The Tarot Card Meanings Of The Kings
I want to do a deep dive into the meaning of each tarot card. The Rider Waite system is simply that: a system. Tarot is a tool to create a connection to our subconscious. You know more than you can imagine. I want to help you become a better tarot reader. You don’t have to do readings for anyone else but yourself. That’s mostly what I do currently, I read for myself to facilitate journaling and dealing with emotions. I only do a handful of emailed tarot readings a week. Let’s increase your knowledge of the Cards right now! Lets start with the court cards!
First up this week are KINGS!
Kings are considered to be the most mature of the Court Cards. On my first deck I designed I put my father on the King of Cups card. In Painted Tarot I have him sitting on a sofa looking out soberly. My childhood could have been better, and if you know me, you may know more deeply of some of my trauma. But growing up I definitely wanted to be a fathers girl. I loved to cuddle with my dad on the sofa, while he watched his sci fi movies. My dad worked alot so I always viewed him as this mysterious figure that would sometimes come around with candy and a hug.
I think it’s a helpful remembering device to think of the kings as the Daddy cards! They are sort of the parents for the court cards. They have traveled through life successfully and are now at the pinnacle of experience and understanding. You can learn much from the kings. Thus, the Kings represent the fully developed personalities of each of the Suits. As people, Kings have full control over the feelings, emotions, thoughts and actions that form part of his personality. As such, they are stable and solid, and are highly capable of directing the flow of their energy to achieve their visions and goals.
The kings definitely have their shit together. They like to manage, direct and stabilise the energy associated with their Suit. Kings like to be seen as the providers, taking responsibility for others’ well-being. Kings want to make a difference and have an impact on the world. They draw upon the various elements of their personalities to make their mark. On a physical level, Kings often represent older males aged 40 and above. While not all Kings have to be male, these Court Cards do represent dominant masculine energy – someone who controls and directs and who wants to be in command.
Pages conceive ideas, Knights act upon ideas, Queens nurture ideas and now Kings develop those ideas to an established and stable state. Thus, as an event, Kings signify the growth and maturity of an idea or concept right through until reaches completion.
I like the king cards. They are the heroes of the sory. We think of kings as being the winners. “Zeus,” Museum of Olympia, Greece. In Greek mythology, Zeus (Jupiter in Roman mythology) was the king of heaven and Earth and of all the Olympian gods. … He was also known as the god of justice. He was named king of the gods in the special meeting that followed his overthrow of the god Cronus and the Titans.
King Of Cups
Be logical but stay compassionate and kiind! The King of Cups, like all the court cards in the suit of Cups, represents emotion, creativity, and the unconscious. Cups are filled with love, overflowing with abundance! The king of the cups is calm. He is a master of his own feelings, and remains in control of his emotions. Not to say that he represses those feelings and sentiments. On the contrary, the King of Cups represents the balance between the emotions and the intellect. Calm and collected, empathetic yet calculated. He is a master of compassion and kindness and his card often indicates strong bonds in a relationship based on temperance and understanding.
As an event, the King of Cups indicates a situation where you feel very emotionally balanced and in control. You have a very deep understanding of your feelings and emotions, and are able to connect with this when necessary. As you deal with some of the scenarios that life throws at you, draw on this deep emotional maturity to help you navigate these challenges. Also, know that this is an incredible gift you have and be open to sharing your emotional stability and calm approach with others. I think I made my father this card because it is everything I wish he was. I actually have never emotionally connected with my father and we don’t speak often. I love the idea of the King of cups being the perfect father. Masculine yet emotionally sensitive.
King Of Pentacles
The King of coins is the ultimate provider!! The King of Pentacles represents abundance, security, ambition, power, stability, discipline, trustworthiness and control. He is a fatherly figure who likes to take care of others through providing advice, guidance and wisdom, as well as more material aspects such as financial support and wealth. He is a true provider and generates a lot of his self-worth from what he has accumulated and what he can share with others. Think generous big daddy warbucks. As an event, the King of Pentacles often indicates the final fulfilment of a creative task, business venture, or investment. Through diligence, responsibility and attention to detail you have achieved great things and can finally say that you have completed your task or attained your goal. You can now enjoy all that you have accomplished and the successes you have created. You have created a richness of life, not just financially but also spiritually, which will set you up very well for the future. The reverse of this card are the dangers of greed.
King Of Swords
The logic of the swords makes the king a respected leader but also often feared. Violence can be logical and a tool. The King of Swords is a symbol of intellectual power and authority, and has the courage and intellect to accomplish all that he desires. He represents judgement, command, and rulership. His character indicates the stern leadership of a judge, lawyer, or military commander whose emotions must be kept in check under the pressure of battle. When you encounter this card think of how the sword has two sides, good and bad. The King of Swords asks you to remain detached and objective in a specific situation, in order to ascertain the truth and seek out only the facts. You need to use your intellect to prove your point and succeed. Your education and experience are important but so are your day-to-day observations and thoughts. You can also solve problems by using history, rules, laws and diplomacy. Don;t let your emotions run away with you, sometimes you must put your feelings aside and let logic guide you to the correct solution.
King Of Wands
This card is the charismatic leader who unites people and gets shit done! The King of Wands represents pure fire energy. Unlike the other Wands court cards, he is not so interesting in actual creation and creativity, or in dreaming up ideas and implementing them himself. Instead, he is more inclined to take an idea and change the world to match his vision. As such he is a natural-born leader of all kinds of people, and he is very visionary. Once he sets himself a goal, he sticks to it and ensures that he can make it happen with the support of those around him. People naturally gravitate towards this King as they know he will get things done and will do it very well. He is a master, too, at being able to get other people to do his work for him, and keep them on-side throughout the process. The wands are all about action and hard work. The appearance of the King of Wands also suggests that an opportunity is presenting itself to you, and you now have the power to accept the opportunity and take on the challenge. You are the determining factor in this situation, and circumstances will navigate in the direction you steer them. Indecision or doubt will not be appropriate responses when clarity and confidence are required. However, as you progress in this new role, it will begin to feel more comfortable. I often feel energies from the emperor in this card.
What do you think? Do you like the big daddy cards?
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