The Gallant Knights of Tarot: Unveiling Heroic Archetypes

In the tarot, the Knights emerge as valiant figures, embodying the spirit of action, pursuit, and courage. As we delve into the realms of the Knights, we’ll explore their genderless and ageless qualities, align them with personality types through the Myers-Briggs indicators, offer insightful interpretations, and unearth their historical significance.

The Knights cards

  • Knight of Wands
  • Knight of Cups
  • Knight of Swords
  • Knight of Pentacles

Historical Context

Rooted in historical contexts, the Knights draw inspiration from the chivalric code of medieval times. These noble warriors were not only skilled in combat but also adhered to principles of honor, loyalty, and courage. The Knight of Wands mirrors the adventurous spirit of a young jouster, ready to explore distant lands. The Knight of Cups reflects the courtly lover, driven by emotions and poetic ideals. The Knight of Swords embodies the disciplined knight-scholar, wielding both sword and intellect. The Knight of Pentacles represents the diligent and reliable knight, committed to the practicalities of the kingdom.

Understanding the historical backdrop enriches our interpretation of the Knights, revealing layers of virtue and valor associated with the medieval knightly ethos. The Knights in tarot, like their historical counterparts, beckon us to embrace a path of action, courage, and unwavering commitment to our quests. As we draw inspiration from these gallant figures, we’re reminded that the journey is as significant as the destination, and each challenge is an opportunity for growth and heroism.

Element Fire

If you pull one of the above cards, you are asked to stand up for your goals and defend them and take action in a big way. At the very least embrace your goals and be ready to act. Defend what you stand for. For this, you need to know where you start and where the finish line is. But most of all you need to know YOU are.

These defenders of the elements are, from their knighthood, connected to the element of fire. The Knights set the boundaries and advise you to do so as well. They are, by definition, very active. They always seem to be on their way toward something. The active knights move much quicker than the passive (read more about the elements for this). The active Knights can be rash, while the more passive ones follow a more thoughtful route. But the same applies to all of them: they know what they are doing and go for what they want. They are the executors of law and order. Don’t stop them.

Instead of around you, they run you over. They move forward, they can’t help it. They make sure that their environment adapts to them instead of they to their environment. For this, we can blame them for not taking others into account.

Gender/Age Neutrality:

The Knights, adorned in armor and wielding swords, transcend gender and age stereotypes. Their essence embodies qualities of action, determination, and chivalry, emphasizing that these attributes are not confined by societal expectations or the passage of time. In the tarot, the Knights represent archetypal energies that anyone can embody, regardless of gender or age.

Personality Typing and Myers-Briggs Indicators:

Knight of Wands (ESTP): Bold and adventurous, the Knight of Wands exhibits qualities of an Extroverted, Sensing, Thinking, and Perceiving individual, epitomizing the spirit of exploration and risk-taking.

Knight of Cups (ISFP): Infused with empathy and creativity, the Knight of Cups aligns with Introverted, Sensing, Feeling, and Perceiving traits, symbolizing the pursuit of dreams and emotional depth.

Knight of Swords (ESTJ): Driven by logic and decisiveness, the Knight of Swords embodies Extroverted, Sensing, Thinking, and Judging characteristics, representing assertive communication and intellectual prowess.

Knight of Pentacles (ISTP): Grounded and pragmatic, the Knight of Pentacles reflects Introverted, Sensing, Thinking, and Perceiving traits, symbolizing a meticulous and thorough approach to tasks.

Interpretation of the Knight in your reading

The Knights, as dynamic forces, bring action and progression to tarot readings. The Knight of Wands signifies the pursuit of passion, adventure, and the courage to venture into the unknown. The Knight of Cups embodies the quest for emotional fulfillment, artistic expression, and the pursuit of heartfelt dreams. The Knight of Swords represents assertive communication, intellectual pursuits, and the drive for truth. The Knight of Pentacles symbolizes a disciplined and practical approach to material and earthly matters.

These Knights serve as catalysts for change, urging us to embark on quests that align with our aspirations. Their appearance in a reading encourages us to harness their energies to overcome challenges and pursue our goals with determination.


  • Go to the page of the Minor Arcana
  • Go to the Pages
  • Visit to the Queen’s
  • Go to the Kings
  • Read more about the fire element
  • Fun documentary about Knights: Could You Survive as a Medieval Knight
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