King — Authority
Masters of: Wealth / Networking / Ambition / Wisdom
Overview of the Kings
These Kings are all very powerful people, and have a vast majority of resources at their fingertips. They know how to get things done, and the right people to put to work for it to be done correctly. Kings represent the masters, the adults you would go to help for as a child, and the ones who continue to aspire and amaze you at the kingdoms they produce.
“Kings. Although they come last, they really should come first, as Kings are where the Court Cards start. They are the fire – their element – the passion, the driving force. This is why Crowley has them as knights riding on horseback, rather than sitting passively on a throne. Kings are filled with energy, moving, leading, generating. The thing to remember with the Kings, however, is that while they are powerful motivators, they are still ‘in the crown’ – in the head. They can move mountains with their enthusiasm and energy and light a fire under almost anything. But they can’t make it real all by themselves. What they can do, like the Emperor is motivate, plan and command. The Queen is the one who will make it real, and the Knight/Prince will take it beyond the castle walls. But without the King, it won’t happen at all. Thus, Kings in a spread can indicate motivation, a beginning or start of something. As actual people, Kings stand for men (or women) who are leaders, planners or have high aspirations; they dream of having the best ‘kingdom’ in the land. And they expect loyalty, especially from family and friends. They are men (or women) of influence and power; others come to them for advice and, being Kings, they’re usually stubbornly sure that they’re right.” 3
Comparing and Contrasting the Kings
Look at what surrounds the Kings—you can learn more about who they are by what they possess. The King of Pentacles is swimming in vines and fruits. He is a wealthy and powerful man. The King of Cups sits immersed almost directly in the ocean with a dolphin and ship in the background. He has all the right connections with all the right people. The King of Wands gazes out into the distance. His ego is sheer confidence which gives his charisma all the power he will need to be successful. The King of Swords is surrounded by clouds and the winds. He sits looking right at you, casting judgement with every piece of evidence you give him.