Artist: Brenda Lyons
Supportive, wise, compassionate, courteous, controlled
“The King of Cups represents emotional control, the calm of the soul even among a tumultuous sea of emotions and feelings. Even among the battering waves, his stone throne sits unmoving, and his arm holds his cup with unbreakable steadiness. He is generous, offering guidance, love and compassion. Gentle, calm eyes gaze from behind his cup, which swirls with all that can be given, through wisdom, intuition, and the creative force. A mentor, the King of Cups will listen and guide as one strong in creativity and nurturing.
A Venetian King of old, now ruler of the circus of the sea, sits on a great stone throne, surrounded by a school of brightly colored fish as they dance around him like acrobats in a big top. All about him is motion, yet he sits unmoving, calm and serene in this tumultuous performance. His face is warm and controlled, expressing his wisdom and generosity of spirit. Water foams and froths above his head, illustrating that the King is aware of the power and intensity of emotion, but he remains unruffled – he is in control and his emotions are kept in check.
This card represents a figure that accepts and appreciates his emotions, using them to guide him but they never take control – they are subject to him and not the other way around, allowing for a balance of intellect and sentiment in all things.
Astrological Element & Association
Water / Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces
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