There are 78 colorful cards in the tarot deck, and they’re divided into 22 major arcana cards (think the Sun, the Devil, etc.), and 56 cards of the minor arcana are divided into four suits of 14 cards each — four of which are Court Cards. Most Tarot cards are numerically organized, with a number placed atop each card’s illustration. But the sixteen Court Cards of the Tarot deck are considered to be royalty and remain numberless. Each court represents one of the Tarot’s four suits (Cups, Pentacles, Wands, and Swords), and each court contains four members: a King, Queen, Knight, and Page.

We’re here to talk about The Knight tarot cards, the court’s defenders, and messengers. Whenever a Knight appears in your Tarot reading, events in your world need promotion or defense. A Knight of any suit may add to the sense of urgency about a situation; your desire for quick results increases whenever the Knight shows up to speed your journey. Let’s take a closer look at what it means when you receive one (or more) of the specific Knight cards in your Tarot spread. 

The Good Sides of Knights In Tarot 

The Knight’s amazing power is to deliver the news without actually being the news. The Knight’s presence adds very little to the story beyond the subject of its suit and the certainty that a quick change to the situation is coming. However, the cards around the Knight become magnified by its presence. Significant changes are seen in the synthesis of the cards just before and just after the Knight.

The Dark Sides of Knights In Tarot 

Knights are slightly more mature and have more significant life experience than Pages. However, they still don’t fill the king or Queen’s shoes, so they are susceptible to becoming extremists. Their erratic behavior and feelings can be positive or negative, depending on the situation. While there’s nothing wrong with being ambitious, the downside is that the Knight will rush into things and may potentially bulldoze others to get what he wants.

The Knights of Tarot 

Knight of Wands 

Wands signify creativity. They appear as you improvise and discover new solutions. The Knight of Wands tarot card represents that brilliant idea that finally moves you into action. However, it also signifies impatience, impulsiveness, and a passion for adventure. With that in mind, perhaps you’re rushing into a situation without considering the consequences of your actions. Unfortunately, this could affect long-term success when convoluted fame and glory overshadow reality. It doesn’t help that the Knight of Wands can be aggressive and doesn’t take criticism well. 

Knight of Cups 

Charming and attractive to others regardless of gender, the Knight of Cups tarot card symbolizes falling in love at first sight. This Knight quickly rules with his heart instead of his head — even if a decision isn’t logical. The Knight of the Cups frequently appears in a tarot spread as an invitation, a messenger, or the arrival of someone or something that will result in an uplifting emotional experience. Seeing this card can also be a sign to look to your dreams to overcome current obstacles in your life. 

Knight of Pentacles 

The Knight of Pentacles tarot card is a harbinger of money in your pocket. If you’re expecting a payment, this is a great card to see in your Tarot reading and can put your mind at ease. When the Knight of Pentacles delivers, the money shows up in the most unexpected ways. The lesson of wealth is to be patient like the Knight of Pentacles, who manages to accomplish all tasks, responsibilities, and commitments methodically yet rigorously. Since this is a court card, this intel may represent yourself, someone else, or an event in your life.  

Knight of Swords 

The Knight of swords tarot rides a charging gray horse with a jagged, windswept mane, symbolizing the speed at which debate changes people. When the Knight appears, quick comebacks, intense retorts, and sharp-witted assertions tend to pop up left and right. The Knight of Swords often symbolizes a moment in your life when you are embarking on a new project or idea, and nothing will get in the way of you achieving your goals — even if there are some stumbling blocks along the way. Just be careful not to disregard others’ feelings and needs as you fervently work towards manifesting your dreams. 

Interested In Learning If the Knights of Tarot Are In Your Cards? 

It can take a while to understand what all of the tarot cards mean fully — and court cards are particularly tricky. While they’re not the most experienced, the Knights of the Tarot are the most energetic. However, they have a lot of lessons to learn before becoming a King or a Queen, many of which will involve making mistakes and failing. A tarot reading with a Keen advisor can help you overcome any of the roadblocks the Knight cards — or any others in the deck — show you in your spread. What’s in the cards for you?