If 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
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 often 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 wonder. In most Waite-Smith based decks, it is a fish, messenger from the Deep and the subconscious. As we may recall from our own childhood experiences, an encounter with a talking animal may be amazing, but for a child, such events are acceptable and natural. The 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 may be someone (or 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.
Also, the Page of Cups often represents someone who studies art, theater, or music. One of my favorite 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. In any case, 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.
And don’t forget to Fire the Grid tomorrow morning!