King of Cups

This week I have invited Ronda Snow of Modern Oracle Tarot to be the guest author of today’s post. For any fan of Tarot and of the principles of manifestation I highly recommend her blog! Enjoy this wonderful post she provides below.

Psychic Tip: We can “read” anything in our world as an answer to a an issue or question. The answer is in our heart and the world reflects it back to us. If you asked a question and your eyes caught a spider web, this web could reflect the truth that is within and be an answer to your question.
– Joy Star
King of Cups
A king sits on a throne, chalice in his right hand and scepter in his left, a watery realm surrounds his throne

This quote relates to the King of Cups card, because this card is associated with guidance, both literal and intuitive.  I see it as symbolizing guidance in all of its forms.  Like the spider web in the quote, the whisperings on our own insight, the blunt words of a friend the world around us is saturated in guidance. Being both male, and of the suite of cups (intuition, water, female, yin qualities) the guidance in the King of Cups card is very rooted, grounded, and practical yet wise, compassionate, and very personal. The King of cups is mentoring and guidance for and from the heart.  The King of Cups represents the essence of a life changing real-world mentor, and the essence of a true spirit guide as well.

I’ve always felt the most helpful, the most epiphany-filled readings are the ones that act like a mirror. The best readings simply show the truth that the sitter already deep-down knew.  No matter what oracle you use, be it Tarot, runes, palm lines, tea leaves – or spider webs – the very best psychic reading is the one that brings your own wisdom, insight, and courage to the surface. Working with a mentor, or with your spirit guides can do that exact same thing.

Let’s focus on spirit guides for a moment. There are a variety of ways that they can relate to this card and to the idea of guidance. Some people view “spirit guides” as intelligent entities outside themselves such as guardian angels, crossed over loved ones, or other non-corporal entities who love, help and support us as we walk our spiritual path. The source of the wisdom and inspiration seems to come from outside ourselves. Some believe that spirit guides are just us talking to ourselves. Some believe that “spirit guides” are a projection, a way for or inner knowing to manifest in a way that we can accept more readily.  That the insights attributed to the spirit guide are actually our own, truth that we knew deep-down all along.

Which is it? In my opinion, it’s both. I believe that all is one. We are immersed in the cosmos, and a unified part of it, like a droplet is one with the ocean. Yet, while we are living and learning here on Earth, we are like an ocean drop tossed in the air by the shoreline mist. We experience other droplets…other people…as distinct and separate. Despite that perception we remain one in the cosmic ocean. The guidance we get from seemingly separate spiritual presence is from within as well. It IS them…it IS that guide or loved one, and they communicate to us by touching the wisdom and emotion that is within us. It is a relationship as with any long-time mentor, it is the wonder within ourselves, all at the same time.

So how does guidance, be it from a literal counselor or an inner spiritual source, fit in with manifestation? At the beginning. Clarity is a cornerstone of manifestation. Unless you have a clear vision of what you want to manifest, the path and outcome can become muddled. Sometimes we need a little guidance to decide what it is really need to call into our lives.  The symbolism and advice from the vast majority of Tarot cards are signposts along the path of manifestation…they are the where, what, why and how of it.  The King of Cups helps us decide which direction to go in the first place, as well as at the major crossroads later on.

To learn more about the concept of a “mentor”, I suggest Chinglian Al Huang’s excellent book “The Tao of Mentoring”. To read a lovely example of clarity and manifestation, I suggest “Illusions: The Adventures of the Reluctant Messiah” by Richard Bach. To learn more about cosmic oceans, I recommend “Cosmos” by Carl Sagan.

About the guest author:

Ronda Snow has a Ph.D in Natural Health, a B.S. in Med.Sci, is a Reiki Master, author, Taijuquan player, and has been reading Tarot since 1992.  She lives in Pittsburgh with her martial arts champion husband, her musician daughter, her recipe collection, her art & knitting supplies and way too many weeds in the back yard. To learn more please visit or


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David Dear

David Dear suddenly became interested in the exploration of metaphysics shortly after the Harmonic Convergence of 1987. Over the next 25 years he became proficient in reading Tarot and astrological natal charts, learned past life regression and Thought Field Therapy, and became attuned in Chios and is a Usui Reiki master. David has the innate ability to perceive aspects of reality on a multidimensional level and is naturally telepathic. He has a bachelor's degree in metaphysical theology and is an ordained metaphysical minister and licensed metaphysical practitioner. David currently lives in Tacoma, Washington with his wife/best friend, two dogs and one cat.

6 thoughts on “King of Cups”

  1. Thank you so much for the opportunity to guest-post. Thank you all for reading! The Tarot of Manifestation is something special in the blogosphere…deeply reflective, thoughtful … a refreshingly deep pool in a world of little splashes.

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