The King of Cups tarot card is the master of loyalty, commitment, and love.
He’s a great guide and counselor who oversees his domain with kindness, tolerance, and dependability. He is a calm influence when there is emotional trouble and he loves to support the arts, music, nature, and activities at home.
Traditionally, this card shows the King of Cups sitting on his floating throne, holding a cup in one hand and a scepter in the other. He’s the master of the emotional realm and rules with a firm hand while exhibiting kindness, compassion, and commitment to family.
Like all of the court cards, the King of Cups usually stands for an actual person in your life. In this case, it would be a loving and generous person (male or female) who is a wonderful life-partner and parent or who has the potential to be one, given the right circumstances.
This card can also represent a role you are ready to play in your own life. Model the King of Cups’ dependability, loyalty, and trust by being dependable, loyal, and trustworthy.
Keywords for the King of Cups Tarot Card
- A loving and generous person
- A great parent and life-partner
- Kindness, trust, forgiveness
- Nurtures creative endeavors
Keywords for the King of Cups Reversed
- Emotional turbulence or manipulation
- Moodiness, volatility
- Addiction issues
Patterns and Correspondences of the King of Cups Card
- The Cups suit = rules the emotions
- Suit of cards = hearts
- Timeline = weeks to months
- The King = expanding and sharing wisdom
- Element = Water
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King of Cups Tarot Card Meanings for Love
The King of Cups is a great life-partner and parent. If you are looking for a loving and stable relationship with a kind and committed person who will be with you for life, then this card is a fantastic sign. Your King is on his (or her) way.
If you want to have a one-night stand, look elsewhere. The King has mastered his fleeting desires. He only has the time and desire for long-term and committed relationships.
If you are in an existing relationship that is struggling or you want to take deeper, model your behavior on the King’s. In every interaction, with everyone in his life, the King of Cups is dependable, loyal, and trustworthy.
Look toward every relationship you have (personal and professional). Are people able to rely on you to be dependable? Fiercely loyal? Honest and open?
When all of your relationships are stable and respectful, those standards will flow into your romantic partnership. You are responsible for making this relationship work. And if it isn’t working, you are responsible for deciding on whether you leave or stay. It’s all within your power.
King of Cups Tarot Card Meanings for Work
If you want to travel the world for business, sell your art internationally, or otherwise conquer the world with your accomplishment, this is an excellent card to see.
The King of Cups is a master of every world he works in. If this card represents an actual person in your life, it’s likely to be someone in a (possibly international) leadership role.
If there is no King in your professional world, become the King.
To be the King of Cups, you must act as the King would act. You need to believe what the King believes and think Kingly thoughts. To become the King, you must become the King. You can’t think your way into this. You must change your beliefs, your actions, and the way you look at the world.
King of Cups Tarot Card Meanings for Health
This card is a positive sign for health. The King of Cups has mastered his own self-care and now has the extra energy to take care of others.
Model yourself after the King of Cups by making your health your Number One Priority. Not second. Not after you take care of others. Not later. Your health must be Number One.
This means your health comes first. Every single day, in every single interaction. When you hold yourself to this high standard, you’ll create a body (and a life) that will inspire others. You’ll have the energy, strength, and ability to take care of your family. You must take care of yourself first. There are no exceptions to this rule.
King of Cups Tarot Card Meanings for Money and Finances
The King of Cups has more than enough money and success to go around. He has mastered his own needs and now has extra money, time, and resources to share with others.
If there is someone in your life who can act as a financial mentor, ask them for advice and guidance. You will need help to become the King of your financial world. You don’t need investment tips or complex tax advice. You need an adviser who can help you understand your financial weaknesses and teach you emotional control.
Take action on what you learn and track your progress. You are not alone in this quest, but you are the only one who can do the work.
You must focus on changing your mindset to receive the great abundance the Universe has to offer and never give up on your goals. Your financial health is 100% your responsibility. No one else will do this for you.
King of Cups Tarot Card Meaning for Spiritual Guidance
The King of Cups is able to reach out to others without hesitation or expectation. His center is so strong there is nothing in the world that could shake him.
He has faith in himself. His faith is stronger than belief. It’s so well integrated into his being that he is able to offer extreme love, forgiveness, and compassion to others without fear of losing himself.
To continue your spiritual journey, you must first create a foundation of self-trust and certainty. When you know and trust yourself completely, you will walk into the flames without fear.