The King of Cups ~ Exploring Your Male Role Models!
Tarot Tuesday! The card for the week is the King of Cups, representing: Emotional and spiritual relationships, wisdom and devotion. Kings are masters of their domain, and this King of Water—feelings, emotions, home and family—is a good ruler, always keeping the needs of his brethren close at heart. His counterparts in the Major Arcana are the Emperor and Hierophant, both symbols of male leaders in a material and spiritual sense.
At his best, the King of Cups is the archetype of wise and loving father. A strong male role-model; the person we go to council and support. When this King is out of balance, however, his shadow side is controlling through love, and emotional neediness. This card is an invitation to explore the male relationships in your life. This may be father, partner, boss or friend, and how they have shaped your current reality and your relationships.
This image includes a photo-booth snapshot of my Father, the day he signed up to go into the Navy. It was taken in 1948, 10 years before I was born. I love the jaunty tilt of his cap, and his big, lovely curl in front. To me, he looks a bit bewildered, perhaps thinking about his journey ahead. My Dad is a Scorpio, strong, controlling, even angry, a force to be reckoned with. We did not have an easy time in childhood, but now in later years, I have come to appreciate his strength, his unwavering heart, and always being a good provider.
As time will have it--now at 87 years old, as of Oct 23!--he has become more loving, thoughtful and open, and I cherish the time we’ve had to connect and come to a new and more loving relationship.
What is your relationships with your father? How did he mold you? What was your experience? Normally, I turn off the comment section on my blog, but for this one, I’m leaving it on, and would love to have you share your stories.
Finally, here’s a suggestion on how to commune with the King of Cups: Seek your true family, the community in which you feel at home. There you will find the quality of love and communication you long for.