And it’s Good Knight from him!

Published by Alison Cross on

There are lots of spreads that you can do to mark the passing stages of the moon.  Last night was a full moon, so I thought about whose personality energies would be now lessening their grip on me from here to the Dark Moon.

Of course, when it’s the Dark Moon, I’ll be looking to see whose energies are going to become more powerful as we draw towards the next Full Moon.  There are lots of variations on this reading theme, but that’s the two that we’ll initially be looking at.

The card drawn was The Knight of Cups.  And here he is;

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This is one of two Knights in the Rider Waite Smith deck that I’d quite like to give a damn good shake. Look at him, trotting around totally absorbed by the Cup in his grasp.  I could smack him.
His character is similar to the river that runs through the card: it slowly twists and turns through the countryside.  It meanders.  The Knight of Cups meanders.  This is a Knight who is in grave danger of disappearing up his own ass if he doesn’t rouse himself from the adoration of his Cup to some kind of action.  
He’s a Knight – the Knights are not supposed to demonstrate the maturity of their Kings and Queens.  It’s their job to QUEST and to seek for that elusive THING and he’s seeking something in that Cups of his.  
Frankly, I’m tired of looking for The Knight of Cups Thing.  You know The Thing.  The Thing that will Make You Emotionally Fulfilled.  If you’re lucky, you won’t know what I’m talking about – but if you’re at the Knight stage of anything, you’ll know just what I mean πŸ™‚
As a member of the Cups family, you would think that this chap is all about those Watery traits (the fish on his tabard, the waves on his horse’s bridle) such as love, compassion, warmth….but as a Knight, he also has a lot of intellectual, logical Airy energy blowing around too (check out those wings on his helmet and spurs) and for me, this Watery/Airy combination manifests in a character who is more interested in examining  his own experience of emotions than anyone else’s.  Looking again at the river in the card, I can confirm that point of view by the almost arid landscape that is clearly not much nourished by the water that runs through it.
This is a guy who will lovingly compose a ballad for you, but only really for the pleasure of hearing himself sing!  He will sweep you off for a weekend to Paris, but forget to buy Euros….. Oh don’t get me wrong – he will declare his undying love and genuinely mean it.  Until he doesn’t and you’re dumped unceremoniously from a great height.  And he’s off again on his Great Quest…. do you recognise him?!
So from now until the moon becomes dark, the disengaged emotional pleasures of the Knight of Cups ebbs from my life as does his dilly-dallying abstractedness.  Thank goodness!
I wonder whose energies will take his place?!

Alison Cross

The Tarot's Court Cards are my specialist area.Β  They talk to me. Not LITERALLY though ....


Carla · 8th February 2012 at 9:41 pm

Lovely post! For myself, I assign fictional characters to court cards to help me remember them, and Knight of Cups for me is that kid Ricky from 'American Beauty'–the one who filmed the floaty carrier bag and showed the video to the girl next door, saying, 'And this bag was, like, dancing with me. Like a little kid begging me to play with it. For fifteen minutes. … Sometimes there's so much beauty in the world I feel like I can't take it, like my heart's going to cave in.' I'm sure the clip's on Youtube. πŸ™‚

    alisoncross · 17th February 2012 at 11:17 am

    Oh yes! That's a lovely association for the Knight of Cups – I luffed that little video of the floaty carrier bag!

Ania · 8th February 2012 at 10:21 am

Knights do have a way of reminding you about ideals and idealism though. Even if you have grown into a hardened old cynic, it still makes you smile, or sometimes wince, to see that single-mindedness and conviction at work πŸ™‚

alisoncross · 7th February 2012 at 1:18 pm

I'm very fond of Knights m'self πŸ™‚

Priestess Tarot · 7th February 2012 at 1:02 pm

Why don't we just order a crate of wine and be done with it ladies? πŸ™‚ It's a great post Ali and yes, so typical of the Knight of Cups.. thank the Goddess I've moved UP away from the Knight! That was me when I was growing up… :blush:

Cat Dubh · 7th February 2012 at 10:07 am

Great post Ali. An auspicious beginning to your 'Court'! I won't go into my own interaction with the Knight of Cups…………that would require a coven of women (princesses/queens/goddesses/shapeshifters et al…… and several bottles of wine…..and a castle….which would of course lead to hilarious laughter, tragic tears and the cleansing that would ensue! I say again, a great post!

    alisoncross · 7th February 2012 at 10:45 am

    Thank you! And that's ZACTLY the sort of response the Knight of Cups merits – throw a bottle over to me πŸ˜‰

Inner Whispers · 7th February 2012 at 9:47 am

Ah, yes, the meandering in search of a Thing! And the proclamations of undying love. I remember, back as a teen, the first guy who said "I love you" to me. I told him, "You're just in love with being in love!" Sadly, it was true. Ah well, at least I wasn't foolish enough to think myself in love with him, or believe his Knight of Cups ways πŸ™‚ Lovely post, Ali!

    alisoncross · 7th February 2012 at 9:56 am

    Thanks Chloe πŸ™‚ Yes, he didn't say it out of badness or anything. He probably believed that he really WAS in love with you. But your 'just in love with being in love' is spot on with the Knight of Cups!

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