Just as Bruce Lee advised, water is powerful

The King of Cups leads with compassion, maturity and emotional depth

An anonymous friend helped create the question/s for this collective Tarot reading. Thank-you!


What kind of leaders do we need right now? What kind of leaders do we need to be?

The Deck:

The Rider-Waite Coleman-Smith, first published in 1910.

Astrological Circumstances:

I cast the reading during the Waning Gibbous Moon in Libra, in a plume of white sage, with good intentions. May it harm none.

The Card:

The King of Cups, Minor Arcana


Pisces, Cancer, Scorpio. Element: Water. Direction: West

Physical Description:

We encounter the King of Cups amidst a fertile teeming sea. He is comfortable on his shell-throne, wearing fabulous blue robes with a gold cape edged in red. There is much gold in the card, on the sceptre, chalice, shoes rippled with gold, ribbons of gold in the waves. The King’s gold crown is ornamented with waves and red blooms. Sea creatures and a ship cavort in the waves around the throne.

Metaphysical Description and Advice in relation to our Question:

Water is the element at play in the suit of Cups, making the King of Cups a complex character, who should never be underestimated. Zodiac signs Pisces, Scorpio and Cancer will identify with this King’s ability to lead with love and compassion, while being a fierce opponent to anyone who dares challenge the throne.

As Bruce Lee famously advised, “Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless—like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”

The King of Cups is a powerful leader with emotional depth, maturity and strong intuition. While we need to seek these kinds of leaders, we also are advised to adopt water-strategies within our own leadership roles. Lead with love, lead with sensitivity, lead with passion.

Water also reminds us of our deep interconnectivity. We need leaders who respect the power of the collective. And leaders who see and support the human reality of interconnectivity with the planet. 

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