The Minor Arcana: The Page/Princess of Cups
Earth of Water; The Princess of the Waters; the Lotus of the Palace of the Floods
The southwest quadrant of the zodiac, comprising the signs of Libra, Scorpio and Sagittarius.
Golden Dawn “Liber T” (S.L. Mathers):
“Sweetness, poetry, gentleness and kindness. Imaginative, dreamy at times, indolent, yet courageous if roused. When ill-dignified, she is selfish and luxurious.”
The Pictorial Key to the Tarot (A.E. Waite):
“A studious youth; news, message; application, reflection, meditation; all these things directed to business. Reversed: Taste, inclination, attachment, seduction, deception, artifice.” May also represent a “fair young man, one impelled to render service and with whom the Querent will be connected.”
The Book of Thoth (Aleister Crowley):
“The character of the Princess is infinitely gracious. All sweetness, all voluptuousness, gentleness, kindness and tenderness are in her character. She lives in the world of Romance, in the perpetual dream of rapture. On a superficial examination, she might be thought selfish and indolent, but this is a quite false impression; silently and effortlessly she goes about her work.”
As a person involved in the situation, the Page/Princess of Cups has been described as the “actor” of the tarot court; it was also pointed out that this is one of the cards where the figure appears to be posed on a stage, dressed as a player. The image in the RWS version even suggests Hamlet contemplating the skull (or in this case the “scrod”) of Yorick. This typically younger person is someone who can wear many masks, and it may be difficult to tell which is the true face and which an appealing disguise, or where the persona ends and the person begins. The mild demeanor is usually not a ruse, although it may take on some fanciful coloration befitting the chameleon-like personality it conceals. There is a “wet behind the ears” freshness that may be too callow to support any kind of meaningful connection, but casual encounters are sure to be delightful and inspiring. Not quite as much of a grinning “Good-time Charlie” as the Page/Princess of Wands, but not far behind.
As an attitude or behavior of the seeker, the Page/Princess of Cups encourages a “light-hearted, light on your feet” amiability that wields a “soft touch” and doesn’t take the situation too seriously. Just “go with the flow and roll with the punches;” life is too short to fight every battle “to the death.” A winning smile and an agreeable manner will take you a long way.
As an impersonal influence upon one’s life, this card expresses an easy familiarity that is charitable to all and rubs nobody the wrong way. Kindness, gentleness and a sprightly bonhomie prevail; as the old saying goes, “honey will catch more flies than vinegar.” It suggest the kind of social engagement where “a good time was had by all.”