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You don’t need to be the tide to rise and fall,
you don’t have to be a wave to touch the shore;
just be a little sand-grain and feel them all”

Munia Khan


A King is sitting on a throne that is floating on the sea. Despite the waves he seems perfectly balanced. In his right hand he is holding a golden chalice of emotion and intuition, and in his left hand a golden scepter, a symbolic royal ornament. The fish talisman around his neck represents creative abundance.

Water element rules the realms of unconscious and associated with intuition, creativity and emotion. The King of Cups is the master of navigating the waters of life. He achieved this by creating a perfectly balanced scale between the heart and the mind.

The court cards in tarot represents an individual or a situation with characteristic qualities of the card. He is a calm, compassionate and wise authority, who is able to utilize both intuition and intellect. The King of Cups can show up as a beneficial counsel in your life, or a situation where you need to remain emotionally mature.

When interpreted as a specific person, it is likely to be an older male that has one of the water element zodiac signs in his natal chart.


King of Cups Keywords

  • Emotional balance
  • Creativity

  • Compassion

  • Love



  • Emotional immaturity
  • Moodiness
  • Imbalance

Upright King of Cups

Guidance: You are doing a lot of inner work understanding your emotions, channeling creativity, discovering core personal values and learning your intuitive abilities. It is an emotionally abundant time for you, and through this work your social experiences are going to be equally abundant. Strengthen your ability to stay calm and balanced through the ups and downs. If the card represents a person, he is a wise and reliable person who will offer his help.

Love: As a lover, his most attractive attributes are the depths of his emotions and compassion. He feels deeply, yet he has learned to control them. He is truly the king of romance. If you are single, such person may show interest in you. In a relationship, this card indicates that you are creating strong bonds with your partner. You connect not only in the mind and heart, but also in the soul. With such a caring and loyal person on your side, you may even consider taking things to a next level.

Work/Finances: The King of Cups excels in all creative and artistic pursuits. It represents achieving emotional fulfillment, not so much material. You are capable of attaining both by utilizing logic, diplomacy and intuition. The main advice of this card is to create and maintain a balance between work and life, goals and desires, as well as finances.  As a specific person, the King of Cups is a mature authority figure who may offer beneficial support.

Health: The King of Cups speaks of a positive attitude and emotional balance. You may be working on improving your health. It seems that you are doing a good job of taking care of yourself, and you don’t give in to negativity even when things are rough. Keep it up!

Spirituality: When this card shows up, it means that you are probably very much in touch with your intuition. It talks about a psychic, spiritual and creative development. As all intuitive individuals, you are also deeply sensitive and emphatic. Learning and mastering your inner abilities will also help you balance these powerful emotions.

Guidance: Emotions are like an ocean inside us, sometimes turbulent and sometimes calm. If we don’t learn to navigate through them, we risk drowning when the waves are high. Emotions don’t control you; you control them. Don’t let your heart overrule your logic, utilize both. Stay away from unnecessary drama. If this card represents a person instead, he is an emotionally immature, cold and insensitive person who may create such a drama in your life.

Love: When this card is reversed, the King of Cups is a cold and calculated in his relationships. He hides his emotions and intentions to gain control over others. Guilt trips are most common with this type of individuals. If you are single, look out for these behaviors when you think of dating someone. In rare cases, it can also symbolize an affair. You need open and honest communication with your partner, especially if one you choose to be emotionally withdrawn.

Work/Finances: When it comes to your work and finances, you need to keep alert, logical and calm. Don’t rush into something before you have a clear strategy and understanding. It is important that you are both emotionally and materially satisfied at what you are doing, especially if you are involved in a creative pursuit. Beware of manipulation and dishonesty around you when this card represents your environment.

Health: The King of Cups reversed advises you to seek moderation in all aspects of your life. When you are emotionally overwhelmed, it can also have physical repercussions. If this speaks to you, consider therapy or meditation to help you release some of the pressure.

Spirituality: Working towards your inner peace is a very necessary step towards your spiritual development. You don’t need to be emotionally dependent on others to feel happy. The simple truth is, you are responsible to look within and fill the voids with your own love. No need to hide from your instincts and emotions, you can learn to use them.

Reversed King of Cups

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