If Pages are the explorers and messengers, then Knights are their big active brothers (and sisters). Knights take the promise of new beginnings and make them happen. Each Knight’s quest is connected to the qualities of his suit. Therefore, the Knight of Cups is the active element of the suit of emotions and love.
The Knight of Cups rides a white horse, the symbol of purity. He and his steed are moving at a fairly sedate pace. He’s in no hurry and is taking his time. He is wearing armor and a tunic embroidered with waves and fish. His helmet and feet are winged, suggesting that he, like his smaller brother, the Page, is also bearing a message. The background is a fairly barren landscape with a river running through it. Downstream, we are just able to see trees, showing that the river brings life and growth.
The Knight of Cups is a romantic soul. In fact, occasionally he is more in love with the idea of love than the flesh and blood object of his desire. He brings gifts of wine, music, and chocolates. He sees himself on a mission to devote himself to love. He enjoys talking about his feelings, so one might get the impression that his one true love is, in fact, himself.
This Knight is easy-going; he isn’t given to wild emotional extremes unless he appears upside-down or with certain other cards, such as the Devil. He cares a lot about what other people think of him and, in fact, that’s how he views his worth — through the eyes of others. Occasionally, a Knight of Cups personality suffers from melancholia. There’s often a thread of sadness that runs through his life, possibly because he lacks confidence.
Whatever his age, the Knight of Cups is a young, somewhat immature character. He usually improves as he gets older and gains more life experience. It’s important to understand that rarely do human beings conform to just one tarot card; his well-hidden shallows are often offset by redeeming traits from other suits.
When the Knight of Cups appears in a general reading, expect romance to feature in your life. It might be directly connected to you or someone close. The Knight of Cups may also represent aspects of your personality or an actual person. Usually, the appearance of the Knight of Cups means that the person is genuine. However, their immaturity means they are often wrapped up in themselves. They are the center of their universe and as such, can be unreliable.
If the Knight of Cups is reversed, look out for extreme behaviors manifested at the wrong end of love: jealousy, anger, physical abuse, and even stalking.
Interpretations in Various Areas of Life
This Knight prefers to work in some creative venture, preferably in a partnership. He gets on well with children and animals, so a career or business based on either is right up his street. Also, an artistic field such as photography, hairdressing or modeling would be very suitable for this personality. While his creative input is substantial, he would need someone else to take care of the day-to-day running of the business.
If this card pops up unexpectedly in a career reading, there could be romance in the workplace.
The Knight of Cups manages to keep on the right side of debt. He can be a little impulsive with his money, and sometimes people take advantage of his generosity. It makes a big difference if he has someone in his life to keep an eye on his spending habits. If this card appears in a financial reading, it may be telling you that you are either spending too much on personal purchases or perhaps not enough.
Although it is a wonderful thing to be wooed by a Knight of Cups, be aware that his feelings are filtered through a rose-colored lens. He is often too willing to share his feelings and, while you might think this is a good thing, remember that after many months it can get tedious. Very often this Knight needs another Knight of Cups (Knights can be of either gender) to relate to.
The Knight of Cups exhorts you to lose yourself in imagination. Daydreaming is a meditation and means your brain waves are in theta; a peaceful, relaxed state most often experienced by children and young people. You will recognize it as the precursor to sleep. Dream away and let tension and stress wash away.