Daily Tarot Card–King of Cups

Alice King of Cups

Continuing on with the Alice Tarot, I pulled the King of Cups today. As I shuffled I mentally asked “What is the lesson I need to learn today?”

So the King of Cups is Fire of Water. We have contrasts here. The King is normally in control of his emotions, someone with great depth of feeling and a love for the arts, but the Alice Tarot gives us a King who is, according to the book, “pompous,” “hen-pecked,” and bossed around by his wife, the Queen of Hearts. Maybe his attempts to try to keep from being overshadowed by her led to the pomposity. I see this as the shadow side of the card, things to guard against: letting your feelings be easily hurt and using your position to try dominate others to make yourself feel important. Vanity. If his elements become unbalanced with either one taking over you can get volatile emotions.

Well, so far no one has caused me to come unglued on them so I’d say all is well for the day. Maybe I just need to read a poem. It is National Poetry Month, after all.

I thought Lewis Carroll was appropriate  here.

A Boat Beneath a Sunny Sky

A BOAT beneath a sunny sky,

Lingering onward dreamily

In an evening of July —


Children three that nestle near,

Eager eye and willing ear,

Pleased a simple tale to hear —


Long has paled that sunny sky:

Echoes fade and memories die:

Autumn frosts have slain July.


Still she haunts me, phantomwise,

Alice moving under skies

Never seen by waking eyes.


Children yet, the tale to hear,

Eager eye and willing ear,

Lovingly shall nestle near.


In a Wonderland they lie,

Dreaming as the days go by,

Dreaming as the summers die:


Ever drifting down the stream —

Lingering in the golden gleam —

Life, what is it but a dream?

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