The Knight of Cups is in steady motion. Astride his horse, he carries a cup. Holding it in front of him, his focus is geared to towards emotional endeavours and romance. As the significator in this reading, the knight shows us as looking at today through the lens of the heart.
The 6 of Swords is a card of transition. It takes us from one place to another. It indicates even more movement in this draw; in this card, we take a journey – although this is sometimes a reference to a physical trip, it more often hints at something deeper. We are using our mind and emotions to help us move on from something difficult.
When I lay the cards out on my reading table each morning, I begin to get a feeling straight away. In some layouts, stories will form. The latter is especially significant here. Even though the Knight of Cups is one of the tarot characters I enjoy to see, in this scenario, I feel as though the couple in the boat, who are steered by the ferryman, are trying to escape him.
For some people, the meaning here will be obvious. They will understand the need to move away from a lover. They will see him as an important relationship in their past or present. Furthermore, there will be some of you who will view him as a jealous man – someone who can be overpowering or does not want to let you go.
Could the Knight of Cups be you? How are your own emotions dictating today? Are your outbursts, moods or emotional reaction to things driving people away?
When these cards are in partnership, know that things will get better. If you are escaping a lover, over-powering friend, or emotional situation, you will soon find peace. If you are the one harbouring difficult emotions, jealousy, or mood-swings, accept them for what they are. Try to rationalise your problems and soon they will pass.
Today is a day for acknowledging emotion in our self and those around us. How do you deal with the way you feel and the ones you love? Sometimes, we hold on to people and emotions which either have or must run their course. Think about this today. If someone or something has passed but still plays heavily on your mind and heart, accept the truth in the situation and let it go.
Illustrations from the Hoi Polloi Tarot, 1972