Love has no desire but to fulfill itself. To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night. To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving.
— Kahlil Gibran
Yet another Knight this week; we have certainly had a run of them lately! 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 brings us a more gentle message of hope, dreams and love.
He wears a cloak covered with images of 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.
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. His helmet and feet are winged, in a similar fashion to the messenger of the Gods, Hermes. Yet he rides his white horse with measured, graceful steps. Horses represent power, energy, and drive, and in most Western cultures, the color white is a symbol of purity, spirituality, and light.
He prepares to cross the stream, facing the steep mountains ahead. This is a card of transition, the beginning of the adventure, 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.
I can’t help but think about Barack Obama’s historic trip to the G-20 summit this week. During his campaign, he was received across the major cities of Europe with unprecedented acclaim. Now, such a short time later, the world is in a very different mood. As he makes his first visit since becoming President, will he fulfill the promise that he represented to our neighbors across the Atlantic?
On a more personal level, is this a Cupbearer that brings true love and healing to our own hearts? He resembles nothing so much as the White Knight of faery tales; the questing, romantic hero.
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. He is sensitive, sentimental, and unabashedly poetic in his approach to life. He is the champion for beauty and love.
What dreams do you carry this week? What emotional journey have you embarked upon? Positive news is in motion and love’s real adventures begin. This is not the time to be overly skeptical or practical; let beauty and romance inspire you.
The Knight’s promise is that our hearts may safely guide us, as long as we agree to remain alert, calm and moving steadily ahead. May our Cups overflow with joy, may our hearts find their wings.