King of Cups – Roi De Coupe | Tarot de Marseille
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I. The upright meaning of Roi De Coupe
He seems to be the man of adeptness, and we can trust him with his great emotional experiences. His left chest (our right side), the position of the heart, is drawn especially wide. This is a person with a big heart; his cup is open, and he generously gives a sense of love, joy of life, and the peace of high emotions. He was able to perform great actions based on his love for the world: he could be a great therapist, a counselor, a doctor, an assistant, a good man, and a generous person.
Roi De Coupe, like all Court cards, represents emotion, creativity, and the unconscious. Unlike the Knave, Knight, and Queen of Cups (Valet De Coupe, Cavalier De Coupe, Reine De Coupe) he expresses much more restraint in his emotional state. He masters his own feelings and remains master of his emotions, not to say that he represses these sensations and intuitions. That is why this card represents the balance between emotions and intellect. He is a master of compassion and kindness, thus, this card often indicates strong bonds in a relationship based on temperance and understanding.
As such, this card reveals that you will feel very emotionally balanced and in control. You have a very good understanding of your feelings and emotions, and you can connect them if necessary. As you get rid of the pitfalls of life on your path, take advantage of this deep emotional maturity to help you to overcome these challenges easily. Also, it is an amazing gift, and you should be ready to share this emotional stability and calm approach with others.
If you are bothered by annoyances, Roi De Coupe advises balancing your feelings. He represents the compassion that is one of the most powerful and beautiful qualities of the human spirit. Let’s ask yourself, “How can I raise my consciousness without being overwhelmed by its power? How can I develop a greater sense of compassion without falling into the trap of sentimentality?” This card encourages you to be considerate in your relationships with others and to counsel them. You may need to understand why strong feelings emerge and how to manage them in the best way.
It is important not to suppress the emotions but to explore them openly and freely. Sometimes, this card represents an elderly man who may appear in your life. That person could be a businessman, a man of law or spirituality, kind, considerate and ready to take responsibility for his actions. He is paternalistic but in a sensitive and generous way and enjoys a warm power through the assignment he gives to others. He is able to listen attentively to others and reacts calmly in case of crisis. He exercises diplomacy rather than strength and seeks to help, rather than suffocate or gain the upper hand. Likewise, this card brings generosity, kindness, love, calm and attention to the consultant who has chosen him. He exercises power in the business world and enjoys public order. You would like him to be your doctor. In case of a crisis, he gives you his wisdom.
Roi De Coupe is clearly diplomatic and politically correct. He has a real talent for balancing the needs of many people and allows everyone to work together, harmoniously and productively. He knows how to be vigilant and sensitive in guiding others towards a common goal. It responds carefully to the emotional needs of others and can soften a tense situation by calming the various people involved. If you are being personally put to the test, this card means that you will have the strength to block the negative energy of others.
You must know your limits clearly and what is emotionally acceptable or not for you. This King offers you his balance and the control of his emotions. He uses his emotional intelligence to make thoughtful decisions and lets no circumstance or whim to distract him from his choices and morals of life.
II. The reversed meaning of Roi De Coupe
If he becomes negative, King of Cups will pour his hatred into the family and the world. He could be an alcoholic, a bastard who loves himself, a hypocrite, or a sickly jealous person; or he may represent failed commercials.
The reversed Roi De Coupe denounces someone incredibly emotional and manipulative. He is toxic, moody, pouting and out of touch with others, especially if things do not go as planned. He can be vindictive and vengeful, and he uses his talent to punish others through emotional manipulation. He uses blackmail to manipulate and advance his own plans. This person fills you with doubts and makes you feel as if you are the problem, not him. This leads to emotional instability, absolutely undeserved. If it sounds like someone you have met in the past, there is still work to be done to free you from that case.
This card in reverse can also be an emotional and mature person who has let his emotions control his life. If you are in this case, you may be dependent on others. Illusions, alcoholism or other forms of addiction are too dangerous to deal with emotional pain. They may create the uncomfortable feeling of being trapped in a relationship with a dependent and sensitive person, or in a co-dependent situation. You may be struggling with self-deception and/or disappointment with others, and the most important thing in this situation is to see yourself and others with a clear and compassionate look, without feeling addicted or weak.
In love, reversed Roi De Coupe suggests that you feel confused about your relationship and your emotions are unbalanced and uncontrollable. You are unsure of your true feelings, and they seem to change daily. You must also pay attention to the messages that you send to your partner because it may be lost easily between your ups and downs. It is probably better to keep some distance in the relationship until you stabilize your feelings and control your emotional state.
In summary, the King in reverse means that you need more control to empower your emotional state. At the moment, you are a free element driven by his emotions. Be responsible for your life but wait for the universe or destiny to show you the way.
III. When Roi De Coupe speaks up
“I covered my body with thin silk. My hat opened like a cup to reach the farthest part of the universe. This is not the crown of the order but a hat of receptive understanding. I follow the universal will of love. With the experience gained from my age, I understand that there is no greater knowledge than kindness. My open cup is filled with great emotions, they are given to those who are hungry for peace. Everything is growing around me. Under its intense appearance, I see the true nature of the world: simple and gentle.
My kingdom is flourishing because I give everything I receive; there is nothing that is only for me but not for others. I sincerely reveal my satisfaction with the existence of conscious individuals. People can believe in my collaboration and help. I do not order but only serve my essential part. I am not the road myself but just a welcome carpet. My palace openly welcomes four essential points. Those who come to me will be healed. I am a vivid proof of myths like Saint Louis. I can also be God”.