The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.
Elisabeth Kühler-Ross, On Death and Dying
Back before our whole world changed forever, long ago under the February 2020 Full Moon, when “pandemic” was a word that had not quite gotten our full attention, this noble leader came to visit. He returns in the holiest week of Christendom, for Jewish Passover, and this week’s Supermoon of the Aries-Libra polarity. As a witness and guide for a journey that has turned profoundly grievous across our entire planet, let us turn our hearts towards 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 as you probably know, 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. Men and women that align with this King are known for their tolerant natures, with hidden depths, strength, and wisdom that are rare. Their leadership is highly intuitive and centered on service.
But make no mistake — despite his gentle nature, this King 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 is in contrast to, say, the Queen of Cups, whose tender spirit can sometimes drift off into impractical dreaminess.
(Please remember that although Tarot is rooted in a heteronormative tradition, “King” or “Queen” need not refer to a particular gender. In fact, 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 someone you’d 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.
The Aries-Libra Supermoon
This week’s Full Moon is a Supermoon – a term coined by astrologer Richard Nolle. He explains that a Supermoon is “a new or full moon which occurs with the Moon at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit.”
Richard is legendary for his accurate predictions that Supermoons often accompany major earthquakes, extreme weather, and even geopolitical dramas on our planet.
Of this week’s event, he writes, “Keep an eye out for the last full SuperMoon of the year, on April 8 (GMT) at 18° 43’ Libra. This anchors a worldwide geophysical shock window that runs from the 5th through the 11th – replete with an increase in the number and intensity of strong storms (high winds and heavy precipitation), as well as extreme tidal events, M5+ earthquakes and notable volcanic eruptions.”
Just the sort of sudden change that a flexible, steadying leader like the King of Cups can easily navigate.
In addition, our wise friend, Lorna Bevan at Hare in the Moon astrology notes:
Light is information; Love is creation. The new Work is creative, where the past Work was transformational, dark, brutal and dangerous. There is no comparison.
This is no ordinary week – it is a giant crossroads collectively and personally – a choice point whose outcomes will determine your trajectory. During this dark shadow that is eclipsing the globe, will you cling to a victim perspective or will you emerge with greater insight by becoming someone who is using the mud to transform into the lotus?
The Chandra Symbol for the Sun at the Super Full Moon Aries 18:
Neither being one thing nor another.
“A very intensive process begins to do its relentless work – a cosmic power is being brought through. And it is so massive that it is of an overwhelming destiny kind. The whole Earth is going through radical changes and somebody has to witness and draw out the lessons and meaning. A shadow aspect looms large here. Past karmas reverberate. These are times when great truths are revealing through cracked strange vessels.
The King of Cups is nothing, if not flowing, changing, and a vessel of awareness himself. Shall he teach us to become, ourselves, the very Grail we seek?
In addition, the brilliant Diane Lang suggests:
Since the Full Moon is in Libra, it would be good to honor those qualities Libra loves. Justice and fairness for all with a liberal dose of compromise to make it happen. This is a good time to brush up on our listening skills in order to really hear both sides of the issues presented.
Libra also prefers to carefully weigh the information before making an informed decision. Now is definitely not the time to rush to judgment! Take care, stay safe and continue to practice patience and kindness.
The King of Cups is in full harmony with these suggestions. In troubled times, we are called on to expand our powers of forgiveness and compassion. He would definitely agree with my personal favorite living King of Cups, His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, who exhorts us to “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”
Beautiful People Do Not Just Happen
This week may be the time for you to seek emotional healing. This could be a professional counselor, or just a 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 this time of extraordinarily 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 higher than we have ever seen in our lifetimes?
This is not the time to indulge in histrionics, but instead, use our sensitivities for a higher purpose of good.
We are being tested — hard — and on an unprecedented global scale.
It is becoming very clear to all who have eyes to see, those who respond by stepping up with generosity, patience, and empathy, and those whose veneer of civilization cracks under the pressure, revealing angry, selfish, dangerous immaturity.
Like this King, let us be aware that every word and deed is now rippling out beyond our knowing. In gentleness, there is great power; with forgiveness, profound healing is possible. Even in the face of mortal threat, let us do only what we know in our hearts is right, letting our every action be centered in love.