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King of Cups Tarot Card Meanings

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Upright: Emotionally balanced, compassionate, diplomatic

Reversed: Self-compassion, inner feelings, moodiness, emotional manipulative

King of Cups Tarot Card Meanings and Description

The King of Cups sits on a large stone throne and wears a blue tunic and a gold cape – a symbol of his authority and status – and a small fish amulet hangs around his neck – a symbol of creativity. In his right hand, he holds a cup representing the emotions, and in his left, he holds a scepter, representing power and control. Unlike the other Cups court cards, he doesn’t look at his cup and seems to be focused elsewhere; perhaps he has already mastered his emotional self and doesn’t need to concentrate as hard on this aspect of himself.

The King of Cups appears to be floating on a granite block in the middle of a turbulent sea. Behind him on his right, a fish jumps out of the ocean, while on the left, a ship sails steadily despite the waves. These images are a sign that this King has found a sense of calm and balance, even in tumultuous situations, and he has learned how to remain open to his emotions and unconscious impulses, without being overwhelmed. As such, he retains power and control while balancing his feelings and emotions.

NOTE: The Tarot card meaning description is based on the Rider Waite cards.

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Upright King of Cups Tarot Card Meanings

The King of Cups represents mastery over the realms of emotion, creativity and the unconscious. When this card appears in a Tarot reading, you have gained control of your emotions and have the maturity to feel your feelings, without allowing them to get the better of you. Even when life throws you a curve-ball, you are able to draw on your emotional maturity and stability to help you navigate these challenges. You don’t let things get to you and you steer clear of the drama, instead choosing an emotionally balanced and calm approach.

If you are being challenged personally, the King of Cups suggests you need to remain emotionally mature in dealing with the negative energy from others. You need to be clear about your personal boundaries, particularly when it comes to what is and is not acceptable on an emotional level. This King is level-headed and in control of his emotions. He uses his emotional intellect to make smart decisions and does not let other circumstances or whims sway him from his central belief system and his morals. Stay true to your emotions and feelings and do not let others steer you off course.

The King of Cups embodies the perfect balance between the head and the heart. Not only are you able to assess and manage a situation logically, you are also able to feel into it, drawing upon your intuition and deeper understanding of human interactions. As a leader, you care as much about achieving your goals and objectives as you do about making sure everyone is happy and engaged along the way. If you feel that the head and the heart are out of balance, draw on the energy of this King to realign yourself.

You are also the master of your inner and outer worlds. You understand and appreciate the power of the subconscious mind and you know how to use it to reach your fullest potential. You are connected with your unconscious mind in such a way that it no longer controls you, but you control it.

You have a deep understanding of your emotional and spiritual self and at the same time, you are highly aware of how others are responding and behaving and why. You are in tune with the world around you and you know how to while also understanding how others what makes you who you are, and how you can best interact with the world around you.

The King of Cups is kind and compassionate towards others, creating strong bonds and relationships based on patience and understanding. As you deal with others, you may need to navigate their strong feelings and identify any emotional triggers so that you can create a sense of calm and peace in your interactions. As a King, he has a masculine, fatherly energy, and as a Cups card, he brings his emotional self to the forefront. He offers wise advice when it comes to feelings, emotions, creativity and relationships and is able to see the human dynamic in its entirety. He may appear in your life as a mentor, coach or spiritual guide; or you may step into this role yourself.

The King of Cups is highly diplomatic and politically correct. He is talented at balancing the needs of many people and keeps everyone working together harmoniously and productively. He knows how to show care and sensitivity as he leads others towards a common goal. He responds carefully to others’ emotional needs and can diffuse a tense situation by reading and responding to the different people involved.

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Reversed King of Cups Tarot Card Meanings

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The reversed King of Cups indicates that you are focusing your attention on your innermost feelings and emotions, with the intention of increasing your self-awareness and self-compassion. You are learning more about the emotions that are stored in your subconscious mind and how these emotions affect you on a daily basis. Through the process, you hope to gain a stronger sense of control over your emotional well-being so that your emotions don’t overwhelm you or steer you away from living your best life. You may be reading more self-help books, journaling or seeking the support of a trained counsellor or hypnotherapist so that you can journey deep into your subconscious mind.

When the reversed King of Cups appears in a Tarot reading, you may be more prone to emotional upset and drama. Others may trigger you or push your buttons, to the point that you feel like you want to completely lose it and throw an emotional tantrum. You may feel moody, depressed, anxious and emotionally unpredictable. You may also lack in self-compassion, beating yourself up about small things that have seemingly gone wrong. If this resonates, seek to understand the root cause of your emotions and bring your conscious awareness to the impact that they are having on your life. Pay attention to your emotional balance and find your place of calm and compassion. Other people may be triggering these emotional responses in you, but it's up to you to stay emotionally in control!

On the flipside, the reversed King of Cups may indicate that you are repressing your emotions and withdrawing from the outside world because you fear what may happen if you were to deal with your emotions head on. Your feelings are bottling up inside of you and you are at risk of an emotional outburst if the pressure gets too much. If this resonates, you may want to seek the support of a therapist who can help you to work through your feelings in a safe environment.

At worse, the reversed King of Cups can represent someone who is vindictive and vengeful and has a talent for being able to punish others through emotional manipulation. He uses emotional blackmail to get his way and to push his personal agenda. He leaves you feeling uncertain about yourself and as if you are the problem, not him. This only leads to emotional instability within you, which is entirely undeserved. If this sounds like someone you have met in the past, there is still some work to be done in releasing yourself from his controlling forces.

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