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“King of Swords”

King of Swords

 

It doesn’t quite feel like it fits, but I trust there’s a reason – a method to the madness.  Actually, if I’m not mistaken, maybe it does fit… I think this card came up in my June reading, will have to verify later.  If that’s the case, then I could be getting a glimpse of the week ahead…

King of Swords is about law, order, justice, fairness, rules, and regulation.  Connected to the Emperor, I believe, this King enforces “right” action.  When this card surfaces, it could mean that the quarrent (in this case, me), may be the “middle man” who solves disagreements between others.  This king is a problem solver who insists that the right actions are taken.

Kings represent a masculine, fatherly energy.  When we think of motherly energy, we think of compassion and nurturing.  When we think of fatherly energy, we think “enforcer” and “provider”.

Swords represent action and transformation.

Add those together and you have a masculine energy enforcing transformative action.

Coupling this with the Stand Your Ground fairy oracle from this morning, I actually feel pretty good about this card’s energy today… he’s letting me know that I’m in the right position, that I’m taking the right kinds of actions, and that I’m viewing things objectively (as opposed to being clouded by emotional attachment or personal gain).

Additionally, if we look at last week’s repeat cards of the Letting Go fairy and the 5 of swords, these cards confirm that I’ve corrected the problem.  I’ve gone from “Letting Go”, to “Stand Your Ground”, that’s a complete transformation right there.  The five of swords indicated a selfish attitude, one privvy to immoral behaviors based on self interest – to the King of Swords who is about justice, fairness, and balance…. another complete opposite.  I’m not sure exactly what I did to flip this situation, but whatever it was, I must have done it correctly and I’m being urged to keep on keepin’ on with whatever it is I’m doing.

I do know that the “cloud” I was under last week has lifted.  I don’t feel nearly as exhausted or “beat up” by my life’s circumstances.  I don’t feel that depression lingering that I felt like I was battling last week, so whatever I did that was “right”, even if I can’t identify it, I sure am grateful for it. (Way to go, me! *grins*)

Now… let’s check the other sources just for good measure:

Here’s from LearnTarot.com:

Intellectual
is comfortable in the world of the mind
uses thought creatively
grasps information quickly and completely
inspires and challenges through ideas
ably carries out research
is knowledgeable 
Analytical
cuts through confusion and mental fog
applies reason and logic
is talented with games and other mental challenges
easily breaks up complicated subjects
is adept at argument and debate
understands a problem quickly 
Articulate
is adept at language and verbal skills
communicates ideas successfully
is a stimulating conversationalist
often serves as a group spokesperson
is a lucid writer and speaker 
Just
renders honest, insightful judgments
understands and honors all sides of an issue
is concerned about truth and fairness
views situations with a dispassionate eye
is impartial and objective 
Ethical
is a moral/ethical leader
encourages high standards
works against corruption and dishonesty
takes the high road in all dealings
lives by his or her highest principles

In readings, the King of Swords asks you to take the kinds of actions he might take. For example: telling the truth, thinking up a solution, communicating well, or judging fairly. This King can also represent a man or woman who is acting as he does, or an atmosphere of reason, honesty and high standards. In a reading, he tells you that his special energy has meaning for you at this time. Let yourself be inspired by this King in whatever form he appears in your life.

 

The personality of the King of Swords is a combination of the positive air energy of the Swords suit and the active, outward focus of a King. He is a man of intellect who can absorb and work with information of all kinds. As a master of reason and logic, he analyzes any problem with ease. He can work out solutions quickly and explain them lucidly to others. In a chaotic situation, he cuts through the confusion and provides the clarity needed to move forward. Others seek him out to present their case as he speaks with eloquence and insight. He is always truthful and can be relied on to handle any situation fairly and honorably. When a judgment is called for, he can render an impartial but just decision. He is incorruptible and lives by the highest ethical standards. He encourages those around him to do the same, and they often live up to his expectations.

*Note: This source lists swords as an air element.  I learned it (and resonate with it) differently, swords being the element of fire, transformation, action (as opposed to thought).  I’m aware that there is no “right” or “wrong” way of understanding this, and that intuition is meant to lead the way.  Whether the reader chooses air or fire for swords, either way is fine… as long as they choose one and stick with it.  For me, swords will always represent fire and change.

And here’s from Aeclectic Tarot:

KINGS

Kings. Although they come last, they really should come first, as Kings are where the Court Cards start. They are the fire – their element – the passion, the driving force. This is why Crowley has them as Knights instead, riding on horseback (rather than sitting passively on a throne), filled with energy, moving, leading. Kings are related to the Emperor, and like him they are planners, motivators, commanders, and creators; the one who rallies everyone together to form the kingdom. (Think Henry V.) The Queen is the one who will make it real, and the Knight/Prince will take it beyond the castle walls. But without the King, it won’t happen at all.

Thus, Kings in a spread can indicate motivation, a beginning or start of something.

King of Swords

Call him “The Judge”. His kingdom is the kingdom of high ideals. Loving, friendly, but distant, the one thing everyone says about this man is “He’s Fair.” Likely a lawyer, judge, musician, politician or designer, he is a patient, careful man, with very high ideals. Here is a man of eloquence, so good with words and debate that he can easily see the other side of every argument. This does not keep him from his own strong beliefs, beliefs which he expects his family and friends to adhere to. Not that he isn’t a good father; he can be kind, playful, a loving and faithful husband. He treats his wife and kids fairly, hearing them out, acknowledging when they are right. But if he is against child labor, and won’t wear certain shoes to protest it, no one in his family can wear those shoes either. And he’ll be bitterly disappointed in them if they do. Unlike the King of Cups, this King does not put “Family first, right or wrong.” Ideals come first, and he can be unforgiving of the family member who is weak or more “human” than he. He is willing to go on hunger strikes, fight or die for these high minded ideals. He will not budge when it comes to upholding them, not even for his nearest and dearest.

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King of Cups

“King of Cups”

I’m actually glad I drew this card because it’s one I really don’t know all that well and am looking forward to learning more about. There are certain things I do know, so I’ll start there, then reference other sources and see what I’m missing.

First of all, I look at the fact that this card is represented by the suit of Cups, meaning it’s an emotion-based card. This card is about feelings, emotions, and planning.

Secondly, I look at the fact that this card is a King, meaning it’s got a sort of “paternal” energy to it, a father-figure authoritive flavor. Kings are about law, order, rules, and regulations.

Add the cups to the king and I come up with a need to get a tighter reign on emotional conditions. Beware of tendencies toward depression, drama, fear – or even their opposites. Seek balance in emotional states and don’t let emotions get unruly.

It reminds me of what I wrote last night about knowing temper tantrums won’t solve anything.

If I’m not mistaken (which I could be), I think I remember this card being associated with Cancer in the Zodiac (although the fish around the King’s neck makes me think Pisces). If I’m accurate about it being a Cancer sign, then those energies would also apply. Cancer energies are highly subjective to depression and/or mood swings. It’s an extremely emotional energy, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing if those emotions are well balanced, although Cancer energy sometimes has a tendency to focus on the negative. Cancer energy is highly focused on homes and work and can also tend to be introverted (loner). The cancer energy does seem to align here with the King’s authority asking for more order and regulation, coupled with the cups suit of emotion.

So if I drew this card in a reading for someone else, I’d advise them to work hard at keeping their emotions in check, warding off depression or tendencies to focus on the negative, and to invest more energies into home, family, and work to help restore emotional balance.

Am I right? *shrugs*

Let’s check the other sources:

Here’s from LearnTarot.com:

Wise
gives good advice
has a deep grasp of human nature
teaches through loving attention
knows what others need for growth
sees right to the heart of the matter
understands many levels of experience

Calm
maintains his or her composure
has a quieting influence on others
is emotionally stable and secure
keeps his or her head in a crisis
never seems nervous or tense

Diplomatic
can balance the needs of many people
keeps everyone working together happily
can diffuse a tense situation
achieves goals through subtle influence
says just the right word at the right time

Caring
responds to emotional needs
is a natural healer and therapist
takes action to help those in need
feels compassion for the less fortunate
does volunteer and charity work

Tolerant
has open and broad-minded views
accepts the limitations of others
is comfortable with all types of people
allows others their freedom
is patient in trying circumstances

The personality of the King of Cups is a combination of the positive water energy of the Cups suit and the active, outward focus of a King. He is wise and understanding, with a deep knowledge of the world that comes from the heart. He is a teacher and way-shower who guides his students with loving attention. He cares about others sincerely and always responds to their needs with compassion. He heals with a gentle touch and a quiet word. He is calm and relaxed in all situations, seeming to know intuitively what is called for at any moment. Others turn to him for advice because they know he will listen attentively. There is always a peacefulness around him that others respond to. He is tolerant of all points of view and shows patience in the most trying circumstances. He gives others freedom to grow and develop in their own ways without asking anything in return.

In readings, the King of Cups asks you to take the kinds of actions he might take. For example: responding calmly in a crisis, using diplomacy rather than force, reaching out to help, or accepting a different point of view. This King can also represent a man or woman who acts as he does, or an atmosphere of caring, tolerance and understanding. In a reading, he tells you that his special energy has meaning for you at this time. Let yourself be inspired by this King in whatever form he appears in your life.

Well, looks like I missed my mark on a grand scale on this one! And this is why I continue to study and learn. I wasn’t entirely wrong, but I put my focus too much on what could be wrong instead of how to project the “healthy” energy of this card by being calm, and I totally missed the boat on the healer aspect. Looking at the waters beneath him may help me remember… even though the waters are stormy and rocky, he’s poised with an assuredness. Much to learn. Much to learn.

And here’s from Aeclectic Tarot:

KINGS
Kings. Although they come last, they really should come first, as Kings are where the Court Cards start. They are the fire – their element – the passion, the driving force. This is why Crowley has them as Knights instead, riding on horseback (rather than sitting passively on a throne), filled with energy, moving, leading. Kings are related to the Emperor, and like him they are planners, motivators, commanders, and creators; the one who rallies everyone together to form the kingdom. (Think Henry V.) The Queen is the one who will make it real, and the Knight/Prince will take it beyond the castle walls. But without the King, it won’t happen at all.

Thus, Kings in a spread can indicate motivation, a beginning or start of something.

King of Cups

The decision to start a new relationship may indicate a man deciding to propose or just finally motivating himself to approach a special someone. This is a new love, but it is a mature love, one that is determined. Can also indicate a man motivated to be a new and better provider, father and husband.

Whao, Nellie – I missed this one by a long shot. Not only does it give me a better understanding of this card and an ability to better interpret his meaning when he comes up in readings, but … holy hot dogs, Bat Man… what does this mean for me? I didn’t just draw this card today for the sake of learning… I drew it for its divinitory message as it applies to me!

*head rattle*

Okay, here’s one more source I found this morning, just for good measure. At least I had the “Cancer” part correct:

From: The Philosopher’s Stone

King of Cups
Correspondences
Value: 14
Simon’s Exegesis: The Fisher King
Key Expressions: Loving Authority, Ruling through Emotional Manipulation, stability amidst turmoil, comfort, safety, travel
Jungian Type: ENFJ
Element: Water of Air
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
Zodiac Element: Cardinal Water
Persona: Father, Husband, Teacher
Direction: West
Gender (main): Female
Gender (secondary): Female
Domain: Emotions
Common Card : King of Hearts

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