The Knight of Cups can be translated in a few different ways. Knights are court cards and are minor arcana so they speak to the details. Knights are messengers and herald change because messages involve directives and calls to action, whether physical or mental. Because he is a cups card and a water element, this Knight speaks to emotional messages.
The Knight of Cups can represent fantasy and illusion. This Knight can function like the proverbial King of Hearts in that he can show up looking like your dream and leave you feeling disillusioned. The work in this case, lies in a challenge to examine your idealizations. What is it you’re looking for? What are you trying to find outside of yourself to make you feel content or excited? Why does the key to your happiness seem to lie outside of you?
The Knight of Cups isn't always a player though, there are many interpretations where this Knight can signal that romance is coming your way, or a proposal of some sort (perhaps a proposal asking you to consider opening your heart a little more around a situation in your life) or a straight up message telling you to get ready for more love to arrive. Cups are emotions and the main emotion this Knight is concerned with is love, any and all forms of love.
Wearing a suit of armor covered in fishes (representing water) and wings on his helmetand shoes (the wings of cupid), he holds a goblet (emotions) in presentation. Where is love being presented to you? What is being offered to you that you may be either taking too readily (in hopes of being given the love that you aren’t giving yourself), or aren’t noticing because you’re too wrapped up in what’s wrong to see the gift of what’s being offered?
These are the questions for this week. We humans have such a tenuous relationship to love. We want it but we aren’t willing to give it, or we fall all over ourselves to give it but absolutely won’t accept it from anyone. How do you do it? What’s your relationship with love look like and how does it relate to your ability to self love?