Tarot Card meaning for the Knight of Cups



In the Knight of Cups, we see a Knight on a calm horse. He is holding a cup straight in front of him. He is calm and steady but carries his emotions out there, for all to see, which may see him get hurt.  Others could possibly also become impatient with his slow and steady ways.

The Knight of Cups as a day card

Today you or someone you know might be literally the bringer of good news. This Knight is going slow and steady, calmly moving forwards. The Knight has his heart on his sleeve, which may or may not be a good thing.
Who is this? Is this behaviour suitable? Do we need to encourage his slow and sensitive manners or discourage them in this situation?

Negative or reversed meaning for this card

This card represents a very calm and friendly person. When we read this card either negatively or reversed being calm and friendly might not be enough. We need someone with fire in the belly, someone that can make hard decisions and focus on steady progress rather than being a bit airy fairy and easily distracted by how they feel.

How this card could present itself in real life

My daughter is like the Knight of Cups. She is very gentle and sensitive. She can sit for hours and work on her latest creative project. She is also very much a feeling person wanting to be told how much you love her and she is more than happy to tell you that she cares. It is great having a Knight like this in our midst but being a Sword person myself I do find it hard sometimes as I just want to get things done now. The slow and careful ways of this cup are not always appreciated or understood by me, at the same time I am seen as too disciplinarian.

How this card is represented in other Tarot decks

Knights are just that bit more mature than the pages in the court cards. There is however still allot to learn at this stage and some of the knights might become overly confident. In other decks this card is represented by female Knights or a Princess. Modern decks change the genders of the court cards around to show that the role is not really based on gender, more on a developmental stage.


In the Crowley Tarot this card is again represented in beautiful blues and purples. I find this card shows us a beautiful dreamy image. The Page is called a Prince in this deck. He holds a cup in one hand and a large flower in the other. He rides a chariot that is pulled forward by what appears to be an eagle.

In the Celtic Dragon Tarot this card is represented by some dreamy figures in what appears to be an underwater world. Again a dreamy and sensitive image to go with this cards meaning.

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