The King of Cups keeps coming up around issues of tarot work, or when I have to do tarot readings, or I ask the never-ending questions around my vocation path. It’s been happening ever since I started contemplating working as a tarot reader and throughout my study year. It’s always puzzled me a little, to be honest.
I do know that in many ways, his attributes are fitting for this work: compassion, empathy, insight, kindness, warmth. My question is, why the King and not the Queen? Above we have him in the Fairytale deck, and I love this particular interpretation as it shows two people having some form of exchange. Even before I read up on the story, the visual struck me as very apt when I drew this card for my tarot work last week. Going further, the story tells of King Cormac who agreed to exchange anything in his kingdom for a silver branch with golden apples – who made a beautiful sound and looked very pretty but is completely useless and of no value.
In the end, the King regains what he lost and the card shows him exchanging the silver branch for the golden cup of truth – good advice for not giving one’s integrity and soul away for something that looks good but is of little value in the long run. On that note, I am drawing up the criteria and boundaries for my tarot reading sessions and working on the website for this. Why is it that it took such a long time to materialize the fact that, as a tarot reader, I decide what service I offer and to whom. Perhaps that is what makes a king, King: the time to gather wisdom and weather a few storms – and most importantly, harness his inner power.