Mixing up the court cards of the tarot can make for an interesting reading, even if you have just two cards. Because of their different elements and ranks, pairing them up can be a very good way of learning about the characters within the tarot court. You can ask yourself, ‘What kind of couple would these two make?’
Take the Queen of Cups and the Knight of Wands. This knight often gets a bad rap, since many see him as the bad boy of the tarot deck. All cards have the potential to be positive and negative in a reading, so you could say that when he’s good, he’s very good, but when he’s bad, he’s even more tempting to some. A lot of women like these kind of guys. Deep down, they know that they’ll never be able to tame them, but all the same, it doesn’t stop them from being pulled towards them by some kind of invisible thread.
I relate Wands to the element of fire. I also relate the rank of knight to fire also. Why? Because I see knights as being passionate and enthusiastic and connected to movement. They are fiery and excitable, just like a flame. So when I observe this knight, standing bare-chested in the scorching sun, I see him as ‘pure fire’. The Queen of Cups is ‘pure water’, since both Cups and the rank of Queen relate to the gentle, feminine and nurturing element of water. So, does this couple make a good match? Not really. The Queen of Cups is controlled entirely by feeling. The Knight of Wands is dictated by urge and the fire which rises within him. Neither person is tempered by any of the other elements, which makes them intense people to be around. In this relationship, someone is going to get hurt. My money is on the Queen!
I have seen intelligent women fall for men like this time and again. It really doesn’t have anything to do with intelligence though. The Knight of Wands is a very exciting man to be around. In business, he is the guy in the boardroom who can motivate everyone around the table with his energy and creativity. As a friend, he is the one who urges you to take a day off of work and make a spontaneous trip to the beach. As a lover, he is warm and passionate and can devour you like fire itself. However, as a boyfriend, this fiery personality is less easy to control. He likes to move and charm and seek out the next potential conquest, so don’t be surprised if he has disappeared from your bed by the morning and has found his way into someone else’s.
For the Queen of Cups, this is a big problem. She easily interprets his warmth and passion as love and care, because this is how she responds to the world around her. Her watery element is heated up by the fiery Knight until she literally boils over, becoming obsessive, moody, clingy, over-sensitive, or jealous. She is not responding to him with her mind, but with her heart, which is why so many astute people fall for a man like this. Look around you. I’m sure you have seen this scenario unfold many times, if you haven’t experienced it yourself.
As a couple, these two just don’t work. He is the dude who wants to go and travel by himself or try an open relationship. She is the girl who wants some stability and the kind of fairytale relationship you see in the movies. But don’t get hung-up on gender with these two. I’ve met many women who do not wish to be tied down and who get itchy-feet 24-7. Similarly, I have met many men who think that if they marry these ladies, something will change and they’re wandering-spirit will cease to control them. I’m afraid that in most cases I have witnessed, it doesn’t. As dynamic as the Knight of Wands is, this combination (if you are looking at it in a love or relationship reading) brings about the phrase, never the twain should meet.
© Steven Bright Tiferet Tarot 2014
Illustrations by Steven Bright