King of Cups

King of Cups

Basic Meaning of the Card (Rider-Waite)

The King of Cups represents an emotionally balanced and wise individual who is in touch with their feelings and can use them in a constructive way. The card shows a King sitting on his throne by the sea, holding a cup in one hand and a scepter in the other. The sea symbolizes feelings, and the King is masterful at navigating these feelings and using them to help others.

Upright Meaning

When the King of Cups is right-side up, it indicates that you are in a period of emotional stability and have a deep understanding of your feelings and those of others. You are someone who is both empathetic and decisive, and you are capable of providing guidance and support to those who need it. The card encourages you to trust your intuition and use your emotional intelligence to make wise decisions.

Reversed Meaning

When the King of Cups is reversed, it may mean that you are emotionally detached, manipulative or not in touch with your feelings. It may also suggest that you have difficulty controlling your emotions or that you are allowing them to dictate your actions in a destructive way. Reversed, the card may warn that you are not listening to your intuition or ignoring other’s feelings and needs.

Example Interpretation

If the King of Cups appears in a reading about your personal life, it may mean that you are in a period of emotional maturity and balance. You are capable of offering support and guidance to those around you and using your emotional intelligence to make wise decisions. If you have been feeling emotionally detached or manipulative lately, the card may be urging you to reflect on your behavior and work on improving your emotional intelligence and empathy.


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