The Knight of Cups
Reach out your hand, if your cup be empty.
If your cup is full, may it be again.
Let it be known there is a fountain
That was not made by the hands of man.
— Ripple, by Robert Hunter/Jerry Garcia
The Knight of Cups visits us this week, bringing his message of hope, dreams, and love. He wears a cloak covered with images of red fish. Perhaps the fish is the First Nations’ and 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.
The Knight travels with his eyes open, looking ahead, yet holds the cup as if it is a tool for divination. His heart and his dreams guide him. His helmet and feet are winged, in a similar fashion to the messenger of the Gods, Hermes, and showing us that the knight has an active and fertile imagination. Yet he rides his white horse with measured, graceful steps. Horses represent power, energy, and drive, and in Western traditions, the color white is a symbol of purity, spirituality, and light.
He rides across a barren land, coming to a small stream which he must cross, before facing the steep mountains ahead. This is a card of transition, the beginning of the adventure, and not the homecoming. Perhaps the cup he holds is yet to be filled. Or he may be on a mission to deliver its contents to others.
Cups are the suit of emotions, dreams, imagination and love. There may be a message or event that will center on these qualities. The Knight of Cups often denotes the important arrival of someone or something. Is he the Cupbearer that brings true love or healing to our hearts? For he resembles nothing so much as the White Knight of faery tales, who is the questing, romantic hero. Does he already hold in his hand the Grail he seeks, not knowing it? What might it contain?
This week, our hearts may safely guide us, as long as we agree to remain alert, calm and moving steadily forward. Positive news is in motion, love’s adventures begin, and we may move ahead with determination and grace.
May our deepest, most heartfelt dreams come true.
And may our cups be filled, and filled yet again, with love.