In my post about the Queens I explained that I had begun to understand the court cards better when I decided to read them all as representations of myself. This is true, and is something that as a new reader I am still doing at the moment, but this is not the only way to read them. One of the more common ways to read the knights are as young, or immature, men, often from late teens to mid-thirties.
The Knight of Swords is swift and impulsive and doesn’t always consider consequences before he goes charging into challenges or conflict. He is restless, ambitious, confident and assertive. Sometimes this can go from assertive to aggressive if he does not have the necessary emotional maturity to control himself. This knight is a force of intellect and he is completely fearless. Of the four, he is the one most likely to throw himself head first into any situation, and he loves facing new challenges.
Greer sees this Knight as an ENTJ. He draws energy from interacting with others, prefers generalisations to specifics, relies on logic, and likes structure and organisation.
The Knight of Wands is full of charisma, and he is naturally fun-loving. He is overflowing with energy and enthusiasm, with a great sense of humour. He has loads of creativity but can also be impulsive, meaning many of his ideas fail due to lack of planning. Luckily, his optimism and confidence means he is always able to pick himself up, put his failure behind him, and move on to the next idea.
For Greer, this knight is an ENFP. Like the Knight of Swords, his energy comes from interacting with others and he prefers generalisations to specifics. This Knight however makes decisions based on emotional and personal consequences and likes to take the world as it comes.
The Knight of Cups is the artistic romantic who is sensitive and seductive. His lack of emotional maturity means he is also often moody and narcissistic. He can be very kind and empathetic however, and is the kind of young man who could introduce you to lots of new experiences. This is a guy who really wants to follow his dreams but, again, his lack of maturity means he doesn’t always consider the consequences, or the reality, of his situation.
Greer believes this knight is an INFP (incidentally, I am also an INFP). He, unlike the other knights, draws energy from solitude. He prefers generalisations to specifics, makes decisions based on emotional and personal consequences, and values spontaneity and surprise.
The Knight of Pentacles is usually the only one of the knights who is depicted standing still. All the other knights can be seen charging into something, whilst this knight prefers to take things slow and steady. He is patient, dedicated, methodical, and practical. This young man is very serious and is rarely the life of the party. He is the most reliable and loyal of the four knights.
This knight, according to Greer, is an ESFJ. He draws energy from interacting with others, appreciates concrete details and clear procedures, makes decisions on the basis of emotional and personal consequences, and likes his life to be scheduled and organised.