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Love is patient and is kind; love doesn’t envy. Love doesn’t brag, is not proud.’’

Corinthians 13:4


In Rider-Waite Smith deck, this card is depicted as a charming knight, sitting on a pale horse with a golden cup in his hand. He is wearing a winged helmet, a symbol of speed and message, often associated with the Greek god Hermes. The fish symbols over his armor represent the water element.

The Knight of Cups brings a message of pure love in a reading. And not just any love, he is the archetypal romantic. Amongst all the Knights of the tarot deck, he is most in tuned with feminine energy. He is a lover, not a fighter.

The court cards in tarot represents an individual or a situation with characteristic qualities of the card. The Knight of Cups is someone who follows a chivalrous and romantic path in his life. Hence when he shows up, a declaration of love or true friendship are on the cards. It also represents being deeply involved with a creative or emotional endeavor.

When interpreted as a specific person, it is likely to be a younger male that has one of the water element zodiac signs in his natal chart.


Knight of Cups Keywords

  • Romance
  • Compassion
  • Imagination

  • Offer



  • Daydreaming
  • Seducer
  • Emotional immaturity

Upright Knight of Cups

Guidance: The Knight of Cups suggests that a spark of imagination, love and inspiration has been ignited in your heart. Now it is time to stop overthinking and explore your passions in life. Especially if you are mostly living in your head, following your heart can be a welcome and joyous change. As a person in your life, he bears happy news: exciting proposals, creative burst, emotional fulfillment, new affections and friendships.

Love: The Knight of Cups symbolizes matters of the heart more than anything else. He is a charming, caring and affectionate lover. Get ready, because you will be swept off your feet by him soon. If you have someone in your heart, perhaps you shouldn’t wait around; go ahead and express your feelings without hesitation. If you are already in a relationship, you will discover new depths of romance and intimacy with your partner, strengthening your bonds and possibly taking a big step of greater commitment.

Work/Finances: New offers, negotiations and exciting opportunities are available to you. This is something that will make you feel emotionally satisfied, something you dream of acting upon. Aside from practical and material approach, you should also be open to explore your heart’s desires. This is an excellent time to find a creative outlet, which perhaps can turn into an actual career. Don’t be afraid to translate your uniqueness to your work and think outside the box.

Health: The Knight of Cups is full of energy, positivity and youth. And when he shows up, you can expect good news and an upswing in your health condition. It also has an advice to find a harmony between efforts to be healthy and engaging in the things you love.

Spirituality: Your heart is bursting with compassion, imagination and love. This is the fuel you need in order to implement your dreams into reality. Knights are messengers, and in this case your spirit is the one sending it. When something is troubling you, move from your head to your heart’s space. Learn to use and trust your innate perception and your creativity.

Guidance: Something is getting in the way of you reaching the desired outcome. Are you being impatient, unrealistic or pessimistic? Do you daydream and live inside your head most of the time? When the reality you created in your head is not parallel with the reality you live in, it may be time to change your approach. Start over again with a clear head and, instead of dreaming, try strategizing this time.

Love: The Knight of Cups reversed often represents casual flirting or a one-sided crush, although he can be a bit of a ‘heartbreaker’ especially if you are in a relationship. Whether you have feelings for someone, or you are in a relationship; ask for openness. Make sure your needs and desires are in alignment with theirs. Alternatively, this card can indicate jealousy, over-romanticizing and being afraid of commitment. If this speaks to your heart, try to understand the reasons behind this behavior.

Work/Finances: Whether you are avoiding the necessary action, or over-romanticizing your situation, a change of perspective is necessary. Approach your problems with discipline, patience and logic. The Knight of Cups can mean that you are having trouble finding the freedom, creative expression and emotional fulfillment you are looking for. If you are thinking about taking a risky leap, such as quitting your day job to pursue a creative idea; do so with a careful thought. Don’t let your emotions get in the way of your judgement at this time.

Health: The Knight of Cups reversed is often a warning message to not be disillusioned regards to your health. If you have a negative outlook on life, your behaviors may be affecting your health more than you think. Don’t always think of worst-case scenarios and allow yourself the time to heal.

Spirituality: You may be disappointed with the world, when your dreams don’t come true or when people don’t act the way you want them to. The solution is to find a peaceful balance between the heart and the mind. Exploring your spirituality deeper can teach you the patience and understanding you need.

Reversed Knight of Cups

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