Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting — a wayside sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every flower, and thank God for it as a cup of blessing.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
This week, as we get fully underway into the season of Samhain, made more complex by the increasing astrological intensity and political ugliness, there could not be a more brave and loving defender to accompany us than the Knight of Cups.
After being visited by each of the other Knights this year, it has been exactly three years and three days since this one has appeared.
The court cards in the Tarot can represent you, or someone else (of either sex, regardless of the gender of the person in the card). Or they may simply be the energy pattern of a subtle, but important relationship interaction.
In particular, the Knights of the Tarot are the champions, the energetic and often forceful movers and shakers of the Court.
Yet, with the element of Water represented here, the Knight of Cups on his white steed offers a gentle message of hope, dreams, and receptivity. How appropriate, too, that the elemental correspondence of Water is (usually) the season of Autumn.
He wears a cloak covered with images of fish. Perhaps it is the First Nations’ or Celtic salmon, symbol of wisdom. Or it may be the esoteric emblem of the Christ. But it is certainly a symbol of spirit, compassion, and empathy.
When he comes to visit in the cards, the Knight of Cups can be sending mixed messages. He has a deep knowledge of the emotional “temperature” of everyone with whom he comes in contact.
But as a knight and defender of the realm, he must wear his armor, rarely opening up, except to a select inner circle of his loved ones. When he does, he is especially at home with artists, dreamers, mystics, and lovers.
This Knight travels with his eyes open, looking ahead, yet holds the cup with care, almost as if it is a tool for divination. His heart and his dreams guide him. Though forbidding mountains lie ahead of him, his helmet and feet are winged, in a similar fashion to the messenger of the Gods, Hermes.
Hermes, of course, is also known by the name, Mercury, so it bears mentioning that we are now moving into the so-called “shadow” period, prior to the next Mercury retrograde, starting on the 21st. While our Knight of Cups is moving forward, now is the time to back up and protect your technology, double-check travel plans, and take extra care with legal agreements.
Knights in the Tarot often portend important changes. The Knight of Cups’ appearance may reveal a need to sweep away some kind of dishonesty, particularly in matters of the heart.
Or is this a Cupbearer that brings true love and healing to your heart? For he resembles nothing so much as the White Knight of faery tales; the questing, romantic hero, and his cup is the Grail.
What message has been coming to you in your dreams? What does your intuition tell you, as the veil between the worlds thins, that may help you in your quest for deeper heart connections?
What emotional journey have you embarked upon? Positive news is in motion and love’s gifts beckon.
This Knight’s promise is that our hearts may safely guide us, as long as we agree, like him, to remain alert, calm, and guarding wisely the chalice of love most precious to us.
Despite all the difficulty around us, it is time to reject rancor, cynicism, and despair. Let us instead seek beauty as the wayside sacrament and strengthener of our divine purpose.
May your Cup overflow with love’s divine blessings, and may your heart find its wings.