Represented by a young boy, the Page of Cups Tarot card announces the entrance to the world of the royal court of the suit of cups. Pages represent the awakening to the potential embodied by the kings, and they transmit an attenuated vibration of the secrets and mysteries within each suit. Traditionally, the pages were in charge of serving knights, and they acted as messengers or squires. They were loyal servants of influential figures, thus getting involved in all the palace intrigue that surrounded them.
Apprenticeship, imprudence, innocence, adolescence, and youthfulness, these are the words most commonly associated with pages. When a Page of Cups appears in a spread, the usual associations are studies, news, beginnings, and new opportunities. It is important to note that the pages indicate a certain immaturity and lack of experience. Pages represent cleverness and inexperience, and they bring with them adolescent energy, revelry and a hunger for new experiences.
The Page of Cups Tarot card alludes to a dreamer and a somewhat melancholic teenager who is in love for the first time. He only overcomes his shyness when something stirs his kind heart. Inexperienced lovers, passionate romances, and good news will come to your life making you smile and believe in love again. It signifies that your feelings will be going through a time of renewal and change.
Page of Cups Tarot Card Keywords:
Upright: Announcements, birth, creative ideas, good news, messages, the inner child, youthfulness, freedom, creativity, intuition, inspiration, emotions, loving, tenderness, innocent love, sweetness, shyness, dreaminess, new relationships, romance, flings.
Reversed: Repressed feelings, shyness, exaggeration, psychosomatic physical symptoms, emotional instability, conflicts, melancholy, embarrassing candor, self-pity, seduction, excessive flattery, manipulation.
Description of the Page of Cups Tarot Card:
The Page of Cups portrays a young man dressed luxuriously. His suit is blue with red lilies. He is wearing a hat adorned with feathers and a long scarf that gives him an air of mystery and distinction. He is standing alone at the seashore, and the waves act as a mirror for the clear sky. The boy is surprised, and he looking intently at the golden cup that he holds in his hand. Inside of the cup, a little fish is coming out and looking directly at him.
How to interpret the symbolic world of the Page of Cups:
We know that cups represent the emotional and relational situation of the querent. Traditionally, this suit is associated with spring, rebirth, and the romantic awakening of nature. These associations are intensified when we arrive at the court figures. The page is the youngest of these characters and is also the most naive and idealistic of the four and the most likely to become enamored by a person or a cause.
As we can see, he is a young man standing on the seashore. The waves aren’t threatening, nor does the sky announce a storm. It is an active scene, however, due to the movement of the sea that invites you to imagine great ships that are going far away to meet the horizon. The tide tells us that as the waves can change, emotions can also vary from one moment to another, and a storm can be unleashed.
The page is standing his ground, however, and his feet are set firmly on the sand. At the same time, he is absorbed in the small surprise that destiny has given him: a fish that emerges of his golden cup and looks directly into his eyes. Even though this magical fish is out of its element, it represents the psychic energy and the intuition empowering the page to discover its mysteries.
The red color clothes of the Page of Cups Tarot card indicate vitality, passion, and willingness to fight for what he wants. The blue color that predominates in his exterior clothes represents his emotional depth. Some tarot experts say that this page has a strong connection to feminine energy and that in some cases, it could also represent a young woman or a person with a strong inclination towards Venusian energy.
The Page of Cups Lesson: Loving renewal
Over the years, breakups, misunderstandings, and disappointments tend to cause us to lose the innocence that we had during our first love. We become cynical and fearful, and we often miss new opportunities out of fear. How many times have we unfairly brought back old issues and sabotaged new relationships with a completely innocent person?
Repression of our feelings can also affect other relationships and activities. Our traumas begin to direct and control our lives, causing us to lose our freedom to dream and start over. When we are children nothing seems to discourage us. Every day is a new opportunity to be happy… a wonderful challenge! We believe we are capable of conquering any obstacle that stands in front of us. However, when we become adults, we gradually lose the flexibility to understand that the things that we have built (our traditions, our beliefs, and our careers) are only a tiny part of who we are.
Just as every spring, nature allows itself to sprout again, your creativity and your positive attitude can help you rebuild a new and happier life for yourself.
Do you let your fears and phobias control your life?
Are you afraid to start a new project because you fear others opinions?
When was the last time you thought about your goals?
Make plans, organize, and dare to rethink your life. Above all, dare to dream again. You can be happy if you work towards it.
The upright position of the Page of Cups Tarot card:
When a card appears upright, it’s usually manifesting its most positive messages and teachings. In the case of the Page of Cups Tarot card, it conveys the promise of novelty. Prepare yourself for the unexpected, a sudden outburst of creativity, love, passion, and new friendships. This is not a wise man like the Hermit, but a boy in love, a dreamer whose intuition and introspective personality fill the spread with his hunches.
This card also signifies a tremendous talent that is awakening inside of you, fostering great creativity, inspiration, and intuition. It is time to explore your artistic vein and rediscover the talents you had put on hold. Follow your dreams! The conditions are perfect for you to succeed in any activity you undertake so long as you manage to discipline the volatile heart that characterizes you at the moment.
Trust your instincts, try new experiences, dare to open up and say yes to that person who has invested a long time courting you. The Page’s innocence can help you forgive and resume relationships that you once considered finished. It is a new opportunity to know your own talents and approach others through emotions.
Positive messages, births, new projects, commitments, and positive emotions are some of the omens that the Page of Cups Tarot card brings. Try to manage your emotional responses with a bit of logic. Don’t let his youthful vibe take away your judgment. Instead, use that energy as a fuel to make your new projects bloom.
The meaning of the upright Page of Cups Tarot card when it comes to:
A new romance comes to your life. It is possible that this new lover is younger than you, or that they show the behavior and attitude of a younger person. Although they may seem a bit immature or inexperienced, this person will fill your life with an innocent love reminiscent of your adolescent years. If you have a significant other, this card could be announcing a pregnancy.
Look for relaxing activities that can give peace to your body and your mind. Face your sorrows with creativity through innovative treatments and meditation. In this way, you can experience miraculous improvements using the power of your mind.
Good news! Your imagination, creativity, and ability to follow your hunches are bearing fruit. Follow your instinct, and you will find great rewards, a better job, and new investment opportunities that will unexpectedly come knocking on your door.
Prosperity, good fortune, business success, and possible salary increases. You will be able to pay debts and enter contracts that will be of great benefit to you in the future.
The meaning of the reversed position of the Page of Cups Tarot card:
When the Page of Cups Tarot card appears reversed, it can signify a gossiping and deceptive person. Alternatively, we are facing a time of immaturity, or we are showing our lack of experience in the face of the challenges and difficulties that have arisen. Problems with addictions, escapist tendencies, and insecurities are some of the typical manifestations of this card.
You may be in an environment of abuse or neglect. Even worse, you might be negligent with yourself and your self-care. In this case, the card appears to indicate you have to work on your self-esteem. You may be experiencing emotions that are out of control, causing emotional outbursts, violent temperament, and aggressiveness. A dark facet of your character comes to light.
The meaning of the reversed Page of Cups when it comes to:
The immaturity and lack of commitment of your current partner may be leading the relationship to an end. Egocentrism, a tendency to exaggerate, histrionic behavior, and selfishness may be damaging your relationship. Leave behind your differences or this can be the end.
It’s time to visit the doctor for a checkup. You have acted irresponsibly with your health, and this is starting to take a toll on your body. Manage your emotions more positively and channel negative feelings with creative activities. In this way, you will be able to prevent your emotional pains turning into a physical illness.
You need to work on your self-confidence because even though you enjoy the admiration and respect of your colleagues, you don’t seem to believe you deserve it. Artists can be going through a creative block. You will be more successful in searching for a new job if you show a more mature attitude. You have already lost opportunities because you have not taken things seriously.
You are plagued by risky ventures, lack of planning, or bad investments. You spend money faster than you earn it! Try to take care of your finances and beware of unscrupulous advisers.
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