The Pages are the messengers of the tarot. They represent the energy of their suits, without embodying it in its entirety. Instead, they depict the potential of their suits in their immature stages.
For the suit of Cups, that means new love, creativity, and the free flow of emotions.
About Page of Cups
- Keywords: Good news, dreaming, emotional sensitivity, engagements/marriages/births
- Keywords (Reversed): Broken hearted, envy, bad news, emotional manipulation
- Yes or No: Yes
- Yes or No (Reversed): No
- Element: Water
- Zodiac Sign: Cancer
In the Rider-Waite-Smith tarot, the Page of Cups is all about the element of Water. He stands in front of a rather plain background — there’s nothing by a narrow strip of land, and then the sea.
Even his attire is suitably watery. He’s dressed completely in shades of blue and pink, and wears a tunic decorated with pink lotus flowers. The blue plume on his hat seems to cascade, like a waterfall.
He holds a single cup in his right hand. A fish pops out of the top, and almost appears to be speaking to the Page. This underlines his position as a messenger for the element of Water.
All told, the atmosphere of the card is peaceful and optimistic. The Page looks happy to deliver some good news. Even the fish in his cup seems to be enjoying itself.
Page of Cups Meaning (Upright)
When the Page of Cups appears to you in a general reading, he’s a harbinger of good news. This is likely to relate to parties, social events, or romance. He may also represent connecting to your fun, youthful side and experimenting with your self-expression.
This card can also represent a person. In this context, the person is likely to be young (or at least youthful), sensitive, a dreamer, and born under a Water sign. They may also be soft-spoken, and have light features.
Page of Cups Meaning (Reversed)
When reversed, the Page of Cups can indicate disappointing or delayed news, especially related to your friends, family, or romantic partners. He can also indicate that you’re lapsing into his negative aspects, like jealousy, gullibility, clinginess, or promiscuity.
In some contexts, he may point to emotional wounds stemming from childhood neglect or abuse.
When this card signifies a person, they are likely to be young, attention-seeking, vain, shallow, and born under a Water sign. They may have a soft voice and light features.
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Page of Cups Meaning – Love & Relationships (Upright)
The suit of Cups deals with love and emotional matters, so the Page of Cups upright is a good omen for love and relationship readings. He may even herald a proposal, marriage, or the growth of your family.
Even if this isn’t the case, he can indicate a period of deepening emotional connection to your partner. You or your lover might be feeling extra romantic during this time.
For single people, the Page of Cups may point to some good news related to your romantic prospects. He might also represent a potential partner who’s youthful, romantic, and a bit of a dreamer.
Page of Cups Meaning – Love & Relationships (Reversed)
When reversed, the Page of Cups isn’t a great sign for love and relationships. He might indicate a canceled or delayed wedding, or even a breakup.
In other contexts, he can also represent a period of selfishness, immaturity, or emotional neediness for one or both partners. Either way, things are likely to be challenging in the near future.
If you’re single, then the Page of Cups reversed hints at unrequited love. Even if your love is returned, you might discover that your potential partner is needy, juvenile, jealous, or manipulative.
Sometimes, this card warns that you’re playing childish games that aren’t likely to get you the love you seek.
Page of Cups Meaning – Careers, Business & Money (Upright)
The suit of Cups doesn’t typically deal with career, business, or money matters, but it can sometimes show up regardless. When the Page of Cups appears in a career and business reading, it indicates good news on an emotional front.
You might be about to step into the role of your dreams, or receive news that’s very fulfilling to you. This card may point to a career in the arts, like writing, fashion design, or fine art.
All of this good news comes with a caveat, however. The Page of Cups is more of a dreamer than a doer. It’s all well and good to have big ideas and to get good news, but you need to plan and act on them if you want to make them happen.
In a financial reading, the Page of Cups is usually a good omen. You’re likely to receive good news about your money, but you need to be careful. Don’t let a positive message lead you into making risky or irresponsible financial decisions.
Page of Cups Meaning – Careers, Business & Money (Reversed)
When the Page of Cups is reversed in a career or business reading, you might be facing a delayed (or even denied) job offer or promotion.
This card can also be a warning that you’ve been behaving deceitfully or immaturely at work, and this has been noticed by your co-workers and superiors.
You may also be spending more of your time daydreaming about success, and not enough time actually putting in the work. If this is the case, you can’t really be disappointed when things don’t work out in your favor.
For financial matters, the Page of Cups reversed isn’t a good sign. You might be about to get some bad news, and the Page is warning you to save up, curb any frivolous spending, and get ready for it.
Page of Cups: Yes or No?
The Page of Cups is a sensitive dreamer who brings news of emotionally fulfilling matters. When he appears in a “Yes or No” reading, then, the answer is “Yes.” This is particularly the case if your question involves relationships.
Reversed, the Page of Cups shows immaturity, broken promises, and envy. In this case, the answer to your question is most likely a “No.” There may be elements of deception or manipulation going on that are further complicating matters for you.
The Page of Cups is emblematic of youth and emotionality, for good and ill. In his most positive aspect, he has all of the energy, passion, compassion, and big dreams at his disposal. In a negative light, he can be clingy, jealous, moody, and manipulative.
When he appears in a reading, pay close attention. He doesn’t just want to warn you of impending changes, he can help you navigate them through embracing the good traits of the suit of Cups, and avoiding the bad.
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