Tarotka Minor Arcana: Knight of Cups

Knight of Cups
There was love all around, But I never heard it singing
No, I never heard it at all, Till there was you!

The Knight of Cups represents youth, emotions, Water, and Fire. Water is the element of intuition and emotion, Fire is that of action and dynamism. As such, the Knight of Cup’s thoughts and deeds are all turned towards emotion – and often love. This is the ideal suitor. He’s sensitive, warm, and kind. He’s a good listener, and he makes an effort to actually understand people. He enjoys interacting with people, which makes him friendly and charming. He may not be romantically involved (with you or anyone), but he’s sympathetic and good at getting other people to open up. He’s in touch with his intuitions and emotions, and the emotions of other people. He genuinely cares… so even if he’s not pursuing someone, it can be easy to fall in love with him.

He can, of course, be overly idealistic. Unlike the more grounded Squire, Fire and Water aren’t stable elements. He can become moody, or get his head lost in the clouds. He’s a man of intense passions, and they aren’t restrained or tempered by anything.

Once again, the Knights are cards of extremes, and thus it’s hard to tell his virtues from his faults. So what’s wrong with being a romantic and a compassionate soul??

Um. Well. I don’t know if you’ve had the dubious pleasure of receiving undying love poetry after going out on a casual pizza date with someone – but it turns out romantic gestures in movies can sometimes be creepy gestures in real life. Maybe your date would like to get to know you better before you decide this love has made your life worth living. That’s kind of a lot of pressure there. And when love goes wrong (or he gets dropped because he came on way too fast), the inverse Knight of Cups will sulk. It is the end of the world, and there is clearly a conspiracy against nice guys. At least, until the next girl comes along. Then he’s head over heels for her just as fast… which, kind of proves what the girl who dropped him knew – he was never really interested in her, just in the idea of love.

The problem here is the inverse Knight of Cups keeps all his romanticism, but he’s flighty and insincere, even if he himself doesn’t realize it. At best, he’s like Romeo, with his true love (that he can’t live without) changing at the drop of a dime. At the worst, he’s the kind of cad that fathers warn their daughters about. He’s still charming and good with people, but he’ll love ’em and leave ’em – he’s a slave to his passions, and he doesn’t really care about the ones he’s left behind.

(I’ve had a hundred more like you, so don’t be blue~)

In the end, the inverse Knight of Cups is charming but shallow – perhaps deliberately so, or perhaps he himself has been deceived by his made up concept of love – and he’s likely to wind up crossing you once you’ve finally opened up to him.

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