By Sarah Taylor
Equipped with what he has taken a stand to protect, the Knight (King) of Cups now turns and walks down the open road, towards the mountains in the distance and the next phase of his journey.
When I write of the Knight, I’m not writing so much about a man as of the inner masculine that we all have. Sure, he may show up in your life as a man — whether you, or someone else — but even if he does, it’s still likely that he’s reflecting what exists in you already.
The Knight in his highest expression is the mature, individuated masculine. He is outwardly focused, active, directing his attention with laser-like precision. As the Knight of Cups, his focus takes him into the realm of the heart — what bubbles up out of the unconscious as emotions, those indicators of the presence of something that may not otherwise be identifiable.
The Knight of Cups knows both sides of love. The rose on his cheek, and the stem of thorns that extends down his neck, represent both the beauty and the pain that are experienced when one opens their heart. I like to think that the plumes extending up and away from the figure in the Three of Wands are the fragile yet exquisite and indisputable evidence of the Knight’s capacity to feel. Yes, he is alone, and yet still they emanate from him, a body of light that illuminates his path in darker moments, and calls others to him with their vulnerable beauty.
This is “Virtue”: the steadfast holding to what he knows, even in the most unlikely and isolated of circumstances. This isn’t virtue that asks for recognition. It exists simply for its own sake. The Knight knows what he is for: his “ability to give,” a “family of one’s choice,” “SPIRITUAL RELATIONS.”
In a hardened world where so many of us are taught to ‘man up’, and to hide our hearts under armour, the Knight is distinctly unfashionable — walking his path, witnessed only by the three wands that act as a gateway to what lies on the horizon. Oh, and witnessed by you, too. Your presence in the face of these cards is as important as the cards themselves. There would be no reading without either, no meaning without both them and you.
You and the cards, in this moment, are one.
The message that the Knight’s presence this week brings: your path may sometimes feel like a lonely one, but only if you close your vision off from the magic of another realm — one that is far more subtle, but which reveals the feathers of your angel wings. In some way, you have demonstrated courage beyond words by holding to your heart-felt convictions. You may have chosen to turn your back on what no longer makes sense to you any more. It didn’t make sense because it ran counter to your values. Now you carry your values with you, openly, unafraid of embodying and living them out.
Those mountains move steadily towards you as you make your way. Soon, a gateway will reveal itself to you, where you step out and away from what you have known for a long time, and into an invitation with the unknown. You are being called — by what, and whom, you’re not yet sure. One thing’s for sure, though. They can see you coming. You are announcing your approach with that wide-open heart.
No apologies for what you feel. Not anymore. When that threshold presents itself between the old and the new, you’ll know what to do.
Astrology/Elemental correspondences: Knight of Cups (the fiery aspect of water), Three of Wands (Sun in Aries), Four of Wands (Venus in Aries)
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