Knight of Cups

Knight of Cups from Anecdotes Tarot rides on the seashore, dressed like a moth

Help me, Cosmia; I’m grieving.

Joanna Newsom, “Cosmia” (Ys, 2006)

Image Description

The Knight of Cups rides a pink horse along the seashore toward the left side of the card. In her right hand she holds a large gold cup with a red center out in front of herself, over the horse’s head. She holds the reins in her left hand. She wears a fluffy white dress with a fluffy gold collar. In the center of the collar there is a red circle with a picture of a moth. She also wears a long cloak that resembles a brown and white moth wing with three hearts on it, and a long white scarf whose ends flow behind her. The sea is jade green and the sky is gray.


The Knight of Cups is a mourner, or more generally, one who explores their emotions. She bows ever so slightly to her cup, following it in a straight course along the seashore. Her outfit is the wings of the Cosmia moth, in this deck associated with XIII. Cosmia.

This Knight’s positive qualities are sensitivity, subtlety, and spirituality. In a negative light, the Knight of Cups can be depressive, prone to put on a show, and inclined to conform to avoid conflict.