The Pages and the Knights


The Page of Swords represents thinking

We’re now working on the Court Cards for the Cultural Revolution Tarot and we’ve decided to go with children in our depiction of the Pages. For those not in the know, the Pages come before the Knights, and for the Knights we’ve drawn the Knight of Wands as a communist soldier, flag in hand and pulling the pin on a hand grenade (wands are associated with the element fire). For our Knight of Swords, we have a communist soldier evading the gunfire of a McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II, although initially we had him being chased by a Chengdu-J7 only because we wanted to incorporate Chinese vehicles into our cards. With Swords being associated with air, we felt that an airborne vehicle of some kind would be appropriate, but it wouldn’t make sense for a Chinese communist to be chased by a Chinese Chengdu-J7, which is why an American plane was chosen. The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom 2, while not essentially being used in China itself, was used against Viet Cong.

In the Knight of Pentacles we have a tractor used in the cultural revolution, and in the wands we have a Chinese military tank. I think you can see where this is going. Traditionally Knights in Tarot and medieval life, are associated with horses, but more specifically, they are involved with movement. With an Army Tank, Fighter Jet, Tractor and……well the Knight of Cups is still to be completed, you can see that we’ve replaced the traditional horses with cultural revolution vehicles.

The Pages represent emotions, announcements and births. We felt that representing the Pages as children, this was closest to the birth aspect of the courts and traditionally the courts are the youngest of the courts in the Tarot.

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