It’s been over three years since the Page of Cups came visiting, but we welcome him this week of the Harvest Moon.
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 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, magically associated with the direction of West and Autumn, the first day of which comes this very week.
The Cups rule the subconscious mind, our emotions, intuition, and dreams. They show up around matters that involve healing, yielding, compassion and love.
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 when we are young and open, such events are acceptable and natural. Thus, 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.
Easy-going, trusting and kind, they wear their heart on their sleeve, making this Page vulnerable to those who have hidden motives or agendas.
This card often signals our involvement with children. In fact, one time-honored meaning for its appearance is news of a pregnancy or a child’s birth.
What project or relationship do you want to “baby” right now? What gifts from the children in your life are being offered to you? Remember that they are often teachers and “from the mouth of babes” often comes real wisdom.
In addition, this card may indicate someone (perhaps you!) who is willing to take the risk of falling in love or is receptive to new friendship. The Page of Cups is also often fascinated with psychic experiences and may be a beginner in the intuitive arts. Is this your invitation?
One of my favorite versions of the Page of Cups is in the RWS-derivative deck by Robin Wood. In it, the Page’s belt has a painter’s palette hanging from it. So this may be someone who is a student of the arts, or theater, or music.
This would be a great time to begin new creative endeavors. Are you willing to be the inexperienced beginner? How might you focus this week on beauty, and be open to new ways of developing your intuitive abilities?
Innocence and a willingness to be receptive can 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.