Knight of Cups Tarot Card Meanings

Knight of Cups tarot card image
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Knight of Cups’ Upright & Reversed Meanings

Knight of Cups (Reversed, Lacking)

Ideas: Concrete goal, emotion regulation, reality check

Traits: Apathetic, clumsy, disrespectful, graceless, mannerless, practical, rational, realistic

Emotions: Annoyance, disappointment, embarrassment, frustration, irritation, uneasiness

  • Actions:
    • Accepting information that suggests your intuitions are misguided
    • Cleansing your aura
    • Giving yourself a reality check
    • Improving your hospitality skills
    • Keeping your emotions in check
    • Setting a concrete goal
Knight of Cups (Upright, Balanced)

Ideas: Deep commitment, emotional support, good manners

Traits: Considerate, courteous, gentle, gracious, gallant, kind, respectful, romantic, sophisticated, unhurried

Emotions: Caring, compassion, contentment, enjoyment, joy, pleasure, satisfaction, tenderness

  • Actions:
    • Acting on intuition alone
    • Being committed to a cause in a deep manner
    • Believing in and basing decisions on ideals instead of realities
    • Bringing intuition or passion to the table
    • Offering emotional support to those in need
    • Showing good manners to people
    • Solving problems in an intuitive manner
Knight of Cups (Upright, Excessive)

Ideas: Illusory goal, self-sacrifice, strong emotions

Traits: Fanatical, fanciful, impractical, irrational, moody, neglect, submissive, unrealistic

Emotions: Anxiety, envy, jealousy, pity, sympathy, tenseness

  • Actions:
    • Allowing your emotions to control you
    • Becoming a fanatic
    • Giving in to jealousy, confrontation, and peer pressure
    • Pursuing an illusory goal
    • Surrendering to strong emotions, from excitement to depression
    • Taking on others’ pain

Knight of Cups’ Advice

Personal Growth

Temper your inclination to be driven to extremes. Love can be passionate without overwhelming you. Spirituality can be deep without becoming bizarre. In all things, seek the balance of the middle ground.


A desire for a Hollywood-style romance may blunt your ability to appreciate the value of everyday, garden-variety love. There’s a fine line between passion and obsession; if your relationship leaves you upset and exhausted, consider other options.


Beware initiatives designed to do little more than stir everyone’s emotions. Keep your own feelings in check, and don’t hesitate to ask for details. Decisions may require more than the facts. What do your wisest advisors feel about your options?


Spirituality may incorporate extremes (speaking in tongues, intense rituals), but more modest spiritual experiences are also valid. Strive to find Spirit in everyday actions. When you do, the smallest gestures take on the aura of ministry.

Knight of Cups’ Symbols & Insights

The Cup Held Aloft

The Knight of Cups is frequently drawn with a cup held aloft—or, at least, carried reverently. Emotions are powerful; they must be treated with the utmost care. If we fail to take proper precautions, emotions will overrun our lives, drenching us in obsession and over-reaction.

The Animal’s Attitude

In Rider–Waite–Smith-inspired versions of this card, the Knight’s steed looks almost contemplative. But Knights, by nature embody extremes. In times of extreme emotion, are you reflective … or berserk?

Intuition and Illumination

When emotion and spirituality are combined, we become enlightened, discovering a new way of thinking, seeing, and acting. That transcendence may not be appreciated by those who feel their own light is dimmed by your personal brilliance.

The Marseilles Image

The Marseilles Knight of Cups regards his Cup with trepidation, as though terrified of spilling a single precious drop from the Grail. Even his horse is on tip-toe! To what extent are you “tip-toeing” around in an effort to avoid heated confrontation?

More About Knight of Cups Tarot Card

This card represents a man with an emotional, sensitive personality, likely born between October 13 and November 11, who wants you to rally around his latest passionate cause.
Between October 13 and November 11
“I translate my passions into actions.”
Astrology Element
Air of Water
The Knight of Cups can represent anyone who wants to lead the way (Knight) to stronger emotions and deeper spiritual understanding (Cups). The Knight may also represent the tendency to be more emotional than reasonable, or an urgent desire to experience spiritual or emotional extremes.
Prompted by strong emotion, the main character launches into action.
Questions to Ask
How prone to emotional extremes are you?
What’s the difference in driving passion and blind zeal?
How can you inspire others without inciting a riot?
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