~ Discovering the Wild Unknown: The Son of Cups ~
Today’s card draw in the Discovering the Wild Unknown series is The Wild Unknown Son of Cups.
I want to start off by providing an important notice, which will be included in all of this series. However, other things that will be included that you can skip to are:
- Card Description
- Considering the Card, where I look at how I would interpret certain imagery used
- Traditional Rider-Waite definition
I only include the latter as a comparison, to show how wandering down your own understanding of images and symbols can bring you to a similar meaning, though along a different path with different experiences. This is to help expand knowledge of the card.
I will not, however, be including the definitions from the guidebook, as that is not the point of this. Also, I don’t have rights to that material.
I started this series because I had read that people struggled with the deck purely because the definitions in the Little White Book were very Rider-Waite-based, and that there wasn’t much wisdom regarding the animals and symbolism chosen.
This series is to help you to decipher the meanings yourselves. I am by no means saying what I have to say about the cards are correct for anyone outside myself. However, I am providing my daily journal entries regarding the deck to act as a guide so that you can begin your own journey.
When I started tarot, I had no idea what to write in my journal, and thus didn’t. Instead I obsessively read and re-read the Little White Book belonging to the Spiral Tarot (which is why today I can completely quote the book). I didn’t trust myself to know the cards, even when I could recite the definitions. I was afraid to put the book down.
To this fear of lack of knowledge, Kim Krans, creator of The Wild Unknown, writes:
You do know enough. You’ve been a person on earth every day since you were born. You’ve experienced all the emotions and situations these cards depict. Quiet the naysayer…don’t let it prevent you from sitting down with a friend (or yourself) and using these cards to help talk about what’s going on in your life. It will be positive. It will be radical. You’ll find things start to reveal themselves through the cards that have been hidden away, covered with dust.pp.10-11, The Wild Unknown Guidebook
Description of the Wild Unknown Son of Cups
The Wild Unknown Son of Cups, also known as the Knight of Cups, is shown as a trumpeter swan. He sits with his wings folded in a profile view, facing the right of the card. Between the swan and the reader is a chalice with the colors of the depths radiating from it. The colors seem to come from someplace so deep that they appear black at first. The colors radiating are red, yellow, blue and green.
Traditional Card Meaning
The Spiral Tarot describes the Knight of Cups as sir Galahad, the romantic knight. In the Spiral Tarot, the knight stands in a pool of water, offering you his cup. In the Traditional Rider-Waite depiction, the Knight of Cups sits on his horse, holding out the cup, as if it were the Holy Grail that he was dutifully returning.
Cups are the element of Water, and the Knights are the element of Fire. Thus, the Knight of Cups is Fire applied to water, which creates steam, which can roll into a boil, or it can evaporate entirely, leaving no Water behind. Thus, the Knight of Cups tells us of the application of passion to emotion, which can keep it exciting and alive, or it can burn it out entirely. The Knight can be overly emotional, too fueled by passion which will ultimately scald someone, to say the least.
What I derive from the Wild Unknown Son of Cups
The Wild Unknown Son of Cups almost seems timid. I don’t know what it is, but when I look at this Swan, there isn’t the arrogance that comes of being say an adult, but the gentle reminder of its presence. It is almost as if he has floated along a pond, put the cup there and floats nearby, looking at your reaction to the cup from a side glance, wondering if you like it.
It does seem to be an offering, the cup. And what radiates from it does seem to come from somewhere deep inside. It is reminiscent of the 2 of Cups, in which that from deep within is brought outward not only to fill one cup, but to fill another and share it. While perhaps this Swan is offering a cup, it seems as though perhaps he hasn’t actually filled his own, and is instead asking for validation, which would be gained by you accepting the cup.
About the Deck
The Wild Unknown Tarot is a 2016 Harper One publication, created by Kim Krans. The deck is widely available at most bookstores who carry Tarot cards, but also on Amazon. Kim Krans always wrote The Wild Unknown Guidebook.