As part of my year long study project, I’m doing daily tarot readings. Here’s the reflection post for day one. The card:
The Page of Cups
Taking a look at the Page of Cups in the traditional setting, I only notice a few (probably odd) things. The first thing that really stands out is the fish in the cup. Why is there a fish in the cup? Not only that, but this is made worse by the Page’s hat. What is this Page doing wearing a hat shaped like that? Upon closer examination though, I start to notice other details. First off, the glass is not a typical ‘goblet’ to me. The base of the cup is squared, giving the hint of a firm foundation. This glass will not just ‘tip over’ easily. Secondly, I can’t help but notice the contrast in clothing colors. This changes depending on the Rider-Waite deck. The Universal Waite Tarot and the Smith-Waite edition both feature blue/pink contrast. The Radiant Rider-Waite Tarot features a blue/red contrast instead. Personally, I like the stronger blue/red contrast which seems to imply balanced forces.
Taking a look at non-traditional interpretations for the Page of Cups, I actually start to notice some interesting trends. In the Deviant Moon Tarot, the Page seems to be somewhat consumed by his ‘fish themed’ outfit. This leads me to feel like the card might ‘be at one’ with the theme of the fish currently in the goblet. Then, noticing the Gilded Tarot, I can’t help but notice the water theme is gone completely. Instead, there seems to be one of growth, while looking away toward something. Lastly, the Mythic Tarot shows the idea of something being planted.
Lastly, just for added insight, I decided to take a look at the Tarot of the New Vision. This is a fun deck that gives a new perspective on the traditional cards. This reveals the Page of Cups to be looking at a star of shells. Surprisingly, there are those same Gilded Tarot themes of looking away at something. Likewise interesting, this view seems to make the fish an extension of the Page. One can’t help but also notice that one lone shell off to the side. The dramatic cliffs ahead are also an added insight, but to what I’m not sure. Things look a little less calmer with them in the background though. But again, what does it all mean?
To me, at the moment, I would say the Page of Cups is in a moment of contemplation. He or she is either looking toward something with dread, or seeing it as a challenge. Likewise there is probably a theme of ‘newness’. Pages typically, I know, represent room for growth in an individual. I’ve likewise come to know Cups themselves refer to emotional or love life issues. Perhaps the Page is about to enter a new journey and is contemplating his potential growth spiritually, emotionally, or lovingly. Alright, here’s what a general interpretation says from the Aeclectic Tarot website:
This is a time of fresh emotions, feeling them purely and wondering at them. Romance is at the stage of puppy love and crushes.