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Tarot Card for the Week of April 6-12, 2020: King of Cups

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?

She adds:

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.

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  • April 6, 2020, 10:53 pm Mary Boyd

    That’s a tremendous forecast during which to turn 40. But, I do find it comforting that the King of Cups is the one that has risen to see us through. I think the influence is there to find, if you look. Social media is such a hotbed of discontent and maleficence typically, but especially now, you can find compassion sprouting all over, sometimes from the most unexpected people. It’s as if we’re suddenly remembering that we DO have the capacity for empathy and being emboldened by the situation enough to embrace it and show it. Well wishes of health to everyone.

  • April 7, 2020, 4:36 am Deborah Gregory

    A beautifully written and beautifully quoted post Beth – one that I needed to read today! Thank you for sharing your deep Tarot wisdom and brilliant King of Cups insights. My 2nd Saturn Return began on Friday 21st March when Saturn entered Aquarius – two days later here in the UK due to the coronavirus we went into lockdown. Change is in the air for sure as individual and collective structures now fall away. Blessings always, Deborah.

  • April 7, 2020, 8:34 am Beth

    Oh, Mary — what a beautiful response! You brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for your thoughts.

    And you as well, dearest Deborah. What a Saturnine way this is, to move through your 2nd Saturn return!

    I am honored to be allowed to help the King’s healing strength flow into your hearts at this pivotal time — truly a crossroads such as we have never seen.

    Blessings that you may be well and thrive.

  • April 7, 2020, 8:49 am nofixedstars

    “Shall he teach us to become, ourselves, the very Grail we seek?”

    i love this idea, this metaphor. and if we are to become in ourselves the grail we seek, then the next question is obviously “whom do we serve?”

    the land, as ever, as the ultimate base for justice and balance, and the forces of life and love…

    how do we do this? you thoughtfully provided the answer: by doing “only what we know in our hearts is right, letting our every action be centered in love.”

  • April 7, 2020, 10:36 am Sarah

    Thank you for your insights Beth, as always.

  • April 7, 2020, 4:41 pm Beth

    This is SO BEAUTIFUL. I am totally in this place. A huge life changing decision is looming and I’m really not sure which way to go. Feels like catch 22. Today I’ve been doing lots of floating on the seas of spirit and earth and not trying to hold on to any hard edges of my personality or will. Just trying to float, until I can feel my way more. I drew the king of cups yesterday. Ahhhhhh.

  • April 7, 2020, 9:39 pm Jacqueline

    I am so looking forward to the King of Cups energy emerging in the world to heal us all.

    Slight correction is that the Full Moon Sun being at 18° 43’ Aries means the Chandra symbol is 19 Aries (the wave crests at the following degree) which is:
    “ARIES 19
    Someone performing trephination.
    The head densely holds the patterns of the past as fixed routes. There are points along the journey where everything must be dropped and where all previous experience becomes no longer applicable. You are treated to a destiny-surge of power which obliterates the traces of petty limitation and habitual tracks. A radical departure into the infinite unknown becomes the only way to go. As the ego-mind no longer bears the authority to command and dictate and coerce, vision is released, awareness becomes visceral, everything lights up directly. And as the old carcass is removed, the universal life-force streams in, giving a much brighter angle and leaning to move with. Identity smashed to make room for totality in a fresh and uninhibited expression and embodiment of its call, and in its need for those who can drop everything and tune right in to what wants to emerge here, of itself. “

  • April 8, 2020, 8:26 am Beth

    Jacqueline – thank you for this correction. I am surprised Lorna would have gotten it wrong, and will let her know there was a question. A most interesting alternative view!

  • April 8, 2020, 6:53 pm Jacqueline

    Hi again Beth, I wrote to Lorna who clarified as follows: “Thanks for your message.I think you’ll find that he [Ellias Lonsdale] also described the exact degree as the karmic degree which I occasionally intuit is needed.” Hope that is helpful to everyone. I was not familiar with that.

  • April 9, 2020, 9:48 am Beth

    Thank you, Jacqueline! I never had a chance yesterday to contact Lorna, so I am very glad you did. And besides — I am sure you understood her answer far better than I would have. ❤️

  • April 10, 2020, 11:21 am Jacqueline

    Welll… I have never heard of this use of a “karmic” degree. The Sabian symbols and Chandra symbols label the 30 degrees of each sign 1-30. There is no “zero” symbol – so the 1st degree of each sign begins at 0 degrees 01 seconds and rises like a wave to peak at 1 degree zero seconds. The last degree is called 30 but begins at 29 degrees 01 seconds and rises to 0 degrees zero seconds. According to Ellias Lonsdale, each degree has an angelic guardian and a specific meaning. Thus 18° 43’ Aries falls squarely in the 19th degree and is symbolically ruled by that degree so I personally would read it that way.
    To be fair to Lorna though, all symbols are “flexible” in that the meaning is guided by the reader’s intuition. Think of how tarot readers all have personal meanings that they assign to each card as well as standard meanings. Spirit speaks to each of us in the language that we co-create with Spirit. Thus I trust that Lorna understood this degree in a way that created an important understanding that Spirit was sending her. I read it differently based on what I know and see a slightly different meaning. As with all profound truths, even the opposite of a profound truth can in itself be a profound truth according to the great physicist Niel Bohrs 🙂