Card Meaning: King Of Cups

King of Cups

Element: Water.
Astrology: Scorpio, Cancer and Pisces.
Age: man aged 35 years or older.
Appearance: fair/brown hair, brown or blue eyes.


   This card brings together some contradictions. On one hand, we have a sensible man, devoted to art, poetry and healing, while on the other hand we have a strong ruler that is not wise to betray or else we could see a rage and vengance as a product of that same sensibility. This man appreciates more subtle things in life, we can see that his stone throne floats on the water, clear indication of the aforementioned contradiction. One feet is firmly on the throne while other is stretched over the edge indicating that while he is firm and his authority as the king unquestioned; he is still under soft influence of emphatic and mutable water. This conclusion reinforces the sceptre in his right hand while in the left he is holding a cup. This is not a warlike king, this is king that values diplomacy and friendship with his subjects.


Positive: ambitious, artistic, mentor, creative, educated and kind, religious, responsible, good speaker, romantic nature, mediator, philosophical in nature.

Negative: seduction, lack of virtue, unscrupulous, injustice, fail of negotiations.

   He holds a short sceptre in his left hand and a great cup in his right; his throne is set upon the sea; on one side a ship is riding and on the other a dolphin is leaping. The implicit is that the Sign of the Cup naturally refers to water, which appears in all the court cards. Divinatory Meanings: Fair man, man of business, law, or divinity; responsible, disposed to oblige the Querent; also equity, art and science, including those who profess science, law and art; creative intelligence. Reversed: Dishonest, double-dealing man; roguery, exaction, injustice, vice, scandal, pillage, considerable loss.

The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, by A.E. Waite

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