King of Cups Tarot Meaning

King of Cups Tarot Guide

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This post is intended to be a mini King of Cups Tarot Guide. It is important to mention that the longer you work with the cards the more you will discover how they speak to you. For example, the King of Cups does have a theme and traditional meaning but I recommend leaving “space” for the card to speak to you. Over time, you may discover that the card represents unique insights or themes for you personally.

Suit of Cups Summary

King of Cups Tarot – Upright Meaning

  • As a person
    • Cancer, Scorpio, or Pisces
    • Fire + Water
    • The King of Cups is a virtuoso and master artist. He can be diplomatic and has a talent for soothing any situation. He has an open mind and can make dreams a reality. He can be caring, and compassionate and likely has traditional values and approaches to things. He may even be very home and family-focused. He is in full control knowing when to act and can bring balance to challenging situations. His temperament is quiet and calm but he can be moody. He may be a professional in law or business and is skilled in communications and the arts.
  • Figurative meaning
    • The King of Cups can represent that Querent has the will to accomplish what he wants to. It can also indicate that there is effective leadership or management in the current situation. 
    • This card also represents the theme of fatherhood in some way. The querent may have a supportive man in their life who is a father or father figure. 
    • In a reading about love, the King of Cups can represent two men who are competing for the affection of the querent.

Multiple Kings showing up in a reading

  • Two Kings appearing in a reading for a male querent could indicate 1:1 competition with another male. Two Kings in a reading for a female querent can represent male colleagues or a professional meeting. 
  • Two Kings appearing in a reading about career can indicate a potentially significant advancement or promotion for the querent as a result of a professional conference or meeting. If the querent is male, two Kings might indicate that the querent has competition for a promotion in the workplace.
  • Three Kings in a reading represent a group of men or a brotherhood. It can also indicate that nepotism is present in the current situation.
  • Four Kings can represent a dominant male authority or themes related to masculine energy.

Shadow Side of the King of Cups

  • As a person
    • The King of Cups reversed can represent a man who can be immature and emotionally manipulative. He may be a pathological liar, narcissistic and enjoys preying on the emotions of other people. 
  • Figurative meaning
    • The querent is being too emotional and having difficulty making a solid decision in the current situation. They are lacking self-trust and are looking to external sources to help them make a decision.
    • The King of Cups reversed can also indicate a person in the querent’s life that is being spiteful or the querent themselves is seeking revenge. 
    • This card can also represent a man who has the qualities listed above and is having a negative impact on the querent’s life.

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