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Knight of Cups Tarot Card Meanings

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Upright: Creativity, romance, charm, imagination, beauty

Reversed: Overactive imagination, unrealistic, jealous, moody

Knight of Cups Tarot Card Meanings and Description

In the Knight of Cups, a knight rides on a white horse and holds out a golden cup as if he bears a message from the heart. Over his armour, the knight wears a cloak covered with images of fish, the symbol of water, consciousness and creativity. His helmet and boots are winged, a symbol of an active and creative imagination and an appreciation for beautiful things.

Unlike the Knight of Wands or the Knight of Swords, the horse in the Knight of Cups is not charging forward, but instead moves slowly and gracefully, giving an impression of calmness and peace. The horse represents power, energy and drive and the colour white is a symbol of purity, spirituality and light.

The background appears mostly barren, with the exception of some trees far away and the river that flows through. The river symbolises the power of the emotions and imagination to create a new life force, even where it may seem that there is none.

NOTE: The Tarot card meaning description is based on the Rider Waite cards.

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Upright Knight of Cups Tarot Card Meanings

The Knight of Cups is the classic romantic of the Tarot deck. He is in touch with his intuition and emotions, and he uses them masterfully to charm and attract others. He shows compassion and understanding towards others because he has learned to understand his own feelings and emotions. He is kind, caring and very in touch with his feminine side. He can be found writing a romantic poem to his lover, creating art inspired by his innermost feelings or appreciating a beautiful sunset with a glass of French champagne in his hand. His heart is wide open and he wears his heart on his sleeve. He shares his love freely with others, without constraint or worry; he is in love with love itself.

When the Knight of Cups appears in a Tarot reading, you thrive on all things beautiful and are inspired by the many creative outlets that are available to you. Whereas the Page of Cups was simply inspired by an imaginative idea, the Knight of Cups is now inspired by action. You have dreamed about what it is you want to create and now are moving forward with this dream and make it a reality. It may be a creative project or something that you feel ‘called’ to do, based on your emotions, imagination and intuition. Be open to exploring your passions and your big ideas at this time. You may find that you have been drawn to a particular passion or hobby and now is the time to start turning it into ‘something.’ While you are in no hurry to reach the finish line, keep in mind that true imagination feeds on action; if you do nothing with your dreams they will remain just that – dreams and not reality.

Similarly, all Knights are on a mission, and this Knight’s mission is associated with humanitarianism, romance, altruism, compassion, and beauty. You have a vision of harmony and you are ready to bring this vision into reality. You are lead by your heart and want to see peace for all involved.

When it comes to making decisions, the Knight of Cups is ruled by his emotions and his heart. When this card appears in a Tarot reading, you are making decisions based on what you feel about a situation rather than what you think. You are taking action based on whether it feels good or not, even if others can’t make sense of what you are doing and why. And you are guided by your intuition in everything that you do.

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Reversed Knight of Cups Tarot Card Meanings

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When the reversed Knight of Cups appears in a Tarot reading, a creative project is emerging but you are not ready to take action just yet. You may be spending most of your time dreaming up what is possible or how wonderful it will be when it comes to fruition. However, you are not yet implementing your ideas. While it can be enriching to be in the dreamy, ideas phase for a while, the idea will not come into being until you start to take action. You may also need to ground your ideas into reality – figure out how much it will cost, how much time it will take, what resources you will need, and so on. This will give your creative project some more weight so that you can start to move forward with the implementation of your idea.

At times, the reversed Knight of Cups can indicate that you are feeling sulky, moody, and jealous. You are allowing your emotions to get the better of you, especially if you are not getting your way. You may also feel frustrated that you are not being given the opportunity to dream and create, instead needing to stay in ‘the real world’ which can be boring and routine, especially to this Knight.

The Knight of Cups reversed can describe someone who has an overly romantic approach to life and is disconnected with reality. You may feel some level of disillusionment that an offer is not quite what you expected it to be because you have found yourself caught up in the excitement or emotion of a situation. For example, you might quit your office job so you can work at home, only to realise you miss the social contact with your co-workers. Or you might sell your home to travel the country, only to find that your campervan needs a whole new engine on Day Two of your journey.

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