The Card of the Day: The King of Cups (Reversed)
“Get your house in order.”
Everybody likes the King of Cups. He is kind, affable, and forgiving. He has nothing left to prove to the world, which makes him unpretentious. This is because he is completely at peace with his own feelings. He has experienced both stormy seas, and still waters that run deep. Water and cups represents feelings in the tarot, and the King of Cups is perfectly at home in the realm of his emotions. He tells us, "You are always going to have 'feelings,' why not channel their power into something constructive?"
Do you have an awareness of your feelings at this time, or do you stay busy to avoid them? Were you taught "feelings" are bad or weak? Are you sometimes so ruled by negative past emotions that you are left feeling sad, unmotivated, and depressed?
The King of Cups knows that emotions can buoy us, or sink us. Feelings can be helpful or destructive, just like the ocean. Emotions aren't good or bad, they are just fuel. The mind chooses the direction of where feelings flow. Once unleashed this can create a powerful current that manifests results, either positive or negative.
Two symbols appear the background of the King's card. The whale and the ship. The whale is the record keeper of the ocean. They are the ancient giants that remember all the way back to a time when they used to live on land. The whale symbolizes the ability to access old memories from the depths. Whales breathe air, giving them the ability to bring old, painful memories to the surface for understanding and healing. By making peace with the past you no longer have to work so hard to resist it.
The floating ship represents the power of the mind to invent solutions to harness the water (feelings). The seas and oceans used to be large barriers before humans could build ships. After people started inventing boats, the waters became super highways. Ideas were exchanged and trade increased. The waters were channeled into a positive result.
The King's stable throne remains above the waves. He is not ruled by his feelings but governs them. He stays in contact with his deep emotions and memories (the whale), but he is not overcome and submerged by them (the ship). He is able to place his focus on a goal and then summon the powers of his emotions as fuel to achieve it.
Today you choose whether to sink or swim in your own feelings. Heed the King's advice and make peace with the past. Forgive yourself for whatever is keeping you stuck. Forgive others who have hurt you, or they will continue to rule the direction of your feelings.
Your depth makes you powerful. Embrace it!
When the King of Cups appears reversed he indicates that it is time to stay calm despite stormy seas. As you can see, the figure on the card is surrounded by waters making great waves. Water signifies feelings in the tarot, and reversed cups cards usually indicate an intensification of emotional experiences. The King of Cups is seated on a firm stone platform, unaffected by the swirling waves around him. This indicates that the King has the ability to remain centered when situations that elicit an emotional reaction arise.
The King of Cups is associated with the astrological sign of Cancer, which is concerned with the house and the home. The best way to feel stable amid external emotional activity is to retreat to the home, and get your personal environment in order. Throw out things you don't need anymore. Remove clutter. The more you clean out your personal environment, the less heavy and stressed you will feel internally. What you surround yourself with daily, unconsciously affects your moods and attitude. Today, get your house in order. If you have a stable base of operations to re-center, you can handle any number of waves headed your way.