Knight of Pentacles is a card used in Latin-suited playing cards, including tarot decks. It is part of what tarot card readers call the “Minor Arcana.” Tarot cards are used throughout much of Europe to play parlor games. The Knights of Tarot are one of the four royal figures of the Minor Arcana. They serve the King and Queens of their suit and usually announce actions, news, and revelations. Knights are supercharged with energy. They actively bring something into your spread and your life. A knight’s most valuable items were armor, weapons, and a war horse. These three items were costly, meaning that only the wealthy could afford to be knights. Pentacles are considered the “darkest” of the suits in terms of appearance and are intended to represent dark-skinned, dark-haired people. Using this method, a Knight of Pentacles would describe a young man of dark complexion and features displaying a firmness of purpose or resoluteness.
In Medieval Times, Becoming a Knight required a life starting at seven.
- Stage 1: Page. Once a boy reached the age of seven, he would be sent to live with another lord and his family; this was known as fostering.
- Stage 2: Squire. At 14, the boy started to learn to fight on horseback.
- Stage 3: Knight. At 21, the boy was eligible to become a knight.
A knight swore to defend the weak and to uphold virtues like compassion, loyalty, generosity, and truthfulness. Knights were bound by honor, and the following vow said on bended knee, “I swear to protect my liege and freehold, to serve the good of both, though it may cost me my life. I shall serve faithfully and with honor, for the span of ten years. By this symbol of my standing in the Court of My King, I give my oath to hold this oath, lest death claims me.” The Knight’s code of chivalry prevented well-armed and well-trained knights from wreaking havoc on the general population. The Knight’s code of chivalry was a moral system that stated all knights should protect others who cannot defend themselves, such as widows, children, and elders. All knights needed the strength and skills to fight wars in the Middle Ages. By the end of the 16th century, knights were becoming obsolete as countries started creating their own professional armies that were quicker to train, cheaper, and easier to mobilize. Franz von Sickingen (2 March 1481 – 7 May 1523) was a German knight who, along with Ulrich von Hutten, led the Knight’s Revolt and was one of the most notable figures of the early period of the Reformation, and sometimes referred to as The Last Knight.
Who would be a Knight today?
Integrity is the practice of being honest and showing a consistent and uncompromising adherence to strong moral and ethical principles and values. In ethics, integrity is regarded as the honesty and truthfulness or accuracy of one’s actions. A Knight today would be a person of integrity who behaves ethically and does the right thing, even behind closed doors. For instance, informing a cashier that they gave out too much change, or going back to the store to pay for something you forgot, are two examples of integrity in everyday circumstances.
Character traits related to integrity
- Honest. Integrity requires honesty.
- Trustworthy. People with integrity follow through on their commitments.
- Responsible. Those with integrity take accountability for their actions.
- Helpful. When someone has integrity, they help those in need.
Take a firm determination to lead co-workers, customers, and stakeholders to do the right thing. An individual who values integrity is: Dependable. Honesty and integrity define probity. An example of probity is a quality one expects to see in a policeman or a lawyer. From the professional point of view, probity is being non-corrupt, fair, and upright, so if you are a person with integrity, today’s Knight, you make yourself the witness. (EZM)
WE&P by: EZorrillaM