As a reminder, the suit of cups is driven by feminine energy and channels the power of emotions and feelings in every shape and form. Scholars and academics have connected the suit of cups to the classical element of water, and most of the cards from that suit embody the symbolic attributes of this element, one way or another.
Minor Arcana card: the Page of Cups
The Page of Cups in the Rider Waite Smith tarot deck is a pretty and almost androgynous young adult man holding a cup or chalice in his right hand. A fish seems to reside in that cup and rears its head up to look at the young man.
In this card from the suit of cups, he is standing on a shore (hard to tell if it is meant to be a river or the sea) and we can see water flowing behind him. In colored versions of the RWS deck, his main tunic and hat are deep blue like water in traditional imagery.
In his book, Waite described the young man from the minor arcana, as being effeminate, and the picture itself is rather ambiguously androgynous. Regardless, several modern tarot decks and variations around the rider deck have turned the Page of Cups (and all the other pages) into females, to restore a kind of balance and parity to the court cards.
The positive elements of the Page of Cups
The fish coming out of the chalice held by the Page of Cups is clearly meant to seem unlikely and implausible when you notice it. As such, it represents the intrusion of dreams into the real world under the impulse of the Page. Dreams are usually the most abstract and raw way to express emotions, and this is why they are usually connected to the Page of Cups in the tarot.
By filtering these dreams into the real world, the Page of Cups also represents the inspiration of artists and poets, turning emotional messages into art, while keeping a curious and open mind in order to absorb new ideas and concepts that will then create new dreams in a never-ending cycle.
Finally, the Page of Cups also represents one of the most effective ways to make sense of one’s own emotions and inner feelings, namely spending some time alone in meditation.
The negative elements of the Page of Cups
One of the downsides of the Page of Cups is that someone that constantly lives in a daydream, or channels raw emotions without any desire to filter them or tone them down, can easily be considered emotionally immature.
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Also, the way they trust their own feelings and dreams more than reason or common sense can make them stubborn in their refusal to admit clearly defined arguments, even with tangible proof.
Page of Cups and love
The Page of Cups is often very beautiful, and they know it. As such, they can be extremely sensual and seductive in love, but will easily shy away from any sort of commitment.
They will, however, readily share their feelings and open up about their heart. They might not be ready to “put a ring on it”, but at least they will usually be honest and upfront about it.
The Page of Cups is a good candidate for the Querent card if he or she embodies the beautiful dreamer archetype, an introvert in a large social group that will more readily open up when alone with someone else.
Final thoughts on the Page of Cups
The youngest of the four court cards in the suit of Cups, the Page of Cups is the incarnation of the water of dreams and emotions as it starts flowing into the world. As such, they are very charismatic, though they usually stay quiet until the crowd fades away and there are fewer people around. They represent the aspect of youth that would rather live in their own minds and dreams because the outside world is too bleak and cold for their emotional warmth.
Young man or woman, charismatic, daydreamer, imaginative, idealist, and seductive.
Reversed: Stubborn, immature, avoiding commitment, bizarre.