Tarot Card of the Week: Page of Cups

The Page of Cups indicates either a person within the querent’s life, or the self-positioning of the querent towards the situation being considered. As a Court card, the Page of Cups is always personal, and although much is made of the potential quandary that Court cards can pose for readers, the only question that really must be asked is: “Who?”  This does not alter if a Court card lands in a situational position within a spread.  Rather, you can rest assured that someone, somewhere, is doing something!  Think of these cards as verbs:

`When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, `it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’

`The question is,’ said Alice, `whether you can make words mean so many different things.’

`The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, `which is to be master – – that’s all.’

Alice was too much puzzled to say anything, so after a minute Humpty Dumpty began again. `They’ve a temper, some of them — particularly verbs, they’re the proudest — adjectives you can do anything with, but not verbs — however, I can manage the whole of them! Impenetrability! That’s what I say!’ (Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass, Chapter 6: Humpty Dumpty.)

In the lexicon of the Tarot, Court cards are too action oriented to be bossed around.  They mean what they mean to do!  Haughty and proud, they are their own masters.  So where the other cards, including the Trumps, are often best thought of as moods or themes (adjectives), or as consequences, events, or happenings (nouns), Court cards are embodied persona that result in definitive actions (people doing stuff, i.e. verbs).

In the case of Page of Cups, there is a high probability that the intensity of someone’s emotions is being overlooked.  Pages are like children, and childhood is a temporary state.  However, few adults are cognizant of this fact when dealing with them in the day-to-day.  To put this strongly: if adults were conscious of the fact that the child will one day be a fellow adult — which is to say, an equal – many of the indignities that children suffer would never come to pass.  Rather, most adults see children as forever children, as in the statement: “You will always be my baby.”  While such a sentiment is understandable, it doesn’t reflect reality.

Children watch adults for cues as to how they should behave and emulate them for good or ill.  They also grow into adults who later hold their past authority figures accountable.  One would then be wise to consider the full impact that one may be having on another person’s psychological well-being.  The Page of Cups is sensitive, innocent, and full of love – to neglect such sensitivity is to set oneself up for regret and heartbreak later on down the road, not to mention the damage that it does to the Page.  The force of his/her emotion is bigger than s/he is… for now.  According to this reading, the Page may either be you, indicating that your emotional landscape is being overlooked by those around you; or another, counseling you to take heed and be more aware of the fragility of another.  If you doubt it, look harder.

Dali represents the Page of Cups as a young nobleman.  Possessing an innate predisposition towards the arts and the finer things in life, he raises a goblet to toast his entrance into society.  A fish leaps from the goblet, symbolizing the liveliness and potential innate to the Page; his power is his emotional investment in the future.  Peach smudges the space around him, leading to a decorative fan-like design to further announce his arrival.

The alternate and far more traditional reading of this card is that one is starting a relationship in youthful and, perhaps, naïve abandon.  The Page is a fragile energy that points to the future with optimism.  When the Page is emotional in nature, extra mindfulness is needed.  One would do well to pay heed.

Finally, at its most base level, this card can signify a young child with either a lot of Water in his/her astrological chart, or who is a Water Sun sign: Cancer, Scorpio, or Pisces.

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**While all manner of comments are welcomed, any further information pertaining to art history, symbolism, myth, cultural reverberations, and Tarot card meanings that traverse decks or lend especial light to the Universal Dali deck, specifically, are actively sought and encouraged.  I’m not using a book for these descriptions, so I may miss a reference that bears mention in relation to a card.  If you know something, please share it!

Conversely, I actively negate the astrological significations of the Trump cards within the Universal Dali deck in favor of the more traditional Thoth.  My plan is to tackle the astrological significations of the Universal Dali Trumps and their overt divergence from all norms in one article… after having described each card.  That’s a ways off.  ;)

The Pages: Page of WandsPage of Swords

The Court of Cups: King of CupsQueen of Cups

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