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Knight of Cups Meaning - Tarot Card Meanings

By Tina Gong


Knight of Cups Keywords

Upright Keywords Reversed Keywords
idealist, charming, artistic, graceful, tactful, diplomatic, mediator, negotiator disappointment, tantrums, moodiness, turmoil, avoiding conflict, vanity
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Knight of Cups Meaning - Original Rider Waite Tarot Depiction

Knight of Cups Tarot Card Description

The Knight of Cups is a card which depicts a young knight who is gloriously riding a white horse while at the same time holding a cup as if he is a messenger of a certain sort. Unlike the Knight of Wands or the Knight of Swords, this particular one isn’t charging along with his horse. He is instead moving slowly forward which provides the entire setting an overall impression of peace and calmness. The horse is known to represent one's drive, energy, and power. The horse's color is white, which is a well-known symbol of spirituality, light, and purity. 

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Upright Knight of Cups Meaning

The truth is that the Knight of Cups is the most feminine amongst all the Knight cards in the tarot. It's important to note though, that this doesn’t even slightly suggest that he is any less of a worthy knight. It implies that he is in proper touch with his emotions and his intuition, and that he uses them for his own well-being and during his many romance and seduction quests. He is usually quite attractive and charming to others, regardless of their gender.

When faced with an actual decision, the Knight of Cups is going to listen to his heart, regardless of whether this is actually a logical choice or not. He can also manifest as an event or a person in your life, or a part of your own self. He appears as a messenger – and with him, he carries an invitation or an arrival of something or someone which is going to have a certain emotional benefit for you. As a knight, he is also charged with taking the gifts of his suit, and bringing it outward into the world. He therefore can also represent the undertaking of some project with significant emotional or creative value for you.

He appears as a messenger – and with him, he carries an invitation or an arrival of something or someone which will benefit you.

Upright Love Meaning Upright Career Meaning Upright Finances Meaning
romance, attraction, flirtation, being in love with love, unrealistic expectations of love diplomacy at work, tactfulness creates better team cohesion, creative solutions mediating disputes about finances, using creativity to achieve financial goals

Upright Knight of Cups Tarot Love Meaning

Romance is coming your way with the Knight of Cups tarot love meaning. This person is very much in love with the idea of of love, and goes out of their way to show it. Sometimes though, this person goes a bit too far in their pursuit of true love; so much so that they have rather unrealistic expectations of perfect partners and perfect relationships. Without a gentle dose of reality, they can go from lover to lover, leaving a string of broken hearts simply because each finally showed their very human flaws. Be aware of approaching your romances with this attitude. Try and enjoy things in the moment, and keep the real world in sight as you go on your quest for love.

Career Meaning - Upright Knight of Cups

The knight of cups represents your ability to handle situations at work with tact and grace. You are particularly diplomatic right now. Conflicts around you can be easier to deal with at this time. You are able to resolve issues with creative solutions, as well as your emotional connection and awareness of others. You can see solutions that might otherwise remain undiscovered. This creativity can apply to you and your intended profession in general. If you have been considering entering a job in a creative industry, this card can also signify your success in that field.

Finances Meaning - Upright Knight of Cups

When it comes to your finances, your empathy, compassion and skill in mediating tough conversations can be helpful right now. Disputes about money are likely to be eased so long as you can use this talent to keep the peace. If you’ve been in a strained financial situation, this card can also suggest that you may need to get creative in order to solve your issues. It is likely, however, that you will succeed in turning your problems around once you are able to look outside the box.

Knight of Cups Reversal Meaning

Now that you are aware of the upright Knight of Cups meaning let’s take a look at what the card says when it is upside down. Reversed, the Knight of Cups means that you allow your emotions to control your life a lot more than you should. You might be overly jealous, emotional or moody. In fact, this could get up to the point of actual incapacity to take action, which is most definitely to be avoided. Jumping to conclusions too fast is characteristic of a reversed Knight of Cups, and making judgements without having the necessary information is very common.

The card indicates a situation which could be considered appealing at first but quickly turns out to be something very different. With such high expectations, everyone will walk away quite disappointed.

Reversed Love Meaning Reversed Career Meaning Reversed Finances Meaning
avoiding conflict in love, passive aggressive partner, quickly changing feelings, false appearances tensions and moodiness at work, avoiding work confrontation avoiding financial decisions, financial disappointment

Reversed Knight of Cups Tarot Love Meaning

When the Knight of Cups is reversed, he can be rather passive aggressive, and full of empty promises. Being a great romantic, many of his tales and his proclamations of love can be over exaggerated. If this doesn’t sound like a person in your love life right now, it can instead point to feeling overwhelmed with the emotional changes that are occurring in your romantic life. Feelings can run hot and then cold, and perfect appearances can be quickly shattered. Be wary of lovers that whisper sweet nothings, and make sure that they truly mean what they say.

Career Meaning - Reversed Knight of Cups

When It comes to your career, the reversed knight of cups can have numerous interpretations based on the context and other cards in the spread. Your office environment may be rife with disagreements right now, and everyone may be on edge. You may also want to consider how you are handling your emotions at work right now; is your moodiness contributing to this environment? Alternatively, it may be that your desire to maintain the peace is getting to self-destructive levels. Instead of dealing with your problems, you may be doing whatever you can to avoid confrontations, even if it can be helpful to express these frustrations. Try and strike a balance between being so diplomatic that you take on everyone else’s problems, versus lashing out when it is inappropriate. 

Finances Meaning - Reversed Knight of Cups

The reversed knight of cups can be a passive bystander in his own life; and in financial contexts, it may be that you are not acting decisively. At times, this card can also suggest that what you hoped for hasn’t quite turned out as planned. You may have quickly put all your eggs in one basket, only to be disappointed at the outcome. Make sure you do your research about any large purchases or investments before making a decision.

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