Knight of Cups Tarot Card

The Tarot Suit of Cups

The Tarot Suit of Cups is associated with the suit of Hearts in standard playing cards.

The cups depicted on tarot cards are usually, but not necessarily, in the style of ceremonial cups, chalices, or goblets. There are meanings associated with each of the suits in a tarot deck, as well as the more specific interpretations associated with each individual card and the yet more precise meanings of particular cards in particular locations within spreads.

The suit of cups is associated with the element of water. It is also associated with the season of autumn (or 'fall' in U.S. English), and with the direction West.

Cups concern emotions, love, romance, the wide range of emotions, mastery of emotions and feelings, and 'gut reactions' that call upon our intuitive as opposed to intellectual abilities and development.

The 'Knights' in the tarot deck may also be known by other names depending on the deck. For example, the Golden Dawn Tarot Deck includes 'Princes' and the Shapeshifter's Tarot includes 'Warriors' (not specifically male or female) in place of the 'Knights' of the Rider-Waite and Robin Wood decks.

All tarot court cards may be interpreted as referring to a person with the card itself including information to identify the individual. Alternatively they may be interpreted symbolically, in which case 'Knights' are often understood to represent restless energy, movement including e.g. travel, courage or a quest for knowledge. These indications might apply to the querent (another word for the 'sitter', or person receiving the reading) or to another person or situation.

The element of the Knights is 'Air'. Knights may indicate teenagers heralding much change, constant activity, yet with a young person's optimism and determination.

The theme of the Knight of Cups is that of learning to love, personally and unconditionally. However, as with most things, this might not be easy. The Robin Wood Knight of Cups literally "wears his heart on his sleeve", which may imply vunerability.

When the Knight of Cups tarot court card appears in a spread to identify a person to the sitter then the characteristics it conveys include:

  • young men
  • dark brown hair
  • grey or blue eyes
  • person whose astrological sign is pisces

Note that this is not always the purpose of the appearance of a court card in a spread and that not all of the above characteristics need apply. The readers intuition will guide him or her to mention only any that are relevant.

Some readers interpret the Knight of Cups Tarot Card as a "knight in shining armour" especially when the sitter is a female seeking love or a new romantic relationship.


Keywords and phrases for some of the possible interpretations of the Knight of Cups Tarot Card include:

  • Creativity
  • Devotion to a cause or purpose
  • Inspiration
  • New lover
  • New opportunity

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What about the Knight of Cups Reversed ?

Some interpretations of the meaning of the Knight of Cups reversed include:

  • Jealousy, susceptible to mood swings, unpredictable in love
  • Weakness, possibly due to immaturity
  • Risk of trickery and deception, possibly even fraud



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