King of Cups: Predictive Tarot Card Meanings

Intuitive, Emotionally Mature, Passionate, Devoted, Socially Intelligent, Controlled 

The King of Cups is the opitomny of intuition. When this card makes an appearance, it means that you or someone close to you is going to use your intuitive skills and psychic ability to navigate a situation.

While the King of Cups may not be an intellectual (although he can be) but he definitely has social intelligence. He is able to read the room and everyone in it with stark accuracy. When you first meet him, you will feel like you have known him all of your life.  

Sometimes this card can pop up because it symbolizes a growth in emotional maturity. Maybe the King of Cups character was used to only thinking of himself but now he has grown in this area. Alternatively, maybe you are used to dealing with people who act childish and now you’re going to meet someone to counteract this.

The King of Cups is also a card of devotion. When he appears in a Tarot reading it means that those in your inner circle are loyal and dedicated to you, especially the male figures. You can trust and rely on most of the men in your life. If there are no men you can lean on in your life yet, there will be soon.

A more negative face of the King of Cups is that he is deliberately controlled. He sits watching others, taking everything in. The King may take advantage of the information he gleans from these observations and his intuition. Sometimes, he can use what he has learned for evil means.

The King of Cup's Historical Meaning

Like the Queen of Cups, the King of Cups used to represent a man who has good intentions towards the seeker. He is always fair and has a strong sense of justice, right and wrong. He gives all he can to those in need. The King of Cups can be your father, husband or another male in your life.  

The King of Cups in a Love Reading

In a love reading, the King of Cups is a positive omen especially for females who want to settle down. Like the Queen of Cups, he is rarely unmarried or not looking for a serious relationship. He likes to have a companion; having a loving family is very important to him.

In a good reading, The King of Cups reassures you that your partner or potential partner's feeling towards you are genuine (I have an intentions spread in my Love Tarot Spreads e-book). 

If your relationship is in trouble and the King of Cups appears in an outcome position this card serves as reassurance that you can get the type of man who appreciates you. While your current relationship might not last, the King is telling you that he is in your future, waiting for you. Do not fear being single because your King is out there.

If the King gives any advice its that you should be more reserved in the relationship. Keep your problems between you and your partner and do not involve other people.

The King of Cups in a Business Reading

The King of Cups is a rather bizarre card to get for a business orientated Tarot reading. While the card is rather positive, it would be more desirable if you received a King of Pentacles or, even, a King of Wands because these men are known for business and money.

I would read the King of Cups as a sign that while your business may be fulfilling, for the short-term future it will not necessarily be as profitable as you would like. That’s not to say that it will not make any money but it does mean that you will not benefit financially how you could. I advise you to get some type of business help and explore how you can turn your passion into profit. 

The King of Cups as a Yes or No 

I would read the King of Cups as a yes for love matters but a no for everything else. 

The King of Cups in a Positive Reading

In a positive reading, the King of Cups can indicate:

- An intuitive individual

- Emotionally mature

- Passion

- Emotionally controlled

- Devotion

The King of Cups in a Negative Reading

In a negative reading, the King of Cups can indicate

- Calculating

- An inability to let go  

- Manipulative

- Devoted to a fault

- Someone abuses their social intelligence 

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Cards used in this post are The Wooden Tarot by Skull Garden


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    Illustration: In a Tarot card reading, the King of Cups in a spread can be a symbol of someone who is  intuitive, emotionally mature and passionate. This post includes a vintage and modern fortune telling meanings of the King of Cups, ideal for the advanced reader or those just learning the cards. These interpretations can be used with any of the decks (Rider Waite, Marseilles etc). Cards in this post are from The Wooden Tarot by Skull Garden. 

Illustration: In a Tarot card reading, the King of Cups in a spread can be a symbol of someone who is  intuitive, emotionally mature and passionate. This post includes a vintage and modern fortune telling meanings of the King of Cups, ideal for the advanced reader or those just learning the cards. These interpretations can be used with any of the decks (Rider Waite, Marseilles etc). Cards in this post are from The Wooden Tarot by Skull Garden.