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What does the Page of Swords mean?

June 17, 2015

Youth / Page of Swords -- Tarot of the MastersHere is a pithy meaning for the Page of Swords:
One should always be suspicious of facile answers.

A little explanation may be needed here because the word “facile” has several different definitions that have conflicting nuances. For example, it can mean “adroit” or “agreeable,” but those interpretations are not what’s generally meant when one talks about facile answers or arguments. Instead, consider the following discussion of this word:

If you describe someone’s arguments or suggestions as facile, you are criticizing them because their ideas are too simple and indicate a lack of careful, intelligent thinking.
(Ref: http://dictionary.reverso.net/english-cobuild/facile)

Thus, this pithy meaning is about an answer easily arrived at, but in taking that easy path one may have overlooked better, deeper, or more important explanations that a tougher path would lead to. Also, it’s important to realize that easy answers (i.e., easily derived) make us content, and we resist looking deeper.  We got an answer without much effort, so we are happy that we didn’t have to expend much time and energy. We are happy at the small expenditure required, not at the value of the answer, and so we have but the illusion of accomplishment. Be wary of that!

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