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, we will celebrate the New Moon that ushers in the season of Samhain. There could not be a more brave and loving companion at this time than the Knight of Cups on his white steed.
The court cards in the Tarot can be you, or someone else (of either sex, regardless of the gender of the person in the card). And it 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 offers a gentle message of hope, dreams and receptivity. How appropriate, too, that the elemental correspondence of Water is 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.
Knights often portend important changes. His 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.
What message has been coming to you in your dreams? What does your intuition tell you, in this week of the dark Moon, 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 adventures beckon. This is not a time to be overly skeptical or over-rationalize; allow beauty and romance to inspire you.
The 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 our inner circle. May your Cup overflow with beauty’s divine blessing, and may your heart find its wings.