Knight of Cups Tarot

Published March 29, 2018
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Tarot scholars liken this Knight to Perceval in the Grail legends. He's a daring, handsome, and romantic young man, sometimes naive but full of love, dreams, and bright ideas. When he shows up in a reading, he brings you a message of joy and signifies moving forward in a way that's beneficial to your overall happiness. He's often the bearer of good news and a change for the better and can also indicate a young man much like him is related to the inquiry.


In the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck, he's depicted riding on a white horse, wearing armor, and holding out a chalice. The horse represents energy and drive, and the color white is a symbol of purity, spirituality, and light. His armor symbolizes protection, and the chalice represents a message about matters of the heart.

This Knight wears a cloak covered with images of fish, and he's near a stream of flowing water, symbolizing the subconscious, emotions, healing, purification, perception, and the need to move and react according to intuitive instinct.

His helmet and feet are winged, a symbol of an active and creative imagination.

Types of Readings

Regardless of the question asked, this Knight's message is almost always, "Don't worry, be happy!"

In a General Reading

In a general reading, his message is things are going well, and you should be feeling up and ready for action. In a general reading, the message this Knight brings almost always pertains to good news in matters of the heart.

In a Work Reading

If your question is related to work, his appearance indicates work projects are moving in a positive direction, they will have a pleasing outcome, and you should be happy about your accomplishments and contributions.

In a Love Reading

This is a very, very positive card to get when you are asking about love. If you're single, he often indicates someone is about to "sweep you off your feet." If you're in a relationship, he can show a final commitment and marriage. In the context of love, this card bears positive messages as well as the suggestion to be open to exploring your feelings.

In a Finance Reading

If your question is about finances, he indicates you will soon be getting uplifting and positive news. If you're concerned about finances and get this card in a reading, figure out exactly where you are to the penny financially, because almost certainly your financial situation is not as bad as you think.

In a Health Reading

If health is your concern and you're waiting for the result of tests, his message is to relax and know the news will be what you want to hear. In general, if you're just not feeling well, he says you'll be feeling better and healthier soon.

In a Spiritual Reading

If your question concerns the spiritual aspect of your life, he indicates you're entering new realms of spiritual exploration and will soon receive a message from spirit. He's also an indication you should pay attention to things that seem like a coincidence, as this is often the way spirit communicates.

Knight of Cups Reversed

When reversed, his message is to look before you leap and consider all your options. He also indicates you should make sure everyone involved with the situation is on the same page before you start making changes that could negatively affect them.

Past, Present, and Future Positions

Each position in a spread has a meaning, and the exact meaning depends on the Knight's position.

  • Positioned in the past, he often points to the abrupt ending of a relationship. This could be a romantic relationship, friendship, or business relationship, and this failed relationship is likely the foundation of your current situation, so it's essential you understand how the loss of this relationship is affecting your current life.
  • Positioned in the present he's pushing you towards your passions, and the message he brings is to consider the positive aspect of your life and explore avenues that will better your future.
  • Positioned in the future, he indicates a coming passion. This could be a new love or a new hobby that overtakes your whole life.

Tarot Spreads

There are many tarot spreads, ranging from those that use just a single card to those that include all 78 cards. The reader determines the spread used. Some readers use the same spread all the time while others change spreads depending on the question. However, when this Knight turns up in any reading, the reader can be sure deep feelings are involved in whatever advice the querent is seeking.

Knight of Cups Tarot