Knights are the champions of their suit, those energetic warriors on a noble mission. Well, the mission is probably noble, or at least heart-felt, for this champion of Cups, the suit of emotion, ancestral ties, the sub-conscious and dreams. Court cards represent actual people in our lives, so with this knight’s arrival you will notice someone in your life who reminds you of this character, so earnest, handsome and intuitively following his heart. And like the players in a dream, each represents an aspect of the dreamer. You may recognize this dreamy knight in yourself today.
Did you know that each knight of Arthur’s Round Table was a knight in search of the Holy Grail? (For we are each a knight in search of our own sacred vessel.) Every knight vowed for a year and a day to quest for the chalice. And each knight suffered varying degrees of success.
A lot of them didn’t make it very far, and got lost in bickering, or defending the honor of some damsel, or a knightly friend. Some died trying. One or two knights never even left Camelot castle.
Two alone were worthy enough to find the Grail. Galahad (who was a perfect knight in both virtue and strength) actually touched it, and Percival (who was innocent) was allowed a vision of the chalice, but did not ask the right question when he saw the cup. Too bad, for this would have healed the Fisher King and his land, bringing a happy end to the story. No one captured it entirely, and still the search continues.
What was Percival’s neglected query in his noble quest? The all-important question: “Whom does the Grail serve?” is something we could even ask ourselves before dashing off after a cup full of dreams. He is on a quest for the most beautiful, most worthy, or maybe a Utopian search for some decent plumbing supplies. What he sees in the cup is his own vision of perfection, after all. Happy questing, fair and noble knight!
Images from The Smith-Waite Tarot Centennial Edition Deck are used in this blog. They feature the artist, Pamela Colman Smith’s, original coloring and lovely back design. The cards are a bit oversized and printed on sturdy cardstock. This deck is one of my personal favorites. =:->AD
Rider-Waite images used with permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902. c. 1971 by U.S. Games Systems, Inc.