King of Cups
When a King makes an appearance within a reading, there is typically an invitation to consider the characteristics personified by the energy of that particular monarch. When we think of Kings, we’re invited to consider our personal sovereignty, dominion and power. While married with the card’s element, in this case water, so issues related to the inner world, the subconscious, our emotions and feelings, to offer a simple overview of this complex watery modality and mix.
Being a King, so a high ranked card, he has developed mastery over his assigned element, a state of inner balance, reacting from a position of emotional stability and control. For when his waters are stirred, like the swan Illustrated upon this lovely card, he remains emotionally centred, poised and graceful.
If you’ve ever witnessed an emotionally charged individual in a time of crisis, then you’ll know just how incredibly stressful and frustrating they can be. Firstly, there is the event that triggers the situation that needs calmly confronting, and like petrol being thrown upon a naked flame, an emotionally reactive individual will add to the drama. First, they panic, overreact, then respond by chucking everything at the problem, in the hope that something will make the problem stop or go away. In many ways, this is the exact opposite of the emotionally refined King of Cups. For this was the King in his early years, but now he has mastered his emotions, confronted his triggers and disciplined his nature.
Like stormy clouds brewing in the distance, you may be required to step into a challenging setting that needs a level head, a calm response to a stressful event. Think in terms of a spiritual mentor or counsellor, for you may need to offer a shoulder to lean upon, words of guidance and advice. The need to steady the waters, bring wisdom to the table, comfort and support.