King of Cups Tarot Card Meaning

king of cups tarot card meaning

King Of Cups

Gives Good Advice, He is emotionally controlled, wants to provide for his family, Helps those in need, spiritually aware, responsible, He is kind but ambitious and a skilled negotiator, His “kingdom” is his family, Cultured, An old fashioned man with quaint, old fashioned ideas, man of business, His family comes first, A person who commands respect, Creative Intelligence, A mature man who his kind and considerate , Is emotionally stable and secure, Is patient, willing to take responsibility,


Deceptive, Dishonest, can be over emotional, Violent, Double dealing, An uneasy man with emotional issues, Injustice, Unpredictable temperament, can be Under emotional , Unreliability, Toys with emotions, Insecure, has no moral sense, Uncaring, His only responsibilities are to himself, Immature,

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Brianna Stoker

The King should represent a mature man – perhaps late thirties to late fifties. You may wish to include an elderly man in the possibilities, but probably the reversed card would be better for representing older age. In terms of Cups might be a successful artist, musician etc. Could be the owner, boss of a film studio, a record company, a theater. An accomplished film director. Any fairly senior, or middle aged man working in the entertainment industry. The king might also represent the completion of something, though perhaps not necessarily a completely successful one. The surrounding cards should help to determine the meaning of the card.


For the reversed card, the age group should stay the same. Other than that it’s a straightforward reversal. It might be considered as an unsuccessful conclusion to something. You may want the reversed king to represent an elderly man.

Tarot Goddess

Title: The Lord of the Waves and the Waters; The King of the Hosts of the Sea
Element: Fire of Water
Zodiac Sign: 20º Aquarius to 20º Pisces; February 9 – March 10
Thumbnail Meaning: Inner strength, diplomacy, stability, security.

This is the card of the “mature dreamer.” The King of Cups has channeled his creativity into enduring and responsible channels.

He is emotionally intense, even when he masters his emotions. He is calm, considerate and attentive––but heaven help you if you get on his bad side!

In the Rider-Waite tarot, the King’s throne is a slab of stone over the water. An Egyptian lotus column is carved into the armrest. A fish leaps out of the waves behind him, while a ship sails even farther back.

The Egyptian lotus column is an interesting touch. The Ancient Egyptians often used lotuses as a motif in their architecture and artwork. The lotus was, to them, a symbol of duality.

Throughout the suit of Cups, we have been getting progressively closer to the sea. In the early cards we see rivers, streams and beaches. It’s only the Ace of Cups which is over water like the King. Now the cycle is complete.

Just as the Queen of Cups is a mother figure, the King is a father figure. He can represent:

A guide, leader or ruler
Passionate and intuitive leadership
Using diplomacy instead of violence
Harnessing the emotions for some greater purpose
Great inner strength

Associated with the Fisher King from Arthurian lore.

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