Tarot Readings

Knight of Cups

Judgement Tarot Card
What does the Judgement Tarot Card mean?
  • By Gemma Irias
  • Published: 08/07/20 1:43 AM EDT
  • Updated: 11/01/20 2:34 PM EST
What does the Judgement Tarot Card mean?

Knight of Cups Tarot Card Meaning

Element: Water

Function: Feelings, love, spirituality, creativity

It’s every girl’s dream, a young man in shining armor riding a beautiful horse. Both the knight and the horse are calm as he carries his cup in his right hand. He may be about to offer his cup, or he could replenish it from the stream he is approaching and then drink from it. His armor is white, showing purity. His cloak is decorated with red fish, signs of passion and creativity. On top of his helmet, there are a set of wings, a symbol of transcendence. The wings on his ankles represent the messenger of the gods, Hermes, who moves between the divine and mortal worlds. The knight is a vivid imagination and a quick mind, he is able to effortlessly move from the world of dreams to the world of reality.

The river he reaches seems to be in a valley. The land is dry with an oasis feel to it, the only green to be seen is the trees in the far background. The journey for the knight will be a long one, so it is important that he fills his cup up now. It could also be that this is the end of his journey; civilizations have been known to settle near an oasis. His arrival home allows him to appreciate the water and he can thrive again.

Naturally, the Knight of Cups is a romantic card, but also, of the four minor arcana knights, he is the most romantic. He may also be the most unrealistic as after all, who travels across a desert in shining armor and doesn’t die of thirst? This card is a little deceiving as it only shows the arrival at the oasis, not the trials and tribulations of the journey, the obstacles and rejections he may have faced, his times of loneliness.

This card may also suggest a dream of finding such a location where creativity is abundant, the place in our psyche that is most sensitive. The knight is prepared to sip from the fountainhead of imagination and to be more creative. As with many knights in history, it is possible the Knight of Cups is ready to hang up his armor and return to his lands, to be more vulnerable and to grow crops and other amazing things.

When Reversed:

In the upturned position, this card shows that you are not comfortable with your most profound creative desires, or perhaps you are not ready to concentrate on them. You may not feel that you are a creative person, or that you don’t have enough support around you to achieve creativity. It is also possible that you are scared of being rejected, and this threat to your feeling causes you to run away.

The Knight of Cups in this position may also imply that you are under the impression that only your feelings count, you are so absorbed in your own emotions that you miss the importance of other people’s feelings.


It could point to a time in the past when everything was moving ahead as you had hoped, and you were able to broaden your horizons. It may also point to a relationship in your past, perhaps your first serious one. You can learn from that relationship, or they may reappear in your life.


It is possible that you are preparing to start a new adventure or on the contrary, you feel completely stuck where you are and can’t see the way to free yourself. If you are in a relationship, expect to make a choice between your head and your heart.


It is important that you remain focused. If you want to accomplish something you will need to find your passion and to clearly define your goals, then you will need determination. It is likely that in the future, you will grow emotionally.

Yes/No Question:

The answer will be yes.

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