Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Daily Draw- Knight of Cups (Undine)

Ghosts & Spirits Tarot- Knight of Cups
The story of Undine illustrates with a great and terrible beauty how we can lose ourselves in love.  She was a water-sylph raised by humans, possessing ethereal beauty but no soul of her own.  Her only hope to get a soul was to marry a human, but it was not even enough that she convince someone to marry her, but they must love her utterly and with total faith.  Her chosen husband did not do so, and so she was lost to the watery depths.  She had her revenge though, managing to catch his eye one more time, and capturing his soul, leaving the shell of his body for his paramour to enjoy.

All the characters in this story are villains, but they are also sympathetic.  Undines' nature gave her very little choice in the way she lived her life, but her husband owed her fidelity once he promised it.  The lover hoped to win his affections, but his essential essence was never hers.  They all got exactly what they wanted, but none of them got what they truly desired.

The Knight of Cups is a romantic sort, often bearing messages of love, but when it appears we want to see him mature into the King of Cups, more fully aware of his emotions and the ramifications of the promises he makes.

In this story, do you see Undine as the Knight of Cups, or is he represented by the unfaithful husband?

This card is from Ghosts & Spirits Tarot by Lisa Hunt, published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc.


  1. Really liked this entry. I see the husband as the reversed energy of the Knight of Cups and Undine herself as the upright. Talk about a dysfunctional family!

    1. I agree, Arwen, that both shadow and light aspect of the Knight of Cup are well represented in this card. Thank you for stopping by!

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