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Pulled The Knight Of Cups In A Tarot Reading? Here's What It Means

Sarah Regan
August 24, 2023
Sarah Regan
mbg Spirituality & Relationships Editor
By Sarah Regan
mbg Spirituality & Relationships Editor
Sarah Regan is a Spirituality & Relationships Editor, and a registered yoga instructor. She received her bachelor's in broadcasting and mass communication from SUNY Oswego, and lives in Buffalo, New York.
August 24, 2023
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Tarot readings can give us insight into our past, present, and future—so long as we know what the cards mean. And of all the cards in a traditional tarot deck, the Knight of Cups can tell us a lot about our own needs and intuition.

Pulled it in a reading? Here's everything to know about the Knight of Cups card in life, love, and more.

What does the Knight of Cups mean?

  • Intuitive
  • Sensitive
  • Romantic
  • Creative
  • Artistic
  • Charming
  • Diplomatic

The Knight of Cups depicts a knight riding a white horse at a steady pace. Rather than charging ahead, he appears to be calm and collected, indicting that he is at ease with what he's doing.

As tarot expert and creator of the Magical Self-Care Tarot Deck, Leah Vanderveldt, tells mindbodygreen, the Knights in tarot are related to the air element, while the suit of cups represents water. "So this air and water combo can be like bubbles in champagne or really good mineral water—it has the capacity to lift a situation with new energy," she explains.

Not only do knights hone their skills by taking action, but they learn through trying new things, Vanderveldt notes, adding, "In the case of the Knight of Cups, you’re being called to move in a way that honors your feelings, emotions, intuition, and imagination, and develop your connection to these themes."

Connecting air and water is to connect your movements and speech with your feelings, and that's a powerful practice, according to Vanderveldt. As such, she says, this can be a great guide card for storytelling among community or through art. "You can make the spaces you enter better by honoring a commitment to grace, kindness, and presence that allows you to go with the flow," she adds.

It's also worth keeping in mind that, sometimes, the court cards represent another person in your life. More often though, Vanderveldt notes, they're calling us to embody a certain aspect of ourselves.

What does it mean for love & relationships?

When pulled upright:

If you pulled the Knight of Cups upright in a reading about love, you'll be pleased to know it can indicate very romantic energy. As Vanderveldt explains, you could have an opportunity to connect with someone on an emotional level, "but it requires you meeting another halfway."

In this case, she adds, learning to convey your feelings and inner world to them is worth cultivating to develop the connection, even if it's not easy.

When pulled in reverse:

If you pulled the Knight of Cups in reverse a reading about love, the message here is that you could be putting someone on a pedestal, according to Vanderveldt, who adds it can also signal lack of commitment or follow through.

"The reversed knight’s progress is slowed in some way and could indicate a wishy-washy state on your end or theirs—or you might just be called to practice a healthy state of detachment right now," she explains.

What does it mean for professional & financial matters?

When pulled upright:

If you inquired about your career or finances and pulled the Knight of Cups upright, Vanderveldt tells mindbodygreen that the guidance here is to take your time and allow your vision for the future to fuel your actions. "Wise moves aren’t immediate [...] play the long game, if you will," she says.

The Knight of Cups in this instance could also be encouraging you to reflect on how you feel about your job or money situation. Vanderveldt suggests asking yourself what story you might be telling about yourself in relation to your career or money, adding to make sure that story is a supportive one.

Lastly, she says, include your intuition to find the best path forward, and remember that developing your skills and/or resources takes time and experience.

When pulled in reverse:

In reverse, the Knight of Cups in a career or money reading suggests your heart might not be in it, or there’s a disconnect between how you’re feeling and your actions, according to Vanderveldt.

Ask yourself what opportunities are arising for you right now, she suggests, adding to try looking for ways you can find power in going with this current state (rather than forcing it) without an emotional story about it.

What does it mean for challenges ahead?

When pulled upright:

Sometimes we ask the cards for guidance on a particular challenge we're facing, or one we might need to watch out for in the future. In this case, Vanderveldt notes, the upright Knight of Cups is "a dreamer with an active imagination," which can be a pro or a con, depending on how you look at it.

The dreaminess of this Knight "can be a wonderful thing," Vanderveldt notes, "but they can veer into unrealistic territory or get frustrated when their idealism is challenged."

When pulled in reverse:

When we think about our intuition and being in touch with what our hearts really want, trouble arises when we ignore, repress, or deny ourselves of it. In the case of the Knight of Cups in reverse here, that's likely exactly the challenge it's speaking to.

As Vanderveldt explains, resentment can manifest if this knight is forced into obligations or commitments that don’t feel right.


What's the meaning of the Knight of Cups?

The Knight of Cups represents a person (you or another) who is in touch with their intuition and emotions, and might also be romantic, charming, diplomatic, or artistic.

What does the Knight of Cups in love mean?

The Knight of Cups is a romantic card that indicates a loving, intuitive connection, charm, and opening your heart.

Is the Knight of Cups in love yes or no?

The Knight of Cups in a love reading would be considered a good sign, or a "yes."

The takeaway

How you interpret the Knight of Cups will largely depend on the context of the reading, but generally speaking, this Court card is all about intuition, emotions, and aligning both with action. So when you pull it, if nothing else, consider it an invitation to lean into your heart space.

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Sarah Regan
mbg Spirituality & Relationships Editor

Sarah Regan is a Spirituality & Relationships Editor, a registered yoga instructor, and an avid astrologer and tarot reader. She received her bachelor's in broadcasting and mass communication from State University of New York at Oswego, and lives in Buffalo, New York.