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The Meaning of
the "Page of Cups" Tarot Card

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The Meaning of the "Page of Cups"
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The Symbolism of the Page of Cups

The Page of Cups could be called the "comic relief" of the Tarot. In this somewhat absurd, playful image, a young man dressed entirely in bright pinks and blues, holds a cup with a fish's head emerging from it.

Behind the page, we see ocean waves of the fish's natural home — which contrasts with the absurdity of the fish in his cup. On his head he wears blue which mirrors the blue of the waves, and reinforces the water-theme of this card.

On his tunic is a repeating pattern of pink tulips, which symbolize happiness and confidence.

NOTE: There is some debate over whether the floral pattern on the Page of Cups' tunic is meant to represent tulips or lotuses. Lotus flowers typically represent innocence and purity. Given the era when the artwork was created, we throw our vote in with tulips, but the final interpretation is up to you.

The element of water is most commonly associated with creativity, emotion and intuition. It is also typically associated with femininity, which helps to highlight the feminine side of this young man.


How to Interpret Page of Cups

Like all court cards, the Page of Cups may represent an actual person, and not just a concept. The Page of Cups typically represents a creative, artistic or humorous person. Someone who loves the unexpected, and who lives in a world of new ideas and new concepts. He may be an artist or an actor, or someone working in a creative field.

When the Page of Cups appears in a tarot spread, it references new ideas, new ways of thinking and "out of the box" solutions.

The card reminds us to open our minds to new ways of thinking, and new ideas.

The card reminds us to open our minds to new ways of thinking, and new ideas. If the answer to a problem isn't obvious, it's time to think more creatively.

If creativity doesn't bring answers, the Page of Cups suggests that we should trust intution over logic. Once we open our minds to new ways of thinking, and new ways of seeing the univers, new options abound.

The Page of Cups is generally a very positive card, and carries overtones of new beginnings, new solutions, and messages from afar.


The Page of Cups Inverted

Sometimes when we need to think creatively or come up with new ideas, our own sense of self-doubt can be our worst enemy.

When the Page of Cups appears in a reversed orientation, we are reminded to dismiss self-doubt which can block creative thinking.

The reversed Page of Cups may suggest that creativity and new ideas are being blocked somehow.

Alternatively, the reversed Page of Cups may suggest that creativity and new ideas are being blocked somehow. There are many causes of creative block which can prevent us performing at our best.

Remember to surround yourself with positive thinking, and to be open to new ideas, new concepts and new solutions.

As with all court cards, the Page of Cups reversed may also reference a person: In this case it may reference a person who is childish or whose ideas are simplistic and uncreative.

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