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The Father of Cups (traditionally known as the King) is just as entrenched in the feeling-world as the Mother of Cups, but he comes at it from a different perspective. I mean this literally AND figuratively! While the Mother faced left, signifying receptivity, the father faces right, signifying activity. He turns his emotional energy outward.
This card has a white background with vertical black lines that could possibly be rain. While the Mother’s background was mostly dark, the Father’s is mostly light. It is interesting that each of these backgrounds contains a piece of the other’s color, reminiscent of the yin-yang. There’s a bit of the opposite in each side of the spectrum.
While the Mother was a white swan, the Father is a black swan. He looks to be simultaneously poised and productive. He is able to face situations with a sense of dignity and leadership, while remaining considerate of the needs of all parties. He has a calming, stabilizing presence.
A black cup resides in the top center of the card. As opposed to the Mother’s ornate goblet, this one is rather plain and simple. The Father of Cups is a master of the emotional realm, he is capable of navigating emotional energy from a centered, level-headed frame of mind.
In a reading, this card can ask you to approach a situation with your head held high. It is possible to be sensitive while also maintaining your leadership. If the Father of Cups were to adopt a slogan, it might be the ever popular “keep calm and carry on.” He is a protector and an encourager. Keep facing forward and stay peaceful in your approach.