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Thursday, 16 October 2014

Grail Shrimp? Deviant Moon Knight of Cups

The knights in Deviant Moon Tarot (US Games 2013) all ride a steed of some sort (Knight of Wands rides a giant bug, Knight of Swords a horse, Knight of Pentacles a mechanical steam-powered conveyance) except our Knight of Cups, who seems himself to be some sort of sea creature clad in armour. Maybe he's thrown himself so much into his element that he's become part of it (water).

'The loyal knight presents his find to the world: the gift of hope. His long search has taken him over and under a boundless sea. His once magnificent armour now bears a green patina. This journey has changed not only his body, but his soul as well.' ~ Patrick Valenza, LWB

So, he has evolved over the course of his quest.

This interpretation differs somewhat from the traditional view of the Knight of Cups as an adolescent figure overwhelmed by his own passions and emotions, much like Romeo, impetuous and histrionic. The Deviant Moon's Knight of Cups seems to have completed his grail quest, and holds his resulting treasure reverently, with both hands.

It's a cliche to say that sometimes you have to go through an ordeal to see the value of what you have. But to the Knight of Cups, all the cliches about life are fresh discoveries. So it is for us, when we go through the experiences that gave rise to the cliches -- we begin to understand why they became cliches. It's because they're true.

My husband's mother died yesterday, just short of 90 years old. It was not unexpected. She died quickly and quietly, with others around her. Last night hubby told me a story. His sister told him that for the last two weeks his mother has been asking the carers why they won't let her parents into her room, as she knew that they were in the house. She was confused much of the time and said odd things, but she'd never mentioned her parents or asked for them to be let in her room before. Were their energies drawing around her, to welcome her or to guide her on? There are too many of these sorts of stories to be dismissed. I think it's very possible. And who are we to say we know one way or the other?

 It is the Knight of Cups energy to be open to the possibility of such things. It's also his energy to be loyal and steadfast for the one we love. I'm feeling both today.


  1. Tee hee, the Grail Shrimp is the Knight of Cliches. Your hubby is lucky to have a loving, supportive person to help him through the loss!

    1. Grail Shrimp reminds me of that episode of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air -- the Fresh Prince and the Boogaloo Shrimp.