Knight of Cups

Knight of Cups Rider Waite deck

Knight of Cups
Rider Waite deck

Keywords: imagination, creativity, romance, charm, fantasy, exploration of love, mood swings

Reversed: living in a fantasy, failure to act, dreamy, melodramatic, stuck, sappy, moody, morose

Read my Court Card personal story on how to relate to the energy of the Knight of Cups here.





The Knight of Cups starts as a peaceful, calm and steady energy. He rides a gentle steed at a slow, and thoughtful pace, entering your life on a warm breeze. Your heart lightens with loving and soft emotions. You have a strong desire to open up and offer those heartful emotions to those your truly love. You hold out your Cup, an offering but also in a sign of your surrender. You honestly believe that your best intentions will come shining through clearly and extend a rainbow of joy between yourself and your beloved.

Things start to go awry when your offered connection and joyful heartsong is not heard or misunderstood by your intended. The Knight is a bit naive and easily crushed with depression when his Cup of love is rejected, misunderstood or ignored. Can´t the whole wide world feel the sincerity or your intentions? Why is your lover purposely being so cruel to you? The Knight does not understand that his communication methods are faulty and immediately plunges into dispair at the first signs of rejection or dismissal. His moods are as fragile as the wings upon his helm.

The emotional ups and downs of the Knight of Cups can be dramatic and discouraging. When he shows up in a reading about yourself, pay careful attention to where you are investing your feeling with incredible depth and determination. You may be surprised to find that you are not showing or expressing your love, joy, and acceptance quite as well as you might expect. Take heart, and try not to crash into depression and withdraw into a shell of hurt feelings when this disconnect becomes apparent. If other people are missing your message, instead of sinking into depression, renew and vary your attempts to get through. Hold onto that special feeling, stand your ground, and work through it.

When this Knight represents the feelings and actions of another person in your reading, make the effort to give this person a second chance. Look deeper into your interactions and consider whether or not you are missing something from their message. If the other person is trying way too hard to get you to fall in love with them, as you consider this love a fantasy without basis, try to do your best to show the logic behind the situation. It may be that an unrequited love is not something you can shake at this time.

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