The Knight of Cups is your Prince (or Princess) Charming, your knight in shining armor, and your ultimate lover. This is the card about romance, desire, and panty-dropping charm.
This is your ultimate romantic hero. Traditionally, this card shows a knight in full armor, sitting solidly on his horse. They are sitting completely still, drawing you in.
The Knight of Cups will seduce you toward him. Even if he is pursuing you, it will feel magnetic.
Like all of the court cards, the Knight of Cups tarot card usually represents an actual person in your life. Lucky you!
If not someone in your life, the Knight of Cups could be telling you to step up, romantically speaking. Bring more of this knight’s energy into your own life, first by seducing yourself and then by turning that energy toward your heart’s desire.
Of course, not all questions are about romantic love and this card can be read in other ways. It can indicate travel over water or approach and arrival to a new situation.
The message is to follow your heart, whether you are falling in love with a person, a project, or an idea. Let yourself tumble all-in, head-over-heels, without fear or expectation.
Keywords for the Knight of Cups Tarot Card
- A “knight in shining armor”
- Your Prince or Princess Charming
- Romance, charm, chivalry
- Follow your heart and dreams
Keywords for the Knight of Cups Card Reversed
- Jealousy, deception, manipulation
- Unrealistic romantic expectations
- Alcohol or drug abuse
Patterns and Correspondences of the Knight of Cups Card
- The Cups suit = rules the emotions
- Suit of cards = hearts
- Timeline = weeks to months
- The Knight = learning and testing new wisdom
- Element = Water
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Knight of Cups Tarot Card Meaning for Love
This card wants you to have Big Love. More importantly, the Knight of Cups wants you to be vulnerable enough to receive all of the love you deserve, from others and from yourself.
You must open your heart to the big risk. It’s terrifying, exciting, and real. Take big chances in love and you will be rewarded.
If you are looking for love, the Knight of Cups will be a charmer who sweeps you off your feet with romance and chivalry. This card knows how to woo you!
Don’t sit around waiting for your Knight to arrive. You’ll have to meet him or her halfway. First, define what your personal “Code of Honor” is. What do you expect from your perfect knight? What standards will you maintain? What things are you willing to compromise, and what will you never compromise?
Once you know your Code, get into the arena. You aren’t some helpless princess sitting in a tower waiting to be rescued. You are your own knight and you demand an equal partner. Go hunting for what you desire most.
If you are in a struggling relationship, first look at your Code. What is being violated? What are you violating? You need to address these issues with love, honesty, and compassion.
Your boundaries will be your greatest strength when you treat them with care. Your heart doesn’t need to be protected with burning oil, flaming arrows, or thick stone walls. You just need a tall, strong fence with a locked gate and attentive guards. Again, you are your own knight, so watch your domain with care.
Knight of Cups Tarot Card Meanings for Work
Although the Knight of Cups is a romantic charmer, this card isn’t only about love.
When it comes to your career, job, or your life’s calling, you must charge forward to follow your dreams. But before you suit up, get extremely clear on your desires.
Charging into battle without a plan looks courageous, but is actually self-sabotage. Define your desires, admit you want them, and then create your plan of action. The Knight of Cups will support you, but only if you are working toward a worthy goal.
Only you can define what is worthy. Your passions are your path. Follow those passions, not the things you are told you should do or want. Be brave and let your desires dictate your direction.
Knight of Cups Tarot Card Meanings for Health
The Knight of Cups is an active card. Your body requires regular activity for health, happiness, and connection.
It doesn’t need to be extreme. Even a daily walk (perhaps at sunset, walking hand-in-hand with someone you love?) is enough to get your heart pumping.
And don’t forget those other ways to get the heart pumping, too. (wink wink) Sexual health is just as important as any other aspect of your physical health. It should not be neglected, even if it means taking matters into your own hands.
Loving your body – feeling those muscles move and getting your heart pumping – is both a joy and a responsibility. Love your body the same way you love others. Shower it with attention, gifts, care, and understanding. Your body is you and will be with you every moment for the rest of your days. Treat it like a lover and your body will love you in return.
Knight of Cups Tarot Card Meanings for Money and Finances
This card wants you to receive, so keep your mind and your pocketbook open.
If you are concerned about finances, the solution is to focus on more of what you want (income, positive cash flow, cash money), not on what you don’t.
There are two ways to approach any money problem. Earn more or spend less. You have many opportunities to increase your income. Focus on your opportunities with determination, perseverance, and dedication. When you show single-minded faith in your abilities, your financial situation will improve.
Knight of Cups Tarot Card Meanings for Spiritual Guidance
As the saying goes, you must love yourself before you can love anyone else. This is true in a spiritual sense, as well.
In all religions, across all times, the core beliefs are about forgiveness, unconditional love, and a we-are-all-one-ness (with each other and with God). We are born perfect and worthy.
If you knew, with absolute faith and certainty, you were born worthy and perfect and nothing has changed that, would your daily actions change? Would you treat yourself differently?
Do you feel the same awe, respect, and all-encompassing love toward yourself that you feel toward your idols, religious figures, and heroes?
Why not? You’re just as human (and as perfect and worthy) as they are. They want you to look at yourself the same way they look at you – with endless love, forgiveness, and compassion.