Page of Cups
My self-study of Tarot continues with the Page of Cups. Or, as I just heard, “Something in the water.”
Emotional manifesting; out of the mouths of fish; considering the possibilities; wonder; a fish out of water; curiosity; sexual ambiguity (sexual identification either in question or unimportant) or emotional ambiguity (unable to self-identify specific emotions).
I’m feeling a whole lot of ambiguity about the card, too, in the sense that it seems so ambiguous – so neither here nor there – as to be almost – almost – too non-specific for beneficial divination.
Cup, fish, water, flowers (on vest), open sky.
It’s the water that stands out to me on this card. Notice the movement in it. This isn’t calm water; it’s stirred-up water; wavy and flowing. It indicates some form of motion or action, to me.
Blue, pink, red, white, gold, black.
It’s the blue of the hat and its scarf, the blue of the vest and the blue of the water and fish that draw me in – especially the hat and its scarf, which seems to mimic the “motion of the ocean.” (Now I’m hearing “You Can’t Stop the Beat” from “Hairspray” in addition to Carrie Underwood’s “Something in the Water,” which popped into my head when I drew the card.)
What the Guide Says About the Page of Cups
“A fair, pleasing, somewhat effeminate Page, of studious intent aspect, contemplates a fish rising from a cup to look at him.
“Divinatory Meanings: Fair young man, one compelled to render service and with whom the Querent will be connected, a studious youth, news, message, applications, reflection, meditation – also these things directed to business. Reversed: Taste, inclination, attachment, seduction, deception, artifice.”
Umm… Okay – at least for the main portion of the divinatory meanings. As for the reversed portion: Not so much. Not for me. It feels like the shadow side of this card might bring to light a lack of emotional affinity with something in the works.
What We Say About the Page of Cups
The person contemplates an oddity of a fish in a chalice. Consider what is out of place.
Contemplation of a creation born of emotion, which presents itself in a way of curiosity and surprise.
A figure who is neither fully male nor fully female expresses camaraderie as with a fish out of its element.
Co-creation of an emotional manifestation.
Two elemental aspects create discord.
I heard “uprising” when I channeled the second sentence in the section above. This is bringing up the notion (and importance) of considering how we wish to feel in relation to what we want to manifest in our lives. In that regard, “uprising” becomes somewhat of a power surge toward that manifestation.
Sensation, both in the sense of emotional feelings and something of note; perhaps something unexpected.
I Might Ask a Client…
“When you reflect on your current goals, how do they make you feel? How do you want them to make you feel?”
“What recent messages have you received that feel or appear out of place in conjunction with your current path?”
What comes up for you around this card?