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King Of Cups In Tarot

King Of Cups In TarotThe Scene in the card.

The King of Cups in Tarot depicts a man sitting on a throne cloaked in royalty. In his right hand he holds a golden cup and in his left hand he holds a sceptre, which is an ornamented staff. Behind him and around him is a choppy turburlent sea representing the unconscious mind and the emotions. He is wearing a fish amulet and a fish behind him on his right jumps out of the sea. Fish in Tarot symbolise  the balancing of the conscious and unconscious mind, as well as a symbol of creativity and spirit. A ship on his left hand side sails calmly over the rough seas which symbolises the mastery of emotions, even when they are going from one extreme to the other.

The Meaning of Kings in Tarot.

The Kings in Tarot are about outward focus and male energy. They can depict a personality type, or represent an aspect of yourself in a given situation and how you might be approaching it. Kings are wise as they have come through a series of lessons in life and therefore usually represent accumulated knowledge and experience in an area depending on which suit the King appears in.

Suit of Cups in TarotThe Meaning of Cups in Tarot.

Cups represent the emotional realm in Tarot. They resonate with the element of water, therefore they reflect the more intangible elements of life such as joy, creative expression, love, feelings of abundance and union with matters of the heart. The King of Cups can therefore refer to a man who is in the creative arts, or a teacher who teaches their students with great heart and has a tremendous amount of calmness and patience. This personality type is caring, tolerant and understanding. He is highly compassionate, and exudes much wisdom. He could be symbolic of a person in your life, yourself or if you are female, it could be a sign that now is a great time to embody the energy of this card in your life.

Practical applications.

Approach the situation you are thinking about with great compassion and understanding. Be tolerant of others and respond to their emotional needs. Keep your views broadminded and seek a deeper knowledge of life. Approach your work with great heart and inspiration. Stay patient in situations that test your ability to be calm. Be influential in quite and calming ways and others will feel good in your presence. Take some time to tap into a well of creativity.

King of cups in tarotQuestions to ask yourself when you draw this card.

  • Are you able to balance the needs of several people within a group?
  • Do you need to maintain your composure in certain situations?
  • Do you have untapped creative talent that would bring you inner joy if you allowed yourself to explore it?
  • Are you in a situation that calls on your leaderships skills which requires you to influence others to get connected to their hearts to help them achieve more?
  • Would now be a good time to take on some volunteer or charity work and explore your caring compassionate side?
  • How do you use your creative energy? Is it constructive?
  • Is there a person in your life who has the energy of the King of Cups where you feel you could learn a great deal from them?

What does the King of Cups mean to you in your life? Do you know someone like this? Or do you feel you would benefit at this time from embracing the energy of this personality type? Feel free to comment below and let me know!

8 thoughts on “King Of Cups In Tarot”

  1. Really enjoyed this. Parts of it relate to everyone’s life I believe! Personally, I frequently find myself in situations where I need to be conscious of balancing mutliple different loved ones needs and also keeping composure during these situations. Reading about the symbolism of the rough water around the king really appealed to me.

    Often in life I think we find ourselves in turbulent situations and find ourselves thinking (I say this from my own experience) that we are the only person in the world feelings these type of emotions. It’s articles like these that remind us all that we aren’t alone.

    Also, I think that we can all relate to the king in this reading at least one time in our lives. We all share the mantle of responsibility when it comes to being strong and calming ourselves and others in a sea of emotions. Really good read! I enjoyed this.

    1. Hi Ryan. Glad you enjoyed the post. Yes I think the card can relate to anyone at some point in their life-but this is true for each of the Tarot cards as they tap into common human themes throughout humanity. This is why I find them so interesting! Each card has giant stories behind it. Thanks for your comment!

  2. Interesting analysis of Tarot cards. I thought that Tarot is either a game or just a straightforward future telling. But from your article it seems that it is more like Chinese I Ching. Both systems are very interesting, but the problem is with interpretation – there are some many possibilities. Cab anybody do it or is it more for people with special sense or insight to interpret it correctly?

    1. HI Sandy. There is a lot of misconstrued information around Tarot. Each of the cards actually have huge history behind them which has been conveyed via a picture on a card. Anyone can read the Tarot if they are willing to learn. And whether you are a complete beginner and reading cards with an interpretation book at your side to look up each card in your spread or a seasoned pro, there is insight to be gained either way. You are correct in that Tarot came from a game though, but around the 14th Century it began to be used for divination purposes. These days many people like to use them for personal development by drawing on the archetypal patterns that come up in the cards. There really are a multitude of ways you could use the cards depending on your own belief systems. Thanks for visiting!

  3. Hi Liz,
    Does each card have a basic meaning and practical application such as the king of cups? Do you do readings for others or just for yourself? If you read for others, do you ask the questions of the person you’re reading in order to come up with a practical application for the card for that person? Thanks, very interesting.

    1. Hey Bill. Yes each card has a basic meaning and in terms of practical application, well, that comes down to how you like to interpret them. I like actionable steps therefore I like to quickly look for a ‘take away’ from the reading that I can go and apply myself to. I feel if you don’t interpret like this, it is all just philosophy and doesn’t mean a whole lot-to me anyway. I don’t do readings for others at this stage, but in the future I would like to, and I do plan to give people an actionable step (or several) should they choose to take it. 😉 Thanks for visiting!

  4. I am a believer of tarots, and whenever I have a problem, I will turn to consulting the tarot cards, because I believe that the cards, when used properly, will show messages that I will tend to miss easily when they manifest in real life.

    Strangely enough, I’ve never drawn this card before, with some of the others. Maybe that’s because I’m not well known for creativity or leadership, lol.

    Perhaps we can discuss more in-depth about the tarot cards! I do readings for my close friends and family who are willing to consult the tarot (some call it witchcraft that I’m practicing) and I don’t even have to ask them for their question to be able to spell out the problem. Guess intuition is sometimes an important part too?

    1. Hey Rachel! Thanks for your comment. I do agree with you that when you use the cards properly they are extremely helpful. Hard to define what using them properly is though given that everybody has vast interpretations of them. However, I feel using them properly just means not having an unhealthy attachment them to them, or consulting them again and again just to get a spread you are happy with in terms of the outcome you want.

      Would love to discuss more with you! Funny how some people have weird perceptions of what Tarot cards actually are. There is way too much superstition around them that is really off the charts I think!

      Thanks for visiting. 🙂 You probably will draw the King of Cups now you have focused on it a little haha!

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