The Knight of Cups is your ‘knight in shining armor’ and appears in a reading when you are being courted or romanced by someone special. Very much the SNAG (sensitive new-age guy) type. They’re being swept along by the rush of the Ace of Cups which heralds a new relationship filled with excitement, joy and happiness. This is the type of bliss you once experienced as a teenager in love, with butterflies in your stomach and a desire to spend every waking minute with your new love. This is the card all the hopefuls want to see who come to a tarot reading asking, “Will I meet someone?” or “Is he the one?” So when I see this card for a sitter, I smile and say, “Yes. For sure. YES, he does.” And that’s really nice. But get this, falling in love is a lot like addiction and temporary insanity, at least chemically speaking.
Ace of cups
It seems that lovers brains are just having themselves a party. I did mention the word hangover up there, didn’t I? And while the feelings associated with falling in love may cause us to yearn and wish for it to befall us again and again, so pleasant they are, you might re-think that when you read this story about a man who suffers permanent amnesia brought about by a virus but who keeps falling in love with his wife over and over and over. Two of Cups is not really the best place to camp out, now is it? I have seen this pattern in rather dysfunctional couples that repeatedly break up and make up as a way of recapturing that Two of Cups high.
Two of cups
But let’s say you get this card in a reading about your career and you’re happily partnered up and you’re not looking for any casual relationship at work, what then? Should you be concerned you have an ardent admirer? Nah, you’d likely get the Page of Swords or our star-struck Knight of Cups for that. What this card can also imply is any positive connection two people make or even a good match between a person and a project or job. It means there’s a potent connection and the emotional benefits will be reciprocal. As such it can signify a friendship or even a business partnership that just “clicks.”
In the Waite style decks, there is a lion with a caduceus symbol above the lovers. While oft thought to be the symbol of medicine, this symbol actually was an ancient astrological symbol of commerce related to the god Hermes, the winged-footed messenger of the Greek pantheon. It looks very similar to the symbol for the planet Mercury Astronomical symbol of mercury— the Roman name for Hermes, who carries the kerykeion, or caduceus. The basic power of the Caduceus is the primal power to heal or harm. It’s not quite the same as the medical symbol the Staff of Asclepius and you will more often find the caduceus as symbols of pharmaceutical companies rather than, say, the World Health Organization. Hmmm, drugs again, huh? Here we find another duality of the two and the real question behind such a potent pairing. Because isn’t that just like love? It, like medicinal drugs, has both the power to heal and to harm.
So be careful whose eyes you gaze deeply into and what exactly is in that cup he’s offering. :-)