Sign: 21° Aquarius to 20° Pisces

Element: Fire of Water

Tree of Life: Chokmah

Light: emotional balance, intuition, creativity,  innocence, purity

Shadow: emotional instability, sensual, idle, untruthful

The Lord of the Waves and the Waters

The Knight of Cups, also known as the Lord of the Waves and the Waters, represents the fiery aspect of the element of Water. This fiery aspect of Water is a symbol of the swift, passionate attack of rain and springs, embodying Water’s power of solution. 


The combination of fire and water may seem contradictory at first, but it perfectly encapsulates the nature of this card – a dynamic, passionate emotion that is constantly in flux.

Passionate Intensity to Emotional Wisdom

The Knight, with his fiery passion and swift action, embarks on a journey of emotional exploration. He is the embodiment of the initial stages of emotional understanding, where feelings are intense, swift, and sometimes overwhelming.


As the Knight continues his journey, he matures into the Queen of Cups. The Queen takes the passionate energy of the Knight and gives it form, establishing a steady and sustainable expression of emotion. 


The journey then progresses to the Prince of Cups, who transforms the Queen’s emotional depth into a realm of thought and self-reflection. The Prince shapes and structures the raw emotional energy, turning feelings into thoughts, and emotions into ideas.


At last, the journey leads us to the Princess of Cups, who brings the Prince’s deep thoughts and reflections into the real world. The Princess of Cups brings emotional wisdom to life, allowing us to experience its tangible presence.

Joe’s Divine Guidance - Knight of Cups in a Tarot Reading



The Knight of Cups in an upright position represents an individual driven by emotions and intuition.  They fearlessly express their emotions and are easily drawn to attractions. However, they may experience mood swings and struggle with decision-making due to their strong emotional awareness.

When the Knight of Cups appears reversed, it suggests an individual who is controlled by their emotions rather than controlling them. This can result in mood swings, impulsiveness, and emotional instability.

Mystical Symbolism - Knight of Cups Thoth

Image of the Knight of Cups in the Thoth tarot deck.

White Horse: The Knight of Cups rides a white horse, representing purity and the spiritual path he embarks upon. Without a helmet, he displays openness and trust on his journey.


Cup with Crab: In his hand, the Knight holds a cup with a crab, the astrological symbol for Cancer. This signifies his sensitivity, compassion, and deep connection to home and family.


Green-Tinged Armor: The Knight’s armor has a green tinge, symbolizing the natural world and its constant renewal. This reflects the ever-changing nature of emotions and the eternal cycle of growth and transformation.

Wings: The Knight’s wings represent the active aspect of water, signifying the fluidity and ever-changing nature of emotions. They remind us of the Knight’s ability to adapt and navigate the currents of his feelings.

Tree of Life: Chokmah and the Knight of Wands

In the Tree of Life, the Knight of Cups is associated with Chokmah, the second Sephirah. Chokmah represents wisdom and is associated with the creative force that stimulates all life. 


The Knight of Cups, with its fiery part of Water, aligns with this Sephirah as it embodies the creative force of emotions and feelings. The Knight’s association with Chokmah also signifies the wisdom that comes from understanding and navigating the depths of emotions.

Astrology Insights

The Knight of Cups rules over Pisces and is influenced by Saturn and Jupiter in different decans. Pisces is a water sign, which enhances the emotional, sensitive, and intuitive characteristics of this card. In the first decan of Pisces, ruled by Saturn, the Knight’s motivation comes from external attractions. In the second decan, guided by Jupiter, romantic and dreamy advances are inspired. Saturn and Jupiter create emotional fluctuations, mirroring the Cups’ duality.


Additionally, the Knight also rules the last decan of Aquarius, which is associated with the Moon and the 7 of Swords. In this card, the Moon tempers Aquarius’s assertiveness. Similarly, the Knight of Cups tempers his individuality to serve his creative spark (the yod), both in his artistic and romantic pursuits.


The Knight of Cups is a card of emotional balance and creativity. It encourages us to be open and trusting, to follow our intuition, and to express our emotions freely and honestly. However, it also warns us of the potential for emotional instability and indecisiveness if we allow our emotions to control us.

Elemental Nature of the Knight of Cups

The Knight of Cups represents the fiery part of Water. This combination of elements represents a unique dynamic in the universe, where Fire, known for its action and passion, interacts with Water, known for its depth and emotion. This interaction creates a unique energy that is both passionate and deep, symbolizing the Knight of Cups’ ability to navigate the depths of emotions with the passion and intensity of Fire. 


This elemental nature of the Knight of Cups also symbolizes the ability to balance contrasting elements, using the flaming fires to advocate the passive waters.