What Does the King of Cups Mean?


The King of Cups represents the epitome of success through trusting the self. Highly realised by gut intuition, you cannot lie to this individual & get away with it. He is charming, confident but comfortable to be around.


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Lo Scarabeo Tarot

Tarot Card Meanings for the King of Wands


The King of Cups General Keywords & Reversed Meanings

General:
Compassionate and caring; warm and generous; wise and thoughtful; his strength lies in his serenity; a protector and benefactor; calm; solid; altruistic.
Reversed:
Petty; spiteful; selfish; lacking in commitment; a weak man; a philanderer; betrayal; lazy and sometimes violent; drug or alcohol abuse; a user.

The King of Cups as People

Occupations:
Teacher; priest/vicar; spiritual leader; therapist/psychologist; museum curator; negotiator; magistrate; veterinarian; doctor; bar owner; diplomats; mediators; judges.
As People:
A compassionate and somewhat emotional man; likely to not only feel deeply but also express it too; knowledgeable on spiritual and mystical matters; no doubt psychic or with a strong intuition; a warm and gentle guy, liked by many for his easy nature; the voice of reason in times of trouble; likely to be found in the caring professions and the arts.

The King of Cups As Events & Inner Processes

As Events:
Consulting a spiritual advisor, psychic or therapist; the meeting of a personal mentor or guru; organising or managing a charity event; acting as a counsellor or guru to others; being a stay at home dad; the need to be firm but flexible; making a decision that will affect the family; finding your spiritual family.
As Inner Processes:
Learning to manage your emotions; controlling your psychism and channelling experiences; using your intuition to make decisions; connecting with your Higher Self; mastering discernment; being sensible in spiritual pursuits; being responsive not reactive.

Kings, Knights & Fathers

The King is but one way to represent the mature men that grace each suit. The main three decks follow this way but some decks break with this tradition. The Quest Tarot is one such deck where the court family is replaced with an actual family: father, mother, son & daughter. Changing the title of the card does shift the meaning a little and humanises the court card in a more familiar way, as I explore in How to Finally Conquer the Court Cards. For a little more information about this group in general, see my post Kings, Knights and Fathers.

ElementalFire of Water. Kings are fire, the suit is water
TimingFeb 9 – Mar 10
20° Aquarius – 20 ° Pisces
Rules 7 of Swords; 8 of Cups; 9 of Cups
QabalahChokmah in Briah
Numerical Values4 – card counting value / letters of the Tetragrammaton
2 – Tree of Life sephira – Chokmah
14 – sequential, following the Queen of Cups
Yes or NoYes

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