Harmony is more important than truth
The King of Cups is a consummate diplomat, who chooses his words and his timing very carefully.
There are times when it is important to tell one’s truth and be honest and open.
Again, there are times when one needs to hold one’s tongue and be diplomatic.
Sometimes harmony is more important than truth and that is the message behind this card.
In some sense the King of Cups represents dishonesty.
Amongst conflicting emotions and demands he is asked to be political, whilst his own – perhaps contrary – feelings are repressed.
Thus the card can speak of a deviation from our true feelings.
The message is, however, ultimately a positive one. It points out that sometimes we do need to put our intellect and reason above our baser urges and instincts, and that this represents a sacrifice and healthy suppression of ego.