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
It’s been a while since we got a Court card, and what a sweetly tender one to get this week! As a loving antidote to so much fear, rancor, and negativity making news these days, the gentle Page of Cups comes calling.
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, the 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 aligned with the Element of Water, which rules over the subconscious mind, our emotions, 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, a messenger from the Deep and the subconscious.
An encounter with a talking animal may seem unlikely to our grown-up selves. But as we may recall from our own childhood experiences, such events were once acceptable and natural to many of us. In what ways might similar wonders be calling to you again? Do you remember how to open your heart to magic with the innocence and wisdom of a child?
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 would be the other Court cards. He may be a catalyst, but mostly he is simply open to the possibilities.
Who is this in your life? Perhaps an actual child can help you reconnect in this way.
As one of Pixie Smith’s “stage cards,” a dramatic, but happy announcement could come. For example, one time-honored interpretation is that the Page of Cups heralds the birth of a child. Certainly this is a chance to embrace the gifts of any children in your life, for they are often teachers and “from the mouths of babes” often comes real wisdom.
What kindness and love would you like to lavish on your inner child? What magic and delight would refresh you in the days ahead?
In addition, this may be someone (perhaps you!) who is willing to take the risk of falling in love or who is receptive to new friendship. And this Page is often fascinated with psychic experiences. He or she may be a beginner in the intuitive arts. Is this something that interests you?
The Page of Cups can also represent someone who studies art, theater, or music. One of my favorite images of the Page of Cups is in the RWS derivative deck by Robin Wood. In it, there is a painter’s palette hanging from his/her belt. So the youthfulness of the Page indicates perhaps a budding artist, or hobbyist, or a novice, with more enthusiasm than expertise.
What new creative endeavors would you like to explore this week? Dabbling and playfulness are the gifts of the Page, rather than the achievement the Knight would seek, or the mastery the Queen or King would expect.
How might you make beauty, healing and art top priorities this week?
As Rachel Carson so beautifully phrases it, this is our invitation to “rediscover the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.” Child-like innocence and a willingness to be open and receptive will be wise choices. Proceed with a peaceful, gentle spirit, for the Page of Cups is our sweet and loving guide.