The King of Cups usually denotes a man who is both warm and emotionally mature, and someone who is also wise, calm, diplomatic and tolerant.
If this isn't someone you know, then the situation at hand is calling for you to act in this manner. It's easy to get caught up in the lower actions of others, or people acting hastily, belligerently, ignorantly. Sometimes this fuels the anger inside of us, but this King is reminding you to rise above the fray.
Sometimes people easily get caught up in situations where emotions escalate, where the truth is not clear, where you can't just take sides. Try to hear all sides if you are in a situation that calls for deliberation. When you do so, that usually allows for defenses to go down, and for forward motion, progress, to begin.
Sometimes, though, we are in a situation where we are trying to be diplomatic and the other party isn't listening. It's at this point that you must ask yourself where you can redirect your energy to where it's needed most, and will have the most positive impact.
As celebrated Vietnamese monk, Thich Nhat Hanh, says, “When you walk with mindfulness, you set an example for everyone who sees you, even if you don't realize it. When we see you walking with freedom, with peace, with joy, we may be motivated by the desire to mirror you. Together, without effort, we create more of an atmosphere of peace and happiness."