Study Your Emotions
While pages can represent young people, it is just as likely that a page will represent someone with the qualities of a young person or someone doing things a young person would do, like being a student. Which is a long winded way of saying that, for me, the Page of Cups can represent a person who is going through a learning curve related to love, the emotions, or intuition.
So what do we make of a Reversed Page of Cups? Like many students, it’s possible that this person isn’t paying enough attention to their lessons. Maybe they are slacking off, maybe they think they already know it all. Maybe they need a tutor— maybe a Hermit would better suited to teaching this lesson than a Hierophant, for example.
In more practical terms, I feel that the reversed Three of Cups suggests that we might not be paying enough attention to our feelings. Despite the progress that’s been made over my lifetime, we still live in a world that, for the most part, values rationality over emotions. I think we can all agree that the world is currently paying for that choice. We hope for a world where love, tolerance, and compassion are more aspired to than wealth, celebrity, and winning at any cost. If you’re reading this, you probably fall into the first category of people.
Even so, we receive conscious and subliminal messages daily, from all around us, that reinforce the value of thinking, whereas focusing on our feelings tends to be encouraged in small, select groups. Clearly we have to reason to survive in this world, but to truly make life worth living we have to explore our feelings, learn what they mean to us, what they are trying to tell us about ourselves and the world around us. It’s not always easy to start those lessons when you’re used to the dominance of the rational world seeming like a concrete fact of life, but the more you pay attention to your emotions and intuition, the more you’ll find you are drawing people to you who support you with that.
Many of us spent our formative years in situations where there were less than stellar emotional role models. You may be older now, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop learning, changing or growing. Every day is another opportunity to create the kind of emotional environment you want to live in, one that is safe, supportive and loving for you and those around you. And in this way we change the world, one person at a time, by changing ourselves, by internalizing the lessons of the heart.