The Page of Cups card is generally positive and comes with lessons about love, creativity, and trusting your emotions. Like all Court cards, The Page of Cups can also be associated with a real person in your life. This person is likely to be younger, sweet, creative, and fun-loving.
But this card can also stand for a role you need to play in your own life or aspects of your personal development that you need to focus on. The Page of Cups card tells you to open your heart and trust your intuition.
This card also encourages you to keep a curious and creative mind, as a new idea or opportunity might arrive out of nowhere. You might be in store for a pleasant surprise related to emotions or creative endeavors.
When you see The Page of Cups card reversed, it can mean something is blocking your creativity, and you may feel stuck when trying to bring your creative vision to life. Even though you’re full of great ideas, you’re unsure how to manifest them in the world.
You might also feel as though you’re “selling out” in your creativity and producing your artistic vision for the wrong reasons, like money or praise.
The reversed Page of Cups card can also signify a real person in your life, just like when it’s upright. But here, the person is likely to be emotionally immature and is having trouble facing reality.
They may escape into fantasy and be highly vulnerable and impressionable. They may also lean on dangerous vices, like drugs or alcohol, to cope with reality.
Reading this reversed card using the “blocked/restricted” meaning
Now, let’s talk about how you can read your reversed Page of Cups card. First, you can use the “blocked/restricted” reversed card meaning. When you read your cards like this, you’re looking for an obstacle blocking the card’s upright meaning.
For The Page of Cups, this means something is blocking your creativity and keeping you from making your vision a reality.
Say you pull the reversed Page of Cups card thinking about your exercise routine. You’ve hit a wall in your progress and want to try something new to spark your energy and enthusiasm.
You’ve been looking at creative options, and some of them sound super fun. One thing that caught your eye is using a weighted hula hoop.
You want to try it, but you don’t have space in your apartment to do it at home, so you know you’ll have to go to a public spot to practice. When you were younger, you weren’t good at hula hooping, so you’re hesitant to get started.
Here, the reversed Page of Cups card reminds you to chase your creative dreams. The only thing standing in the way of your progress is your self-doubt, so try to combat it.
Find a comfortable and quiet place to get started, like a wide-open park or an empty parking lot. People are all doing their own thing, and no one will be watching.
Also, the more you practice, the better you will get, so taking the first step is the hardest part. If you’re afraid to start alone, reach out to a friend to come along or find a beginner’s class in your area.
Reading this reversed card using the “opposite” meaning
Another way to read your reversed Page of Cups card is using the “opposite” reversed card meaning. When you read your cards this way, you use the opposite of the card’s upright meaning.
So for The Page of Cups, this means instead of keeping a curious and creative mind, you’re feeling uninterested and uninspired. You’re having a hard time tapping into your creativity, likely because of some influence in your life.
For example, you might pull the reversed Page of Cups card thinking about your job. You work as an event planner and have a lot of creative, fun ideas.
You’re just getting started in this field, so you’re working as an assistant for a local school district. This means, in your current job, you don’t get to express yourself because you’re always planning the same kinds of events and working in an entry-level position.
Here, the reversed Page of Cups card shows that while this isn’t a great use of your creative talents, it is an important stepping stone. Everyone has to pay their dues on the way to the top, and you can learn a lot from the people above you.
Take this time as an opportunity to learn all you can and look to express your creativity in your personal life. You can also volunteer on the event committee for a local fundraiser or with a wedding planner on the weekends to gain more experience and build your network.
Reading this reversed card using the “worse” meaning
You can also read your reversed Page of Cups card using the “worse” reversed card meaning. When you read your cards like this, you take the card’s upright meaning and put it in a negative light.
For The Page of Cups, this can mean there’s someone in your life who has innocence and wonder, but maybe they also have some negative traits that are overshadowing the good ones.
Say you pull the reversed Page of Cups card thinking of a romantic relationship. Your partner has a lot of wonderful qualities. He makes you laugh, and he’s creative and sensitive.
The two of you have no problem coming up with fun ideas for at-home date night, like giving each other weird ingredients to make dinner. You also appreciate his emotional vulnerability and willingness to share his feelings.
But, all this sensitivity and childlike wonder can be a handful. He’s sometimes emotionally unstable and can be unpredictable in his moods. He has a lot of trauma from his past that he projects on you, and it’s making things difficult.
You don’t know what to expect when you see each other, and it can feel like you’re walking on eggshells half the time. Here, the reversed Page of Cups card tells you to recognize these problem areas.
Try having a conversation about how you’re feeling or go to a friend for advice. You might also want to suggest finding a therapist who can help him work through some of his trauma, and go to counseling as a couple as well as individually. We’ve all got work to do, but it’s not your job to manage his emotional moods.
Reading this reversed card using the “no/not” meaning
Finally, you can use the “no/not” reversed card meaning to read your reversed Page of Cups card. Reading your cards like this means you put a “no” or a “not” in front of the card’s upright meaning.
For The Page of Cups, you have “no curiosity” or “no possibility.” You’re dealing with a situation that doesn’t spark a sense of wonder or inspire you. You may want to look elsewhere to find something that gets you going.
For example, say you pull the reversed Page of Cups card thinking about a creative project you’re working on. You’re writing a book of poetry, and you’ve made each poem nature-themed.
But you’re only a few poems in and you’re already out of ideas. You can’t find new inspiration, but you’re afraid to change course because you’ve already invested so much time on what you’ve created so far.
Here, the reversed Page of Cups card can tell you not to get caught up in the sunk-cost fallacy. If you’re feeling uninspired on this path, it’s perfectly fine to change your mind. You can always repurpose the poems you’ve already written or categorize them under a different theme.
Try writing your next few poems with zero restrictions or expectations to see where your creativity takes you.