Pages are the explorers of their suit, the askers of awkward questions and the tarot messengers. The Page of Cups is the explorer of emotions. He asks you to delve down deep and fish out your true feelings. He asks, “Why?” and “How?” all the time. If you can humor him and hold up your emotions to the light, you might find that many of them are based on fear and untruth.
The Page of Cups is a young man standing on a platform with a swelling ocean behind him. It is quite possible, like many of the Rider-Waite cards, he is actually on a stage performing for us, showing us with a story or a metaphor how he can help us.
The Page is dressed in a blue flower-embroidered tunic. His shirt and leggings are pink, suggesting that he could be a girl or a boy. His large blue hat has a flowing scarf attached to it. His left hand rests on his waist, and his right hand holds up a large golden chalice. He is gazing at a fish that is staring out at him from the cup.
The Page of Cups is a young person – either a child, a teen or an adult with a childlike outlook. He is gentle-natured, easygoing and likely to be interested in the creative arts. He may be an artist, a poet, a songwriter or an actor. He has a well-developed intuition and a sense of playfulness. He is a daydreamer; quiet and occasionally moody. He can spend hours reading or playing games, lost in his world.
This Page forces us to examine why we feel the way we do. Imagine a child asking, “Why are you sad, mama?” You can’t lie or gloss over the question either — you must face your emotions to see if they have a basis in truth. Sometimes when he appears in a reading, it may indicate that a message will arrive for you. This message is often connected with family or friends.
He may represent the seeker or someone close. Depending on the position of the card, he could be telling you that you need to take on certain Page of Cups characteristics to enable you to deal with the current situation.
Should this card appear reversed, then it’s possible there is a young person is in distress. Perhaps they are depressed or the victims of bullying. Alternatively, it could mean that someone is acting in a shallow and callous manner. One last meaning is that an older person may be suffering from memory loss or dementia.
Interpretations in Various Areas of Life
The Page of Cups is a willing apprentice, but only if his heart is in the work. He is well-suited to the creative arts and will also enjoy being involved in animal care and beauty therapy. He is good at creating a rapport with people of all ages. His energy levels aren’t very high, so he needs to have space and time to himself when the working day ends.
If you are a Page of Cups personality, then look for work in a caring capacity. You need an emotional connection either with people or animals. You would also be excellent, when older, in any profession involving counseling.
In a financial reading, the Page of Cups indicates there could be an improvement in the flow of money. You may receive a message or letter letting you know that someone cares about you and is making a gift of money or a bequest in your favor. Otherwise, the Page of Cups is not particularly motivated by money.
Love is the forte of the Page of Cups and, in a romantic reading, tells you that a new love interest is on the way. He could also be telling you that conception is imminent or has taken place, particularly when combined with the Eight of Wands, Ace of Cups, Empress or Queen of Pentacles.
The Page of Cups represents first love, that glorious young love that consumes and fills you with joy. It is like a rosebud, perfect in its innocence. If you can, capture this feeling so that you can call upon it later in life when you are in need of a happy boost. The ending may be sad, but the joy can be kept in your heart forever.
In an established relationship, the appearance of the Page of Cups signifies a deepening of an emotional bond and perhaps suggests that a vacation would be an ideal way to reconnect with each other.
The Page of Cups is very spiritual. In fact, that’s his purpose. Connecting with your inner being is important. Understand how emotions well up from inside, how they are formed initially from thought and how you can recognize whether they are to be acknowledged, acted upon, expressed, or discarded as unnecessary fears.