The King of Cups
This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
— His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)
This week, we have our first ever visit from the King of Cups. The Kings of the Tarot are the overt, assertive personification of the suit’s energy. They are the builders, fathers, and rulers. They represent maturity, discipline, and mastery. They point to our own capacity to realize our full potential. And of course, the Cups preside over the realms of emotions, empathy, intuition, and love.
So of all the Kings, the King of Cups would the most gentle and compassionate leader. For instance, the Dalai Lama, a watery Cancerian, comes to mind. The leader of his nation as well as his ancient spiritual tradition, he embodies compassion and tolerance. Yet he actively opposes the injustice and oppression of the Chinese occupation.
The King of Cups is a gentle person (male or female) who has hidden depths and wisdom that are rare. While at times they can tend towards moodiness or even melancholy, as the King, they are successful, outwardly directed and possess great power in the more aggressive, assertive “real” world. This is in contrast to, say, the Queen of Cups, whose tender spirit can sometimes drift off into impractical dreaminess.
Even in the most hectic or stressful situations, the King of Cups is a person who radiates peace. If there is ever a crisis, this is the person you want to have around, lending a calm, loving hand. This person has an innate talent for cool-headedness, creativity, and balance.
The person with the King of Cups energy would be a very successful practitioner of the healing arts (either traditional or esoteric). A very sensitive soul, they also make wonderful teachers, counselors, spiritual leaders, and artists. They may also be found practicing law, or in advocacy for those who are unable to defend themselves, for their heart-centered orientation often compels them to seek justice. And their maturity, empathy and ability to go with the flow give them an edge in all matters of diplomacy.
Perhaps this is the time for you to seek such a healer, counselor, or wise listener. Who, in your current situation, balances both the cup of dreams and love in one hand, and the scepter of power in the other?
How might you be called upon to find this power in yourself? This week, consider how compassion may be required from you, especially in matters of great significance. In what ways are you called on to exercise mature restraint when emotions run high? Who is in need of your kindly, wise guidance? In gentleness, there is great power; with forgiveness, profound change is possible.
Lead from your heart, with love and kindness. For all of us, the world will be better when you do.