- In the Thoth Tarot Kings are called Knights, who are armored sitting astride their powerful "Spirit Force" steeds. The Knight of Cups is the fiery part of water, this may sound strange to the neophyte; however, the fiery part of water is the Power of Solution.
Hence, The Druid Craft Tarot-King of Cups, wears a fiery-red tunic, sitting on his throne near a sea coast. All decked out with his gold torque , symbols of wealth and authority, in Celtic society. He is fertile, thus the leaping of fish, and he is also the one who is like the crab at his feet, he resurrects by shedding his old self to become anew . He therefore, is associated with the Christianized- Bron the blessed, who was a supposed companion of Joseph of Armathea, keeper of the Christianized version of the Holy Grail. Bron, was really Bran, the Celtic god who was keeper of the Cauldron of Regeneration...the popular patron of "healing and resurrection". Hence, his cup is of the silver -Moon-Metal, that was the symbol of the Goddess, who is the Grail.[Graves, W.C.,39]
As associated with Celtic Chieftains, he is accompanied by his faithful Wolf-Hound that is lying behind his throne. Beside him is his harp, as his is also a poet or bard. Hence his connection with Bran the Blessed grows stronger. He is also, notoriously indolent, for he is surprisingly passive. Loves his food and drink. Hence the paunch.
The Knight of Cups is not unlike the fiery attack of rain or springs. He rules the Zodiac from 21st degree of Aquarius to the 20th degree of Pisces.
- The Armor, bright wings, and the leaping white charger, all represent the most active aspects of water.
- The crab represents the aggressive nature of water and its regenerative state, as crabs individually regenerate by shedding their hard outer shell.
- The Knight of Cups totem is the Peacock, as the very nature of active water is its brilliance. The Peacock (lower right of card) is also the totem of the Peacock God Myths of which a greater amount of study is needed if you wish to understand the "Swirling Depths" of this card.
The fluorescence characteristics of the person signified by this card are surprisingly passive, as dictated by the Zodiacal attribution. With the qualities of Venus, he is a graceful dilettante (a weak Jupiter). Passively amiable and quick to respond to attraction but the stimulation fades away as he is not very enduring. Emotionally triggered by outside influence, this person has no real material depth of character. The Knight of Cups has an undeniable innocence and purity that is hardly clouded by his ill dignified sensuality, idleness, and untruthful nature. In fact, he may be so superficial that it is hard to reach any depth in him unless stimulated by outer events.
This card represents Dewi, the ancient lord of the Abyss, who is also known as Bran the blessed who later became the Christianized Fisher King or Rich Fisher named Bron. He therefore, represents ageless power and strength, a reliable protector of the needy with a quality of irresistible force underlying a calm surface.
There is great difficulty in rightly mating water with Fire, as the swift violent nature of fire (Knight of Wands) ill suits a character that is naturally as placid as water. It is a rare persona indeed that has mastered the balance, so most often we find the personality mismanaging his affairs and unless good fortune attends him, his career and life is littered with a trail of failure and disaster. There is a mental "civil war" here, and this can lead to depressions, and/or schizophrenia. The abuse of stimulants, alcohol, and narcotics is not uncommon with such a personality. As always the case, the surrounding cards will help the Reader decide the positive or ill dignified nature of this card and often within the Reading is recommended the nature of correcting the unwanted behavior of this ill dignity. All in all, a very fun bubbly, bright person to be around---as long as you show attraction, to stimulate his attention. Good fun for short visits!
WHEN THE KNIGHT OF CUPS IS THROWN DURING A READING, IT IMPLIES:
- The optimist.
- Issues with family and/or relationships.
- The Spirit of Water. One has attained their position of authority by listening to their conscientious, by action and looking ahead into life.
- Becoming aware that a psychic process in one’s life has come to an end.
- Releasing and old emotion by realizing it has run its course and is no longer operative in one’s life.
- The ability to love. A counselor or caregiver who is creative and imaginative.
- A seductive personality that is good in the poetic art of love.