King in Tarot – Card Meanings

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Tarot Card Meanings - The King of Swords, Wands, Cups and Coins

The King of Tarot Card Meaning. This post covers the suit of Kings in the traditional tarot card deck.

The King’s in the Tarot

  Swords Wands Cups Coins
Themes Intellect, ideas, and science Emotions, creativity, and renewal Wealth, health, and abundance Wealth, health and abundance
Elements Air Fire Water Earth
Astrology Gemini, Aquarius, Libra Aries, Leo, Sagittarius Cancer, Pisces, Scorpio Capricorn, Taurus, Virgo
Direction East South West North
Card Summary Make decisions with a clear mind. You will accomplish what you want. Remain emotionally balanced and set boundaries. You are positioned to attract wealth.

King of Tarot Card Meaning


King of Swords from the Tarot Apokalypsis Deck (Paid link)


  • Theme: Intellect, Ideas and Science
  • Element: Air
  • Astrology Signs: Gemini, Aquarius and Libra
  • Direction: East

King of Swords Meaning

  • Air + Air
  • The King of Swords is a mature man who is ambitious, intellectual, driven, powerful, opinionated, and not sensitive to others’ feelings.
  • This King has a rational mind and is decisive but flexible where needed. He makes decisions based on his intellect.
  • If the card represents a situation – Stand firm in what you believe and think. You are likely positioned to make decisions with a clear mind and an objective point of view. Do not be afraid to get right to the point and speak your truth. Remaining detached, objective, and having a clear mind will serve you best right now.

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Wands / Batons

King of Wands from the Tarot Apokalypsis Deck (paid link)

Wands / Batons

  • Themes – Inspiration, primal energy determination, strength, will, ambition.
  • Element – Fire
  • Astrology Signs – Aries, Leo and Sagittarius
  • Direction – South

King of Wands Meaning

  • Fire + Air
  • The King of Wands represents a force of will that gets things done. He is a leader, ambitious and goal-oriented. The energy of this card is moving forward at full force.
  • If the card represents a situation – The querent has a warm glow of ambition and will to accomplish what he wants. Often represents being proactive and entrepreneurship.

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King of Cups from the Tarot Apokalypsis Deck (paid link)


  • Themes – emotions, love, healing, renewal, creativity, divination, intuition
  • Element – Water
  • Astrology Signs – Cancer, Pisces and Scorpio
  • Direction – West

King of Cups Meaning

  • Air + Water
  • The King of Cups is compassionate and stays calm, cool, and collected even in difficult situations. He has mastered controlling his emotions in a positive way. He remains open to his emotions but doesn’t allow himself to be overwhelmed by them. This king is powerful, creative, and connected to his unconscious mind.
  • If the card represents a situation – If you are facing a challenging situation, this card tells you to tap into your emotional maturity and be sure to set boundaries. Stay true to your feelings, remain compassionate, and be clear about your boundaries.

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Coins / Pentacles

King of Pentacles from the Tarot Apokalypsis Deck (paid link)

Coins / Pentacles

  • Themes – Corporeal, finances, practicality, grounding, health, wealth, manifestation
  • Element – Earth
  • Astrology Signs – Capricorn, Taurus and Virgo
  • Direction – North

King of Pentacles Meaning

  • Air + Earth
  • The King of Pentacles is practical, secure, and business savvy. He does everything he will to make sure people are ok even it if requires a hard thing. He may be quick to pass judgment and fixated on material wealth and being accomplished. He has mastered all things related to the physical plane a long time ago.
  • If the card represents a situation – You are positioned to be successful in attracting wealth or you are positioned for new opportunities around wealth and the material plane. This card also calls you to think long-term when it comes to how we manage our money and material resources. This card may also be calling you to take your vision and turn it into something practical or tangible that could be very lucrative.

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