In the last Crone Tarot Lesson I spoke about how the Court Cards usher us into deeper layers of healing, and how the Pages are our first invitation on that path. In my own tarot practice, one that is centered around my healing process, when a Court Card is pulled, it almost always represents my own experience at that moment on my healing journey.
If the Pages are our first invitation into deeper levels of healing offered up by the Court Cards, then the Knights are the journeyers on this path. Each embedded with their own trickster energy, and subject to a growing pain or two, they have none the less courageously shown up to do the work. Each growing and exploring in his* own way, each in his own unique form.
Like with the Pages, and the other Court Cards, my understanding of these archetypes has been heavily informed by the imagery of the Pagan Otherworlds Tarot.
Knight of Pentacles- This grounded knight holds the capacity to sit through extreme discomfort. Though his horse rears, he does not panic, he does not falter, he simply lets what is be. The path to healing is filled with as many moments of struggle as with joy. He allows the weight of his body and his presence within it to guide him through his time of challenge. His patience and his presence are his greatest allies.
Knight of Cups- This knight lets his cup, his truth, his heart be his eternal guide. He follows its lead wherever he may go. While this can be a vulnerable position, his purpose and his heart are true, just as his mount stands straight and proud. If he stays open to his intuition, to the messages his heart carries him, he will not be lead astray. He is seeing the joy of his heart’s purpose and he will follow the call until he finds it.
Knight of Wands- This knight is one of magic, atop a mythical white stag, he is learning to harness his growing power. He holds his wands firmly, with great strength. He knows what feeds his energy. He is learning his limits. He has not yet fully blossomed into alignment, but he carefully explores his relationship to personal power. His dedication can be clearly seen on his face and he will continue to work until he has mastered his craft.
Knight of Swords- The most brazen of our knights, the Knight of Swords is quick; quick witted, quick to act and quick to judge. And yet he moves with the precision of practice. He tests his own judgement by seeking again and again for new paths, new journeys to explore and experience. He knows the only way to learn is by seeing all, trying all and measuring himself along the way. With each trial he grows wiser, but there is still much work left to be done.
*A note on pronouns. I only use gendered pronouns because in this deck these cards are depicted as expressing as male gendered. The Court Cards in their experience are genderless, regardless of how they are depicted. And anyone of us can be Page, Knight, Queen or King.