Even though the source for this drawing was a young man, I purposely made the Page androgynous. When I look at this card, depending on the situation, he could be male or female. For the sake of consistency in this post, I will refer to the silhouette as male.
This young man stands within the rockwork of the beach. He is most-likely smiling and being playful, holding his cup close. As a youth, he is sensitive and emotionally-based. Traditionally, the fish which jumps from his cup is a symbol of his psychic abilities. It brings him messages from the unconscious.
I relate all Pages to the element of Earth, since they are the youngest in the court and represent seeds (much like the Aces). Since Cups refer to water, I would label this guy as Water of Earth.
When he does not describe a person, he can bring news of happy occasions such as births, engagements, or anything of an emotional nature.
The Page of Cups reminds us to be emotionally-open.
When accompanied by the 6 of Cups, the Page could represent a youth from our past. In readings, this could be an old school friend (or maybe a reunion if the 3 of Cups is present too). For some, this duo might stir up memories of a first love.
The Page of Cups shows a young man, but he can often refer to a mature person with a youthful zest for life. When he sits with the 6 of Cups, his youthful side is exaggerated and could suggest immaturity. As a pair, the cards could represent someone who is naive or emotionally childish in a specific situation.
When partnered with the 9 of Wands, we see someone who is unable to open up freely. The Page of Cups is usually easily aroused, emotionally, but in this scenario, he has become guarded and protects himself. You might see those wands in the second card as the emotions he wishes to guard from harm.
This is not an unusual pairing, since many people are twice-shy after being bitten or betrayed in a relationship. The guy in the 9 of Wands is often referred to as the wounded soldier. In this situation, it is highly likely that he has been hurt before, which is preventing him from moving forward and being open to potential partners.
When The Devil sits beside the Page of Cups, his addictive characteristics are heightened, so this combination could naturally represent somebody who has become obsessive within a relationship. Since The Devil will represent excess in a reading, we could be looking at a situation where someone has become overtly tied to another and can think of nothing else. In it’s worst-case-scenaio, this combination might represent delusion or stalking. However, it is not that difficult for people to become easily obsessed. Think of the humble fan or of a teenage crush that gets out of hand.
The Page of Cups is generally an emotionally-open and kind hearted fellow, but watch out for who he decides to link hands with in your readings. There are many colourful combinations available, but due to his age and sensitivity, his mood can be manipulated and darkened at the flip of a card.
© Steven Bright Tiferet Tarot 2014
Illustrations by Steven Bright