Monday, June 6, 2011


By Karen Cino

Creating unique characters could be a challenge. What I’ve learned through the years is that everybody looks at the same person differently, and the same goes for different tarot desks. I use the tarot to create unique and realistic characters. What I plan on undertaking is breaking it all down for you according to suit.

The one thing to keep in mind is that no matter the suit, Cups, Wands, Swords or Pentacles, your character’s physical attributes can vary, be it black or blond hair, short or long, muscular or slender.

This month’s Hero is the King of Cups. The King of Cups represents the astrological water signs: Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces.

The King represents a man over the age of 35. He is a calm man, always maintaining his composure as well as wise and understanding, giving nurture that comes directly from his heart. Having an open mind, he is comfortable with all kinds of people. He is “the” person that people turn to for advice because they know he listens attentively to them. Being the diplomat, keeps everyone around him happy and helps things run smoothly.

On his romantic side, he is warm-hearted, very sensitive, sympathetic, his feelings easily hurt. On the other side, he is the master of hiding his emotions, not letting his partner know how he is feeling. It’s not unusual for him to be harboring a deep dark secret. He is creative in the bedroom once he’s comfortable in the relationship, however, he can often be crafty and put his sexual needs first, leaving you wondering if it’s something you did.

The King of Cups as a protagonist can be a dark individual. He is dishonest, domineering and quite the manipulative man. He could lure you into bed with his charm, fulfilling all your dreams and desires or toss you aside, never to be heard from again.

There are both positive and negative traits to The King of Cups. In the tarot deck, when The King of Cups shows up in a reading reversed (upside down), the results are negative. I use the negative traits for my antagonist.

Positive Traits: Generous, reliable, kind, passionate, calm, loving, protector, dynamic, good listener, romantic, loves intimacy, extremely sensitive, compassionate and moody.

Negative Traits: immature, insecure, deceptive, dishonest, violent, untrustworthy, lazy and toys with your emotions. ♥

Karen Cino is President of RWA/NYC. She writes women’s fiction and is currently working on a non-fiction book on Staten Island locales.

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