Iowan's Tarot. This is an African-American deck with changed suit names: Staves (Wands), Gourds (Cups), Spears (Swords) and Cowries (Pentacles). The Courts are titled Counsel (Page), Rhythm (Knight), Wellspring (Queen), and GateKeeper (King), which I think is an interesting and useful approach to the Court roles. Also, all but one Major has been renamed.
For this first draw I received the Rhythm of Gourds (Knight of Cups). All the Rhythm cards show a woman in a warrior-type asana position. Here, she wears a blue body suit, straddles a small stream pouring down boulders, and holds a carp-decorated ball on her upraised hand. I find it interesting that, when I wrote a post associating warrior poses with the tarot Knights, this is pretty much the pose that I chose for the Knight of Cups! And speaking of yoga, a quick reminder that I'm running a yule yoga giveaway, if you haven't taken part yet :)
This image suggests to me an ability to be open hearted, to go with the flow emotionally, and yet to still be strong and dedicated. Depending on my mood, I can imagine associating the carp with saying what you think the other wants to hear (Koi ⇒ coy). It can also be associated with love and friendship - according to wikipedia the Japanese have another word that sounds just like koi and means love and affection. Both interpretations fit my ideas about the Knight of Cups.
I really like the title Rhythm for this Knight equivalent. It has a great sense of movement, and yet also a sense of power and naturalness. When I think of the Rhythm of Gourds, I imagine water sloshing round inside a gourd, not a rigid sound but rather one that is variable and flowing.
This morning I'll be working on my essay a bit more, talking about emotions and the fluid process of working with a client. This afternoon we go to a house warming party, where there'll be plenty of liquid flowing, as well as music to sway to ;D
I am grateful for times of emotional openness and joy.