Sitting beneath the alchemical symbol for Water, the king holds up his right hand. There is no reference to this in the little book which comes with the set but it reminds me of the Buddhist mudra for protection (a gesture also used within Christian depictions of Jesus).
But who is this king protecting? Could he be protecting himself? With reference to the Waite system, this could make sense, since this man has mastered his feelings and knows how to control them. One foot sits within the world of emotion (the water), suggesting that he can tap into the realm through understanding and compassion. However, he does not jump in entirely. His dry foot allows some detachment. He protects his own feelings with maturity and through experience.
For some people, this man will be a comfort, since he will help them to understand their feelings without getting his own emotional-knickers-in-a-knot. He is calm and can offer advice, sometimes in a professional capacity. In other situations, he will suggest an aspect of yourself. Can you relate to the need for emotional protection today? Can you see where you might need to hold your hand up and not let another person manipulate how you feel?
Which interpretation for this card rings true for you today? Do you need to seek out the wisdom of this king and make use of his advice? Or do you need to protect yourself within a highly emotive situation?
Illustration from the Night Sun Tarot, edited by Pietro Alligo, published by Lo Scarabeo 2015