The raging fire which urged us on was scorching us; it would have burned us had we tried to restrain it.
~ Giacomo Casanova
The Knight of Cups is the lyrical and passionate lover archetype. He is the tormented soul who stays up all night, drinking wine and composing a poem for his beloved. The only problem is that he may not love the object of his desires as much as he loves being in love. Or the wine.
Nevertheless, his deep passion often propels him to create exquisite art and for this we thank him. It takes the maturity, empathy and compassion of the King of Cups to create stickability in love and the Knight may often find that he forms a lasting bond only with his own passion and addictions.
The steady influence of Earth can help ground him enough to remember to pay his bills and raising his Fire, gradually taking on more leadership responsibility, helps him ascend to the status of the King of Cups.
This is the Knight who loves to lose himself in a mist of passionate love-making as per the poem below:
Speechless, we made love
In mist and clouds.
~ Lan Ling
This is truly a gift and anyone who has had the pleasure of this Knight’s company for even just one embrace is likely to thirst for more of the same. Musically speaking, this is the ballad that brings tears of desire and yearning to your eyes.
The Knight of Cups has the gift to make us feel truly alive… truly on fire with passion. This in turn, takes us through to the deeper layers of the psyche and hidden emotions may surface for healing. He (or she) makes an excellent art therapist if he does his work in awareness rather in a wine-induced haze.
Affirmation: “I allow myself to feel deeply and joyfully channel those feelings into creative pursuits.”
Knight of Cups Prayer
Dear Mother-Father God (or whichever higher power you acknowledge), thank you for creative inspiration and for the lessons brought by passionate relationships. Help me be mindful of how my desires impact the hearts of others. So mote it be! (Listen to prayer on Instagram)
Correspondences for the Knight of Cups
Zodiac Sign: First two decans of Scorpio and third decan of Libra
Element: Air of Water
Archangel: Raphael, ruler of the Air Element and Gabriel, ruler of the Water Element
Gemstone: Green jade
Scent: Nutmeg and rosewood
Deck used: Bonefire Tarot