Kindness and faithfulness keep a king safe; through kindness his throne is made secure.
~ King Solomon
This week of the Leo New Moon and a stressful opposition between massive Jupiter and destruct-o Pluto, we have a rare, and hopefully mediating, 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 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. He has a tolerant nature, with hidden depths, strength, and wisdom that are rare.
But make no mistake — despite his gentle nature, he is no wimp, either. While at times he can tend towards moodiness or even melancholy, as the King, he is successful, outwardly directed and possesses great power in the more aggressive, assertive “real” world. This would be in contrast to, say, the Queen of Cups, whose tender spirit can sometimes drift off into impractical dreaminess.
(Bear in mind that “King” or “Queen” may not refer to the actual gender of the person in question, but rather a certain approach and temperament, like being more extroverted (King) or introverted (Queen). Then again, sometimes the Court cards may simply be the energy of a personality, and no literal person at all.)
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 abilities 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?
In a time of stressful energies at work, 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, as they are bound to right now? This is not the time to indulge in emotional drama and histrionics, but instead, use our sensitivities for a higher purpose of good.
Who is in need of your kindly wisdom? Who could be healed by your compassion? In gentleness, there is great power; with forgiveness, profound change is possible.
Let us do only what we know in our hearts is right, and let our every action be centered in kindness. The world will be so much better when we do.