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The Page of Cups Tarot Card’s True Meaning: Love, Health and Money
The Page of Cups, the eleventh card in the Cups suite, appears when you need to know that it’s okay to let the childlike side of your personality come forward.
An uplifting, encouraging and overall positive card to find in a spread, it may also indicate that a great romance is waiting for you right around the corner… likely with someone who is quite a few years your junior.
A symbol for childlike wonder and imagination, The Page of Cups is a clear sign that you’re arriving at a turning point with respect to self-awareness and the evolution of your inner core. When making decisions at this time, you more than ever need to trust your instincts and follow your heart.
- Elements: Water and air
- Planet: None
- Astrological sign: No astrological attribution
- Key dates: Summer
Visual Elements and Symbolism
In the traditional Rider-Waite deck the Page of Cups illustration depicts a young man, attired in blue, holding a cup with a fish peering over the top of it, looking as if it’s trying to engage the young man in conversation.
The fish represents the subconscious mind or spirit, while the blue hat the man wears symbolizes his calm yet curious, almost childlike nature. The red fabric of his clothing is a metaphor for passion, while the floral print symbolizes an artistic, highly creative personality.
The young man’s interest in the fish represents the innocence and curiosity we possess as children. The fish, out of water and seemingly eager to communicate, can also be interpreted as a symbol of knowledge being imparted to the man’s naive and trusting young soul.
The Page of Cups as a Person
This is someone who is highly intuitive and sensitive to the entire world and various dimensions around him. They have a loving, gentle and warm personality and a strong desire to be around kindred spirits, who help them to feel needed and special.
Highly creative and emotional, Page of Cups people can be as shy as they are keen to avoid conflict, although they won’t back down from a fight, if a fight is what’s called for.
The Page of Cups Upright: Positive Meanings
In a general context, all the Pages of the tarot are messengers, and the message coming from the Page of Cups is all about love, respect, intuition, and creativity.
He’s likely to bring you happy, good news, be it that someone you’ve longed for romantically now feels the same about you, or perhaps you stand to inherit a fortune from a distant relative.
Regardless of the actual message, having the Page of Cups appear in a spread is a welcome sign.
Love and Relationships
The Page of Cups is a good omen in a love reading as it portends something major is in the works, be that a marriage proposal, a pregnancy, birth, or the announcement of an engagement.
If you’re single, the Page of Cups indicates that a secret admirer is about to come out of the shadows and make themselves known to you. This individual will be hugely attractive to you sexually, and will probably be much younger as well.
If you’re in a relationship you need to start being a little more romantic and spontaneous, as your union is in danger or growing tired and old.
If you’ve been waiting on a job promotion to come through, finding the Page of Cups in your spread is a call for action.
Grab the bull by its horns and be proactive. Is your career taking you where you want to go? Are you doing what you want with your present job or simply floating, hoping that you’ll somehow land in the right spot someday?
Step back and take a good hard look at your career path and decide what, if anything, could stand to benefit.
Financially, this is a nice card to find in a spread as it usually indicates good news for your wallet. However, you need to be very careful with any investments you’re considering at this time and exhaust all your research options before committing your hard-earned cash to any enterprise.
This isn’t to say this is a bad time to make new investments — in fact, it could be a fantastic time. Just remember to approach any such opportunities with great caution.
More so than ever, you need to listen to your body. You could find your health suddenly — and notably — compromised at any time now, so for the foreseeable future you’ll have to take the utmost care of yourself.
If you feel any little aches or pains, don’t delay visiting your doctor and having them checked out. This isn’t to say that you should never leave the house for fear that something terrible might happen, but perhaps it’s also not the best time for you to engage in strenuous or risky physical activities.
The Page of Cups Reversed: Negative Meanings
In reverse, the Page of Cups indicates a lack of motivation. Because of this attitude you are missing out on potentially exciting events and opportunities that would get you out of your rut.
Keep your mind and heart open to new people and concepts as they are potentially life-changing. In other words, when in doubt just say yes.
Love and Relationships
In a love reading, the Page of Cups reversed suggests you have become overly sensitive and needlessly insecure about your relationship. This has grown out of hand and is proving detrimental to your partnership. You need to curb this unreasonable and uncalled for behavior fast, before you destroy an otherwise a healthy relationship.
If you’re single, it could be because you keep holding out for someone who is unattainable…
While you may be prepared to wait as long as it takes to see your passions for this person realized, you’re doing yourself a disservice. For starters, you’re never going to form a union with this individual to begin with, and two, by continuing to hold on to the hope that you might, you’re missing out on finding a meaningful relationship elsewhere.
If you’ve been waiting to hear back about a new job or promotion, having the reversed Page of Cups appear in a spread is an indication that it may not be forthcoming.
If everything has been going smoothly with your career, just keep doing what you’ve been doing. While your superiors may not fully appreciate the positive impact you’ve been having, they soon will, and your efforts will be well rewarded.
A word of caution: If you’ve been acting unethically in the capacity of your job, you may soon get caught and have to face the consequences of your actions.
The Page of Cups reversed can bring distressing financial news. You need to be very frugal with your financial resources at this time, and stay away from any careless spending or risky investments.
Ideally, if you’re able to, this is a good time to start paying more attention to your long-term savings and financial goals.
The Page of Cups reversed in a health reading often indicates that you’re relying too heavily on drugs and alcohol. This could prove to be highly detrimental to your well-being.
You need to take a more mature approach to your health now. If you’ve been avoiding the doctor for fear of bad news, recognize how irrational you’ve been and schedule a medical appointment immediately. The Page of Cups is telling you that your health issues are probably nowhere near as big a deal as you think they might be.
Your Past, Present, and Future
In the past position, the Page of Cups suggests that an old idea that you put aside years ago could be developed into something particularly useful to you now. Understanding the obstacles standing between you and your goals is the key to surmounting them. Once you do, you will begin to move forward at an astounding pace.
In the present position, this card signifies that important news is headed your way. It may very well change your entire outlook on life, making you a more easygoing person with a greater sense of humor.
In the future position, the Page of Cups indicates that opportunity is about to knock on your door. However, you must be ready to seize the moment when it arrives. If you don’t move quickly, indecision will be its own decision — you’ll experience great regret if you let the opportunity come and go without taking action.
Important Card Combinations
While much depends on its position in your spread, the Page of Cups is usually a bearer of happy news.
Page of Cups and Fool
When combined with the Fool card, the Page of Cups suggests that a new romance is just waiting for the right moment to either brighten up or complicate your life. Either way, it’s going to happen so best be prepared.
Page of Cups and Ace of Pentacles
When the Page of Cups and the Ace of Pentacles turn up together you can expect to find yourself with the opportunity to walk an entirely different career path than the one you’ve been on. This pairing also could signify a new position in your existing line of work.
Page of Cups and Death
The Death card indicates that a fresh start is on your horizon. One aspect of your life is waiting to make its exit so that another can take up where it left off and bring it even further than imagined.
Page of Cups and Five of Swords
Watch your step. These two together unite to hip you to the reality that there’s some bad juju in your midst. You can’t prevent it because it’s out of your hands, but recognizing it for what it is and keeping yourself protected will allow you to weather the storm.
Page of Cups and Ace of Cups
These two are quite the welcome sight as they signal the presence of a certain special someone in your orbit. They could be the last person you’d expect to have these qualities, but pay close attention to how you feel when they’re around. You may also find you’re remarkably artistically inspired of late as this combo signifies creativity.
Yes or No Questions
The Page of Cups is a gentle, artistic messenger who rarely has negative news to share. As such, given how most dealings with this card are of a positive nature, your answer is most assuredly a yes.