This is another of those cards that I don't like much! The colours feel all wrong for the King of Cups, and there's neither cup nor water to be seen. Perhaps if I knew more about art, or the artist Gauguin, this image would make more sense... Okay, having read up about him on Wikipedia, he suffered depression and didn't get on with his family - perhaps quite King of Cups Rx.
Then there's the quote: "It is a good thing to be rich and to be strong, but it is a better thing to be loved." - Euripedes. I guess, if this is saying that the King of Cups is a loving presence in our life, then I can get behind it. However, it seems more to suggest, given the masculine traits mentioned, that the King of Cups is loved. Not a bad thing or necessarily untrue, but it doesn't seem to say much about the King, making him a passive recipient. Perhaps it means to suggest that his nature is loveable. Or maybe I'm just over thinking this...
For me, I've realised recently that I tend to see the shadow side of the King of Cups. His emotional nature that he struggles to cope with, either sinking into depression, creating a false hardness or drowning his emotions in drink. At his best, I see him as someone who understands emotions, his own and others', without getting overwhelmed by them.
Today, I see in this card my Dear One. In a couple of hours I'm being admitted to hospital to "evacuate the uterus" as it says on my form. He has promised to be with me, to lend me emotional support.
I am grateful for all the love in my life.