Andrea has a background in Myers-Briggs and Western astrology. She mostly writes about relationships.
The Page of Cups in Tarot
The Page of Cups is the first face card of the cups suit and it may also be called the Jack or Knave of Cups. The card represents a sweet youth who loves home and family. The youth is very spiritual, but he may struggle in school.
The face cards of each of the suits all have an additional element on top of what is indicated by their suit. The face cards have the following elements:
- Page = Earth
- Knight = Fire
- Queen = Water
- King = Air
Keeping this in mind, the Page of Cups is a water card guided by the earth element. The card represents a resourceful person who is highly intuitive.
The card could represent a child in your family who is naturally drawn to the arts or music. They love to talk about dreams, and sometimes you might feel like they're a psychic. The child is optimistic and seeks to attract happiness.
The Page has a powerful imagination that can create both positive experiences and anxiety. They see the possibilities in everything, and sometimes it is overwhelming how many paths they see before them.
The Page of Cups needs help from a teacher or mentor who has a better understanding of emotions. They need to be encouraged to be compassionate and show love for others.
When applied to a situation, this card indicates an opportunity for artistic or creative learning. You're encouraged to expand your learning and not limit yourself. Through educational development, you will come into contact with people who have similar interests.
Creative opportunities, birth, good news, intuitive messages, curiosity, educational advancement, hope, happiness, announcement, imagination, artistry, music, expression.
New ideas, doubting intuition, creative blocks, seeking attention, indulging, disappointment, canceled events, obsession, emotional immaturity, poor sense of self, sedentary, stuck in a rut, uncertainty, insecurity, fear, dread, hiding talents.
The Page of Cups wears a blue tunic with a floral print, a beret, and a long, flowing scarf. He stands on a beach with waves crashing behind him.
He holds a cup in his right hand. A fish pops its head out of the cup. The unexpected appearance of the fish indicates that creative inspiration will strike at any moment—you just need to be open to creativity.
The images on this card are optimistic. They play off the nostalgia of playing on a beach when young.
The Page of Cups will have different features depending on the Tarot deck. Here are some of the most common symbols:
- The Page in most cards holds a cup with a blue fish in it. The fish and its color highlight that the card belongs to the water element. The card encourages you to consider your emotions, intuition, and relationships with others. By studying the water element, you'll grow artistically.
- The bright flowers on the Page's clothes represent youth, happiness, growth, and beauty. These qualities come from the earth element. This card is like a junior version of The Empress.
- The feather on the Page's hat is indicative of spiritual awakening. Feathers are a symbol for wisdom and communication, which are traits belonging to the element of air. The Page could be considered the Magician's apprentice.
- The waves in the background are like the waves of emotions—again the card is meant to draw on water imagery.
- The Page's youth is a symbol for optimism and opportunity. It's an encouragement to embrace ideas and study them with excitement, rather than be content with boredom or nothingness.
Suits in Tarot
Physical Manifestation (the Body)
Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces
Yin or Yang
Mammals / Beasts of the Land
Head, Heart, Thighs
Throat, Chest, Legs
Arms, Belly, Ankles
Hands, Root Chakra, Feet
Upright Page of Cups
The Page of Cups is a great card to appear in a reading. It is a message of hope and positive change. Try to recall what it was like when you were young and excited to learn something. You wanted to embrace your potential and feed your curiosities. You should still feel this kind of excitement when you're older, but often life's worries drag us down.
You're meant to be excited about life, but perhaps someone or something caused you to be weary and jaded. For your health, you'll need to address your weariness so that you can overcome it.
Think of this card as an announcement that you're on the right path. You may receive good news in the near future, like a scholarship, acceptance to your favorite college, or acceptance to an art residency. You want your mind to be fertile with ideas.
You have the ability to attract good things. It is okay to be happy. Express appreciation when good things come your way. There are answers that will match your questions and vice versa.
Don't be afraid to express love and kindness. The world needs more people with positive outlooks. Be open to healing, rather than avoiding what you know you need to do to live a better, healthier life.
This card is overall optimistic in nature and is meant to boost what you already have. It's a combo card that encourages you to nurture good discipline practices and to also nurture your compassionate side.
Each Page in Tarot asks you to explore a new facet of yourself. The Page of Cups begs you to consider your creative, emotional self. You can do this by:
- Reading new books
- Going to art museums
- Learning to play a new instrument
- Taking up a new form of exercise
- Experimenting with recipes
- Playing new games
- Taking more walks outside
- Going to concerts or symphonies
- Getting into gardening
- Doing household projects
This card reminds you that it's okay to show your emotions and it's okay to dream big. Let your imagination be free. When you're more in tune with your inner child, you'll feel more connected to yourself. This card is about building upon what you already have from the Ten of Cups. The Page of Cups encourages you to continue seeking your providence.
Pages are considered messenger cards, which means you may soon receive messages that are important for your emotional growth. You may be waiting for an important announcement.
The card is often associated with the birth of a child, an engagement, or an offer on a new project. The card carries a degree of surprise to it. You can't anticipate or force these things to happen. Good news will come exactly when it is meant to arrive.
Reversed Page of Cups
The reversed version of the card is intended to be seen as a warning. It's meant to call to attention some of your less beneficial actions and how to turn those around for positive outcomes.
The Reversed Page of Cups indicates you're hiding your creative hopes and dreams. You're burying your talents. You worry others will steal your secrets or look down upon you for your ideas. You're afraid others will think you're stupid.
Sometimes it is a good idea to keep our plans private. This can help us to formulate them and make sure they've been processed a little before sharing. Sometimes other people can interfere with our plans if we share them, or they'll ruin them with their input.
You may want to wait until you've gone beyond the concept stage before you share your ideas with others. You can better present them when you've done more research. Cultivate your concept in secret and then bring it into the open when it's undeniably brilliant.
Fear and Doubt
The Page of Cups can reveal that you're struggling with doubt. You have an idea, but you're not really sure if it will work. Your inner critic is way too strong. It's mocking your dreams and holding you back. You need to tone down the inner critic and pessimism so that you'll feel comfortable experimenting with your dreams.
In artistic endeavors, you need to dare to suck. Don't let failure hold you back. Everyone has shortcomings and mishaps. You have to fall short a few times in order to grow. You're not born into the world knowing everything. You're not born into the world as a professional chef. You have to cultivate yourself if you want to be a wizard in the kitchen.
You're going to fail a few times. It's okay. Keep at it and eventually you'll find success. Listen to your intuition to find out what is at the root of your fear. What is standing in your way? Could it be yourself?
Writers and artists can both run into creative blocks. It's like if you exercise regularly and then end up feeling sore from all the lifting, cardio, and stretching. Writers and artists can feel that soreness in their heads. It becomes unbearable to write down a single word.
You're holding yourself back for a reason. You may need to relax and let go for a little bit. Try not to control yourself so much. You need to enjoy life. You may have turned what you love into work rather than play. You need to foster childlike playfulness in your career and hobbies.
Creatives can't always flex their talents in the spotlight. Sometimes they need to go into the shadows to be alone, to rest, and to allow themselves to reawaken. More than likely they need to let one project or old thought pattern end before they can begin a new creative cycle.
The Reversed Page of Cups indicates the right ideas are there, but you're having trouble putting your foot on the gas. It's okay from time to time to run into these walls. Make sure you're not afraid of failure; instead, you genuinely need a break to catch your breath.
Don't let fear and doubt drive you. Call yourself out if the voice in your head is too pessimistic. That pessimism can ruin things. In particular, it can wreck havoc on your emotions, clog up your intuition, and make your relationships more intense than need be.
Doubt and fear drive you away from what you love. Doubt and fear try to make you think you're less valuable. Don't feed into those lies.
The Page of Cups may represent someone in your life who is emotionally immature. This could be someone who is overly dramatic, over-shares, and makes very big emotional displays. Think temper tantrums, hysterical crying, despondent over little things, and poor anger management. This person struggles to get a grip on most things.
The person could be dealing with too much, or they're simply just young. Emotional maturity is different for everybody. We process our emotions in different ways. We can also backslide into immaturity.
The card could also indicate someone who is overly dreamy and isn't grounded in reality. They put zero action toward getting anything done.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2021 Andrea Lawrence