The sphere that’s been a constant
feature in the background of the Feathers’ pips holds a feather, a carved mask
that’s not unlike the one in the Eight, and perhaps the Nine, of Feathers),
another figure sitting in a yoga position, as well as flowers (and possibly
birds?) against the backdrop of the sky.
Can I see any of the
‘traditional’ meanings of the Page of Swords here? Well, the way that the
seated figure is looking at his hands does suggest he’s looking at something he
hasn’t encountered before, so perhaps inexperienced and curious. In terms of
Swords/Feathers, this could be the impulse to learn, taking on new ideas and
seeing how they grow.
In the accompanying LWB,
Margarete Petersen refers to the Son receiving gifts from Mother (sword to cut
through entanglements, which reminds me of the Thoth’s Swords court cards),
Father (compass for direction), and sister/Daughter (courage to jump into the
unknown). The Son uses these to slow down and look back to learn the lessons of
the past, the knowledge of which allows him to be in the present.
In the Feathers’ court cards, the
ever-present sphere is now surrounded by a square frame – as if whatever’s been
shown in the image is being held or contained...