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King of Cups - Joel Farber

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We've finally come to the end of the Suit of Cups of the Minor Arcana - the King of Cups featuring Joel Farber from my @tapascommunity #graphicnovel, "The Book of Joel" (link in bio)!

In its upright position, the King of Cups symbolizes diplomacy, compassion, and being emotionally balanced. He sits on a large stone throne and seems to be looking away from the cup, which suggests that he's mastered his emotions and doesn't need to focus that much on his emotionality.

In reverse, the King of Cups represents inner feelings, being emotionally manipulative, and moodiness.

How does this tie in to Joel? Like the King of Cups in reverse, Joel was (and still is, to some degree), at his core, a sensitive and moody individual focused on his inner feelings. He started as a very sensitive and emotional young boy, he learns to distance himself from his emotions. Eventually, he becomes an argumentative, stubborn teen and young man who refuses to show his emotions and barricades others, including his beloved Malka, from understanding who he really is. However, he is still letting his emotions control him, since if he had truly mastered his emotions, there would be no need for self-denial and self-flagellation.

Once he accepts his own desire to give and receive love, he gains better control over his emotional self. He learns to love Malka, put others before himself (which was hard to do when he was still so egotistic), and value compassion over proving a point.