Page of Cups

"I am ready to embrace love and Spirit."

XI: Page of Cups

enthusiasm first impressions romanticism superficiality

An attractive personality, a lover and a "heart-throb". It might be a new relationship, a new quality of feeling within a relationship, even the birth of a child. This delicate quality must be nurtured or it can rapidly vanish. It's about seeing the pleasure life gives rather than the pain after a lost love and the discovery of one's own worthiness of being loved.
Inverse: Selfishness.



  • Showing your emotions freely.
  • Throwing yourself into romance.
  • Nursing a secret crush.
  • Indulging in romantic fantasy.
  • Starting a new relationship.
  • Recalling your first love.
  • Experiencing love for the first time.
  • Converting to a new religion.
  • Shadow

    • Mistaking a crush for true love.
    • Reading romantic intention into innocent action.
    • Frantically trying to impress others.
    • Indulging in overly-sweet sentimentality.
    • Pretending to more romantic or spiritual experience than you possess.
    • Symbolism

      Awkwardness and Silliness

      Most RWS-inspired cards will feature a young man in impractical attire - clothing suggesting a lack of connection with sober reality. The Page of Cups wants to play the part of the confident lover or spiritual leader, but lacks the experience required for such a role.

      Something Fishy

      In many decks, a playful fish peeks out of the Page's Cup. How might you recapture your own sense of wonder at the surprises served up by daily life?

      Making an Impression

      Whatever you set out to do, some will be delighted and some will doubt you. Since you can't please everyone, why not abandon extreme strategies and just be yourself?

      The Marseilles Image

      The Page of Cups walks stiffly, as though taking great care not to spill a single drop of his Cup's contents. His eyes are fixed on the Cup, the whole Cup, and nothing but the Cup. How might narrow focus be setting you up for a fall?

      Page of Cups' Advice


      • Fools rush in.
      • Don't mistake the heady rush of infatuation for the enduring stability of true love.
      • Why rush?
      • You've got plenty of time to decide what works (and doesn't work) for you.
      • Before making commitments, learn the ropes.


      • Be indulgent of beginners and channel their enthusiasm into useful projects.
      • Be wary of those who overstate their skills.
      • Keep your own skills sharp by pursuing every opportunity to be a student.
      • Generate change by embodying enthusiasm.


      • Embrace a new faith.
      • In addition to pursuing what feels right, plumb the depths.
      • Invest time pursuing the roots of your spiritual practice.
      • Become well-grounded in what you believe, so you'll be well-prepared to explain your practice to others.

      Personal Growth

      • A gung-ho spirit goes a long way; be sure to pair it with due diligence.
      • Pair your enthusiasm with practical preparation, and you'll find yourself maturing at a surprising rate.

      Fortune Telling

      • This card represents a young man or woman with a watery, dreamy demeanor, likely born a Libra, Scorpio, or Sagittarius, who wants to start a new relationship with you.


      • Between September 23rd and December 21st.

      Questions to ask

      • How worried are you that others will see you as foolish or inexperienced?
      • To what extent can you be honest about your lack of experience in love and faith?
      • How can you maintain enthusiasm over time?

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      Parts of this page's description of the Page of Cups tarot card are taken from "A Guide to Tarot Card Meanings" by Mark McElroy.