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
As Day and Night come into their twice yearly alignment of perfect balance this Equinox week, we are given a message of hope and love. Heaven knows we need this gentle and timely inspiration. Let us welcome the harbinger of this new season, the Knight of Cups.
The court cards of the Tarot may sometimes represent the abstract energy pattern of a subtle, but important relationship interaction. But more often than not, they represent actual people. They may stand in for you, or someone else (of either sex, regardless of the gender in the card).
There are four Knights in the Tarot court, and they are the “action figures.” They are the champions, the energetic and often forceful movers and shakers of the court cards. Like knights of old, they are soldiers that quest, battle, and act as the agents of important changes.
And the Tarot suit of Cups centers on emotions, dreams, imagination, and love. The Cups correspond to the element of Water, which happens to also be the element that rules the season of Autumn. How perfect that this rider should be our courtly companion as those of us in the Northern Hemisphere cross the threshold from Summer to Fall.
As you might therefore surmise, this is a knight who is both a warrior and a romantic.
He wears a cloak covered with images of fish. Perhaps the fish is the salmon, sacred bearer of wisdom for many American First Nations, as well as in Celtic lore. 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 as if in offering. Or perhaps, like the Queen, he sees it as 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, indicating that he (or she) has an active and eloquent imagination. Yet he rides his horse with measured, graceful steps.
Horses are very important allies for humanity, and represent power, freedom, energy, and endurance.
And in traditions the world over, white horses are especially significant. Since prehistoric times, in folklore across the globe, they are nearly universally honored as bringers of good fortune and the steeds of Goddesses and Gods, radiating purity, spirituality, and light.
Here, the Knight of Cups prepares to cross a stream in an otherwise arid land, 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.
Magical Bringer of Love and Healing
Could this be the storied cup bearer that brings true love and healing? For he resembles nothing so much as the White Knight of Faery tales; the faithful, idealistic protector; the pure-of-heart hero who carries the famed Holy Grail.
In contrast to the (admittedly wonderful) Monty Python hilarity surrounding this mystical object, the legends of the Grail are poetic, powerful, and very old. They figure in Arthurian tales dating back to at least 1180 C.E. and are tied to the even older mythic motif of the wounded Fisher King.
Thus the Knight of Cups expresses some of our species’ most ancient longings. He is the rider who tells the saga of the human heart.
He often denotes the important arrival of someone or something of great, heartfelt worth.
Youthful and kindly in outlook, yet fully prepared to battle for what is noble and good, who is this Knight in your world?
This person may tend towards moodiness, introspection, and flights of fancy. One moment, brimming with idealism and romance, he can be easily wounded despite all that armor, for he wears his heart on his sleeve.
Practicality, objectivity, and follow-through are not his strengths either, so he may be prone to despair when his poetic fantasies do not materialize. And, as the astrology suggests, we must beware of this tendency (keep reading for more).
Of a graceful, sensitive nature, he or she hungers for all that is fine and beautiful, and the arts play a supremely important role for this empath.
Listening to the Promptings of Our Hearts
His appearance this week urges us to find our courage for change. He may call for us to sweep away some kind of dishonesty, particularly in matters of the heart. It would be no surprise if the catalyst for this revelation is a vision or the mysterious promptings of a premonition.
What message has been coming to you in your dreams?
Alas, our wise friend Lorna Bevan warns that this is not going to be a kumbaya kind of Equinox, and cautions against putting our hopes in mythical fantasies:
This is going to a high stakes week. Mercury entering his retrograde shadow is clashing repeatedly with big hitters Pluto, Saturn and Mars as the Messenger treads the Via Combusta (aka the Way of Fire) into Pluto’s own sign of Scorpio.
With fiery Mars retrograde, communications could quickly descend into verbal warfare as extreme opinions polarise debate. The demands for truth and full disclosure will build and build at the collective level.
On September 22nd the Equinox activates the World Axis as the Sun enters Libra on the Super Galactic Centre. This is definitely not a Libra Equinox-lite so don’t expect balance, equality, equilibrium and harmony. No one will be holding hands and singing the Coca cola song!
This September 2020 Equinox is going to push every one of your buttons so you become more embodied, more consciously aware of your own personal evolution and what is yours to do right here and right now-not in some mythic, mystic future.
In light of that, then, isn’t it intriguing that this powerful court card comes calling? For there is no doubt there is someone, or some important aspect of ourselves, that reminds us it is vital to understand our personal evolution in terms of love and inspiration.
We are all here at the turning of the epoch, and the treasure we hold is love.
What’s So Funny ‘Bout Peace, Love, and Understanding?
What emotional journey have you embarked upon? Expressing your artistic side will be healing for you, perhaps even necessary in some way. And I don’t want to hear any arguments! Every person reading this DOES TOO have a creative streak. Now is the time to explore it.
In this season of balance, be more intentional with how you mediate the patriarchal poisons you are constantly exposed to with improved exposure to beauty, goodness, and honor for the Feminine.
In addition, look for positive news this week. I am not optimistic you will find it in the mainstream world news, but among your friends and the issues that are near and dear to your heart, goodness is in motion. 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 resignation. Let us instead seek beauty as the sacrament and strengthener of our divine purpose.
Love is not for wimps, as we were strenuously reminded last week. It is the strongest power in the multiverse; stronger by far than the spells of hopelessness, impotence, and anger being flung into our sacred imaginations. Let us respond, not in kind, but as committed protectors of the Grail, remembering to utilize the “higher graces of the imagination,” as Arthur Waite describes this card.
Thus, may your Cup overflow with love’s divine blessings, and may your heart find its wings.