Keywords for the Knight of Cups
In the image on the card, we see what appears to be an arid landscape in the background. It appears to be high noon–the sun lights up the landscape, and amidst these intense solar rays one can almost [taste/feel] the dryness in the hot air.
A single quiet stream flows through the parched earth of this scene, snaking gently across the dry earth of the arid landscape.
In the midst of this, we see a Knight on his horse. This horse bears a striking resemblance to the one pictured on Key 13, the red-eyed white horse ridden by Death himself.
He wears a tunic over his armor, decorated with images of red swimming in a blue sea. They are the only fish in sight on this card, in contrast to what we see with either the Page, Queen or King.
This speaks to the fact that the emotional energy of this Knight is not generative or creative. For as many beautifully inspired ideas as he may have, they tend to remain idealistic dreams unmanifest in actual reality.
Interpretation of the Knight of Cups in a Reading
Like all of the court cards, this can represent someone in our outer environment that shows the same qualities and characteristics of the Knight of Cups. Alternatively, in some instances it can also refer to how we ourselves are showing up in a given situation.
Either way, this court card will indicate a person who has a very idealistic, romanticized view of life. He is a dreamer, caught up in his fantasies and visions of an ideal love or ideal world.
On the positive side, this Knight has a romantic and inspired sensibility, possessing the soul of an artist and the heart of a poet. His emotional depth and spiritual sensitivity are unequaled.
When he loves, he holds nothing back. He is all in without reservations. He is someone who is proud to wear his heart on his sleeve.
On the negative side, this Knight can be a bit of a fanatic. He may be so enamored with his ideals that he may be willing to take dangerous actions to defend them–no matter how ungrounded or ill-conceived these may be.
His capacity for strong feelings also predisposes him to emotional volatility and extreme mood swings. As a result, he is not someone we can consider reliable, and we are not always sure we can count on him.