The Red King is a combination of the energies of hearts and diamonds, where emotions and practicality fight for balance. Stronger than either of the red Kings, more emotional than the black Kings, don’t wait too long when you see it.
Kings were always, by default, positive figures. They guaranteed the stability of a Kingdom. They cared for security and justice and would protect the people from invasions and aggressions. Unless surrounded by a negative spread or reversed, the King is always a strong positive figure in a Cartomancy spread. It often represents an important man in the questioner’s life or the questioner himself if a man. The Kings of the minor suits also reflect a certain aspect or face of the Emperor in the deck. Kings are considered to be the most mature of the Court Cards. They have traveled through life successfully and are now at the pinnacle of experience and understanding. Thus, the Kings represent the fully developed personalities of each of the Suits.
Upright Meanings: intuition, subconscious, vagueness, deception, error, misconception, danger, instability, trickery, disillusionment, anxiety, disgrace, double-dealing deception, fear, dreams, illusion
intuition, subconscious, vagueness, deception, error, misconception, danger, instability, trickery, disillusionment, anxiety, disgrace, double-dealing deception, fear, dreams, illusion
Reversed Meanings: delays, disruption, outside influences, bad luck, interruption, disorder, external forces, lack of control, upheaval, unwelcome change, failure
When The Red King is reversed, it means that luck has not been on your side and misfortunes have been following you. When it’s associated with this card, you must understand that these are due to external influences that you cannot control. Like The Red King, our luck and our fate is always in motion, and sometimes we are on the bottom. Be assured that The Red King will turn again, and you will be okay again soon. What you shouldn’t do however, is cling to the illusion of control. Perhaps in this turn of The Red King, the lesson is to learn to let go and release. There are things that cannot be moved by human will and action alone. When we do not let go, it can bring only more suffering, for you may blame yourself for actions that could not have altered the situation. When we learn to accept, we also learn to forgive ourselves. We learn to move on, and move forward – and eventually, we learn that this feeling of acceptance can push The Red King again forward, and move it towards a new cycle.