Page of Cups – Rider-Waite

Rider-Waite

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A fair, pleasing, somewhat effeminate page, of studious and intent aspect, contemplates a fish rising from a cup to look at him. It is the pictures of the mind taking form.

Meanings

Fair young man, one impelled to render service and with whom the Querent will be connected; a studious youth; news, message; application, reflection, meditation; also those things directed to business.

Additional meanings: Good augury; also a young man who is unfortunate in love.

Reversed

Taste, inclination, attachment, seduction, deception, artifice.

Additional meanings: Obstacles of all kinds.


39 Page of Cups The Etteilla Tarot The Book of Thoth

Etteilla

Le Valet de Coupe

Fair Young Man, Studious.—Student, Application [Diligence], Work, Thought, Observation, Consideration, Reflection, Contemplation, Job.—Business, Profession, Employment.

Reversed

Tendency, Bent, Proclivity, Inclination, Attraction, Taste, Sympathy, Passion, Affection, Attachment, Friendship.—Heart, Craving, Desire, Appeal, Promise, Seduction, Invitation, Agreeableness.—Flattery, Cajolery, Fawning, Sycophancy, Praise, Approbation.—Inclined towards threatening ruin and complete destruction.


Thierens

Page of Cups

TRADITION

Fair young man, studious. Work, application, reflexion, occupation, observation. Profession, employment. News, message; has to do with business. Reversed: Tendency, inclination, attraction, attachment, friendship, desire, engagement, invitation, seduction. Flattery, praise, cherishing, etc.

THEORY

The Page or servant, messenger, of the cups suit comes on the Eleventh and on the Seventh house, and has to do with friendship and relations, e.g. marriage. He must be the friend who brings inviting messages, seductive proposals, if not of formal marriage, perhaps of some love-affair or jolly gathering, sportive meeting, or intellectual entertainment, lecture, etc. It is not quite impossible, that the idea of ‘seduction’ is connected with it or at least a strong sense of persuasion. If it relates to news, there is emotion in it, news that will affect the feelings in some way or other. Relations will be of a passing nature, but may be very pleasant. The combination of the Water with the Air generally adds much to the instruction, development or education of people So there must be much of all this in the Page of Cups. The effects do not always bear the characteristic of reliability, nor of permanence.

CONCLUSION

(On the eleventh house): Friendly message, good news, invitation, proposal and the bringer of the same. A young man of a democratic turn of mind, brotherly feelings, international relationship. (On the seventh house): Proposal of marriage or love-affair, intellectual entertainment, lecture, demonstration. Proposal or invitation to a position or employment. Solicitation. The outcome of this card is still uncertain and must be derived from the neighbouring cards. Change of relations and connections, sympathies. Tendency to please and to make things and certain persons appear better than they are in reality, either to flatter them or to seduce the querent. It may also be that the querent will be flattered. Praise and persuasion. A man very much open to sex-influences.


Paul Foster-Case

Slave or Servant of Cups

The sun in the vesica suggests the warmth and radiance of a generous personality.

Time period

The same as that of the Ace of Cups, but the Servant represents the outward manifestation of what the Ace typifies.

Well-dignified

The character has sweetness, poetry, gentleness and kindness. Fond of home and all that it stands for. Imaginative, dreamy, yet with a good deal of latent courage. Friendly to Querent, and one who will further his hopes and wishes.

Ill-dignified

Too indolent to help, or possibly one who promises far more than he can perform.

Appearance

He typifies either a young man or a young woman.

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