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Tarot Card of the Week, Nov.11-17, 2013: Page of Cups

Page of CupsIf a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.
– Rachel Carson

Yet another of our many visits from the Tarot Court Cards this week, as we welcome the Page of Cups.

As you may know, the Court cards of the Tarot are neither as dramatic and spiritual as the Major Arcana’s big life lessons, nor as pragmatic or general as the actions, moods, and energies represented in the Pips (Ace through Ten cards).

Instead, they are much more “people oriented,” and may represent aspects of our own personality, other people who may be affecting the situation in question, or specific activities and energies that have to do with particular social situations.

Traditionally, Pages are messengers, signaling important news. They can also indicate the naive or unripe potential of how the suit may manifest in someone. The suit of Cups, of course, is about the Element of Water, which rules over the subconscious mind, emotion, intuition, dreams, healing, yielding, compassion, and love.

So the Page of Cups is often portrayed as a dreamy youth who gazes in fascination into a goblet that contains some sort of magical wonder. In most Waite-Smith based decks, it is a fish, messenger from the Deep and the subconscious.

As we may recall from our younger days, an encounter with a talking animal may be amazing, but for a child, such events are acceptable and natural.

So this Page is a receiver of messages from Mystery and the realms of dreams. He is not yet in the world of action and transmission, as is the Knight. He may be a catalyst, but mostly he is simply open to the possibilities.

Often, this Page signals our involvement with children. In fact, one time-honored meaning for this card is that it heralds the birth of a child.

This week, embrace the gifts of the children in your life – they are often teachers and “from the mouth of babes” often comes real wisdom.

In addition, the Page may be someone (perhaps you!) who is willing to take the risk of falling in love or is receptive to new friendship. The Page is often fascinated with psychic experiences and may be a beginner in the intuitive arts.

Page of Cups © Robin Wood TarotAlso, the Page of Cups often represents someone who studies art, theater, or music. One of my favorite depictions of the Page of Cups is in the RWS derivative deck by Robin Wood. In it, the page has a painter’s palette hanging from his/her belt. The youthfulness of the Page indicates perhaps a hobbyist, or a novice, with more enthusiasm than experience.

This week is a great time to explore new creative endeavors. Pay attention to your dreams. Focus on beauty, and be open to new ways of developing your intuitive abilities.

Innocence and a willingness to be receptive will be powerful choices you can make in the days ahead. Proceed with a peaceful, gentle spirit, for the Page of Cups is a sweet and loving guide.

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  • November 11, 2013, 1:44 pm mel

    I pulled this card last night. it was past present future spread and this card came up in the future. This morning I was also thinking about the children who were abused, neglected, suffering. I had similar situation as a child but I didn’t see the connection between this card and children, or the child within, until I read this article. Thank you for sharing this and much blessing 11/11 <3 <3

  • November 16, 2013, 8:05 pm Indigo

    i have been clearing my living space, seemed to take a month hiatus & just the other day, found my Oracle cards & Tarot deck. I did an Oracle reading the other night & wish to give the reading as a Christmas gift to my dear friend who sincerely needs inspiration, love and light in his life. Tonight, I did my 1st tarot reading in a very long…too long…while. I feel happy to be back in the game.
    The Page, like some of us, reminds us that youth is in your mind, in your heart. I feel his energy so close to this full moon.