'Nobody's life is entirely free of pain and sorrow.
Isn't it a question of learning to live with them rather than trying to avoid them?'
~ Eckhart Tolle
|King of Cups The Emperor|
Today the Ancient Italian Tarot (LoScarabeo) advises me to embrace the King of Cups and release the Emperor. It's more important to master interpersonal relationships and my own emotions than to take a distant, perhaps lofty or superior stance.
Perhaps the draw is a simple message: feel more, suppress less. There's a difference between mastery and control. The King of Cups is a man in authority, a man of mastery, but he has not lost touch with his emotions. He acknowledges and accepts them. The Emperor, on the other hand, is in a position of authority, but handles it differently. He doesn't like to be seen as a creature of emotion, with possible exception of wrath. He can be dictatorial, ruthless, unbending. He takes pride in showing little emotion, in his iron rule of his empire.
Of course this draw must have to do with my own personal 'tapes' and thoughts about myself. But it could also be in my dealings with others.