, today, congressman Lamar Smith, (an author of the SOPA bill), was discovered to have used a photograph on his own web site without crediting the photographer, thus violating the very law he wrote and proposed to congress (see the story at addictinginfo.org).
Have you noticed the Page of Wands reversed at work, today?