Deirdre of the Sorrows - Page of Coins


As with the 10 of coins, we seem to find ourselves in a bygone age. That was my first thought, but having considered it a little more, I realise we still have schools in the UK whereby the uniform is something associated with the Victorian era. With this in mind we need to consider this card is applicable to all of us, regardless of our background, upbringing or education.

Certainly the whole scene may relate to a public school of some standing. We see the founder is proudly displayed in the middle of the square. It would be very difficult to ignore his presence due to the fact it is so prominent and central with the scene. Two people are walking past the bronze statue. On closer inspection we may find they are tutor and pupil, or two pupils from different year groups. In the foreground we find a young student deep in study, an open book in his hand, his rucksack over one shoulder. A previous card of this suit indicated a possible return to the classroom, so how do the cards differ? In this case there is a serious intensity, whereas the 8 of coins was more relaxed and light-hearted. Therefore the learning indicated on this card will be more involved, and could also be more challenging.

As we are in the suit of coins, we need to bear in mind there is going to be a link with finances or our material side of life. In this case he is very focussed on what he is doing, and is ignoring the coin beside him. Could this show that you need to look at the long term here, and do what is needed in order to bring about material stability? Does it show a wise head on young shoulders – he is prioritising and not allowing himself to be distracted by the trappings of materialism?
He does have one shoelace undone. For now he is standing still, but should he start walking, with the level of focus he is showing, what could happen? Is there something that could trip you up if you are not careful? The untied shoelace is really out of place when we see how sharply he is dressed in general. It is admirable that he is intent on his studies, but concentration must not be lost in other areas of importance.
His rucksack seems to be positively overflowing with papers. Could this show there is a risk he could be trying to take on too much? If so could this curtail his enjoyment of other areas of life. (The saying of “too much work and not enough play” comes to mind).
Going back to what Deirdre has mentioned in the first book, we can see that there is an opportunity for him to benefit from the hard work he is putting in now. He could very well be setting himself up for a worthwhile or well-paid career. How many of us look back on our own school days with a little bit of regret over the fact we didn’t put the work in when we had the opportunity? If you were passing on advise based on your own experiences, what would you be saying to our young Page?

We cannot really gleam much from the two characters as they are walking away from us and the Page. The statue is surrounded by a fence of sorts. Is this to protect the statue from damage etc? Or could it show that the founder was held in such reverence, it is not desired that he be touched in the bronze form he is now portrayed? This is somewhat of a puzzle. I find it hard to believe that the students at this school would be of the mind to cause damage. Besides, the fence is very low and could easily be climbed over should somebody be that way inclined. I believe the latter may be applicable. What does that tell you about the level of respect shown and expected by all who attend the school? Is there something you should perhaps be looking after a little more? Could it be something that if damaged, may well be irreplaceable?