King of Cups
My self-study of Tarot continues with the King of Cups. Or, as I just heard, “throne of love.”
“On the sea of love”; “A heart full of love”; “fisher of man”; aloof; side glance; firm foundation; dependable; easygoing; charismatic; going with the flow; troubadour; “Today, while the blossoms still cling to the vine…”
Crown, fish, chalice, scepter, throne, sea, ship, whale (?).
Of all things, it’s the whale-that-isn’t-a-whale that stands out. Turns out, it’s a dolphin, just not of the most-common bottlenose variety. That tiny symbol brings tones of playfulness and intelligence; gentleness and curiosity; beingness. Those tones could be considered attributes of a person, if that’s what the card symbolized in a reading.
White, gold, red, blue, gray, green.
It’s the changeable blue and green of the King’s robe that stands out for its very changeability. The obvious liquidity of the colors speaks volumes toward the emotional water element the card “testifies” for.
What the Guide Says About the King of Cups
“He holds a short scepter in his left hand and a great cup in his right, his throne is set upon the sea, on one side is a ship riding and on the other a dolphin is leaping. The implicit is that the sign of the Cup naturally refers to water, which appears in all the court cards.
“Divinatory Meanings: Fair man, man of business, law or divinity, responsible, disposed to oblige the Querent. Also equity, art and science, including those who profess science, law and art, creative, intelligence. Reversed: Dishonest, double-dealing man, roguery, exaction, injustice, vice, scandal.”
Hmm… I find myself in agreement with the divinatory meanings, overall. They make sense, if that makes sense.
What We Say About the King of Cups
Remembrance of a romance.
Reasoning with the heart.
Conveying loving stability.
One who is a romantic by nature, and who witnesses love in all.
One under the influence of love, as through rose-colored glasses.
“Just an old-fashioned love song, comin’ down in three-part harmony.”
“What the world needs now is love, sweet love.”
“The feast of reason and the flow of soul.” ~Alexander Pope
I Might Ask a Client…
“Who in your life represents emotional stability?”
“Do you find that your love for others masks behavior that could be harmful to them or you?”
What comes up for you around this card?