Wisdom, control, compassion, balance
Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces
THE CARD’S STORY BY: POUL DOHLE
The King sits on a stony throne in the midst of churning waves. In his left hand the chalice of feelings, in his right the scepter of power. This chalice and scepter in union represents discipline and control. I chose the troll because it suits the King of the Cups with a gigantic appearance and his meek expression – the troll is like a stony island in the sea of emotions, his inner strength and the belief in this his way. A true haven of peace.
THE CARD’S MESSAGE BY TRISH SULLIVAN
In a murky, turbulent sea, the King of Cups is at repose on an ancient throne of rock. He is the calm in the storm, a point of serenity in a world of commotion as he as he patiently drinks his fill. You know you don’t need to ignore emotion in favor of logic. You can easily connect to your feelings, employ them as a tool, a way to help you navigate the world as a compassionate human being, rather than a distant automaton. You may not be able to exert control at all times, but you have the strength of will, and mind, to stay calm in the face of any crisis that may arise. The King of Cups represents a wise, understanding figure, a natural adviser and mentor, who is equally comfortable pulling no punches as he is when being a shoulder to lean on. Inspiring you and driving you to be more compassionate and tolerant.
MYTHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION: TROLL
Trolls are fantastical beings that appear in both Scandinavian and Norwegian folklore. Depending on the legend, they range from small creatures, to giant, cruel and vicious monsters. Norwegian huldrefolk are so similar to humans that they are nearly indiscernible as mythological creatures, but Scandinavian Jøtunn share their name with giants for a very simple reason. They are sometime portrayed as slow, sometimes gentle creature and in several tales they are depicted as calm figures with an affinity for stone, so they seemed like ideal characters for the King of Cups on his rocky throne in the sea.
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