King of Cups – Meanings & Interpretation – Minor Arcana

King of Cups Meaning In A Tarot Reading

The King of Cups tarot card is the ruler of his realm. He represents that part of the Minor Arcana where we have obtained mature control of our emotions.

We know how to balance them against logic. We know the benefit of generosity and when and how to apply it. It is that stage where our subconscious mind has been allowed to blossom, and we are now deeply in touch with it.


Wisdom • Empathetic • Diplomatic • Sensitive • Mature • Honorable Feelings • Loyal

King of Cups Tarot Card Meanings – Upright

The King of Cups represents a balance between emotional intelligence and intellectual thought. He seems more restrained with his emotions, and in a way he is. After all, he knows how to deal with them in a mature way, and when to show them without reservation.king of cupsHe is deeply tied to the Temperance card, due to his balance and understanding of elements. He is a pinnacle of compassion, graciousness, and love, and knows how to facilitate emotional and medical healing.

King of Cups upright stands for a person who is kind, ambitious, and dependable and commands respect from others. You boast of very good negotiation skills. You are capable to manipulate situations in your favor. You love to have power and authority in your hands.

You tend to use your intelligence for getting the reigns of control as opposed to using your muscle power. You can’t believe people easily and love to work secretly rather than posing your faith in others. Others around you have a tendency to distrust you as you keep you motives under wrap and don’t disclose it in front of others.

Past Events:

Your past has been ruled over by this time of emotional balance. Throughout this time you have been experiencing an unprecedented time of peace and balance in your life. Throughout this time you’ve been healing from old emotional wounds, and finding a certain peace because of it.

Present Events:

This tarot card represents that now is a time for a balancing of emotion in your life. The turmoil you’ve been dealing with isn’t going to help you get through. It’s time for the King of Cups to rule over your life. Let his wisdom and temperance heal you and guide you through.

Future Events:

In your future a person will arrive who fits the description of the King of Cups. He will bring sanity to a situation that is currently out of control. He will be a peaceful and welcome addition. He has been long awaited, and may represent the emotional maturation of someone already present, or a new element altogether.

Yes/No Interpretation:

Yes, things have come into balance and you do in fact have the kind of control over the situation you think you do and think you should.

King of Cups Tarot Card Meanings – Reversed

There is a peril to having such a complete understanding of emotions as the King of Cups does, and that is it also gives you the power to manipulate easily.

king of cups reversed

In the inverted position, he may be deeply twisted, or merely sullen, withdrawn, and angry. Sometimes this person was the upright King of Cups who has simply lost their way, and allowed their emotions to get out of balance.

King of Cups in the reversed position stands for questionable dealings and injustice. You are a selfish and dishonest person who has a poor sense of responsibility in respect of dealings with others. You are a cunning person devoid of almost all moral values and are responsible only towards yourself.

You have a penchant for getting involved in scandals and double-dealings. You not only bring trouble for yourself by your dishonest and corrupt dealings but are likely to pull your associates as well into this murky world. You are likely to suffer from poor health too.

Past Events:

You’ve been withdrawn and sullen for a long time, not really dealing with emotions, and pushing away those who would otherwise be helping you with your situation. You need to take some time to get a grip on your emotions, and to seek help in re balancing your emotions.

Present Events:

This tarot card showing up in the reverse position shows that your current relationship has become complicated. You may have known what you wanted and that you have been happy. But lately you’ve been losing your focus, and you just aren’t sure this is where you want to be anymore. A long and careful observation is necessary if you wish to regain that balance.

Future Events:

You will meet someone in the future who appears to be your prince charming, but be careful. He is a master of controlling his emotions and letting others see what he wants them to see. He actually is a deeply angry and damaged human being who will put you through the wringer if you let him get his hands on your heart.

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Yes/No Interpretation:

No, it’s not your imagination, things are as bad as they seem, and you really will have to put in some serious hard work to straighten it out.. Hope is not lost, but it is on the ropes.

Astrological Association:

Zodiac Signs for King of Cups are Libra and Scorpio

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