King of Cups Tarot Card

King of Cups Tarot Card
Tarot Card Meanings: The King of Cups in a Tarot Reading

The King of Cups is mysterious in nature. He can be detached, intense and deep. Emotionally, he is quite receptive but he can, at times, be explosive. He tends to draw people towards him as he has a natural charisma. As a king, the King of Cups often reflects our initiative and desire to get things done. He is a creative soul, always examining things from new perspectives. He is known for thinking outside of the box.

Upright King of Cups Tarot Card Meanings in a Tarot Reading
The King of Cups is highly creative, artistic and compassionate. He is often a reminder to follow your path. In doing so, you can expect emotional well-being and harmony. By directing your creative energies into concrete action, you can set your goals high. Expect proven results. Should the King of Cups focus too intensely on intellectualizing, he can be vulnerable to the detachment of his emotions. Ultimately, this can lead to moodiness and irritability.

Like all cards of the Suit of Cups, the King is associated to one’s emotions and intuition. Unlike the other cards of this suit, however, the King of Cups remains in control of his emotions. He prefers to have some restraint in the expression of his emotions. In an upright position, his tarot card meanings can refer to harmony and stability of one’s emotions.

In a Tarot reading, the King of Cups can indicate a compassionate friend or wise advisor. He is the ultimate listener, often providing a shoulder to cry on. You may be called into a situation where you will be asked to mediate or negotiate. The King of Cups is also associated with business, law, or religious institutions. Business matters go well and your social status will improve. You may be asked to take a leadership role. This is particularly true for positions in one’s church or business.

When dealing with others, it’s important to remain understanding and flexible. It’s also important to explore your own emotions. This is not the time to over intellectualize.  Your emotions will lead you to your own truth and will provide insight into the emotions and behaviors of others.

In Love Tarot, The King of Cups represents a wise and compassionate partner. He is emotionally mature and tends to be a great listener.

  • A compassionate friend or advisor
  • A good listener
  • A negotiator or mediator
  • Balance and control of one’s emotions
  • Directed creativity brings great success
  • A nurturing partner
  • A loving father figure

Reversed King of Cups Tarot Card Meanings in a Tarot Reading
In a reversed position, the King of Cups can represent a controlling and manipulative person. In this case, you may encounter issues with insincerity or power struggles. It is also important to remain cautious of the advice you are given. There could be elements of deception or foul play.

This is also a time to manage your own emotions. You may be confronted with a situation that has strong emotional triggers. It would be wise to take some time to evaluate your feelings. Acting impulsively can cause further regret, particularly if you are acting from your initial emotional responses to situations.

In Love Tarot, a reversed King of Cups can indicate a partner that is not authentic or who tends to be out only for himself. In some cases, a reversed King of Cups can indicate a partner that is dishonest or may be hiding something.

Finally, a reversed King of Cups can indicate self-indulgence or narcissism. A reversed King of Cups can also indicate issues with substance abuse.

  • Deception and manipulation
  • Insincerity and power struggles
  • Narcissism or self-indulgence
  • Substance abuse
  • Controlling

© 2010 All Rights Reserved. Images of individual tarot cards are from the Aquatic Tarot Deck created by Andreas Schröter and are used with his permission. They are for example purposes only.


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