CARD OF THE DAY
King of Cups
I find this card to be an interesting modern take on a King. The image moves us from the middle ages concept of a king on a throne to a modern king of society. We see a man in a business suit sitting within a circle (symbol of wholeness) that is supported by an upward pointing triangle (symbol of stability and male energy). The triangle-circle chair sits on top of a churning sea (churning emotions). We see the waves crashing against the back of the chair but not splashing on the man. He is above the churning emotional energies around him but because his foot is immersed in the water, it shows he is not remote from or non-understanding of those swirling emotions. He is a caring person and totally connected to the emotions, but he does not let them overpower his equanimity (note the bowl balancing on the knee of his bent leg and the expression on his face). He looks to his left (the feminine side), showing again his connection to emotions and caring for others. As he looks to his left, we as the observer see his left as our right. In Tarot, right is the side of the future. Perhaps he sees things that are coming.
This man is an embodiment of “gentle power,” as the LWB describes him. He is someone who cares for others and their needs, is sympathetic, empathetic and conveys an innate warmth with dignity and kindness. He is someone we would go to in a time of trouble for protection and solace. Because he represents a strong sense of family loyalty, protection and devotion, he is the idealized concept of a loving, caring father.
Something I have never noticed about this card before today… two horizontal lines of the ocean and wave horizons run through the man. You can see these lines at his shoulder and raised knee level. Within those lines are the base of his throat chakra (speaking) and heart chakra (love). Hmm…
It will be interesting to see how the energies of this card factor into my life today.
HOW IT TURNED OUT… the King of Cups showed up at Home Depot
My husband and I were out running errands today and we made a stop at the Home Depot. (For those not living in the USA, that is a hardware store.) He had a list of things he wanted to get, many of which I knew almost nothing about. My husband has limited sight so he relies on me for extra help when we are out and about. As I was reading labels and making suggestions based on my limited knowledge, a very kind older gentleman who works at Home Depot came over and asked to help. He took so much time with my husband. He answered all his questions, explaining and showing him all the different product options they carried. He realized the sight issue right away and handled everything with patience and kindness. As I stood watching him help my husband, I realized our caring King of Cups had arrived.