King of Cups

The King of Cups represents a person who is emotionally intelligent, compassionate, and empathetic. This card advises you to behave like a king while in a difficult circumstance. Rather than succumbing to your first irritable inclination, take a moment to stop, evaluate, and then respond more thoughtfully and productively.

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In the upright position, the King of Cups represents emotional maturity, diplomacy, and kindness. This card suggests that you are able to balance your emotions with reason and logic, and can navigate relationships and situations with tact and grace. The King of Cups encourages you to trust your intuition and to act from a place of compassion and empathy.

The King of Cups can also represent a person who is artistic and creative. This card may indicate that you are being called to express yourself creatively, whether through art, music, or writing. The King of Cups encourages you to tap into your emotional depth and use it to fuel your creativity.

Possible examples of an upright King of Cups: Emotionally mature and diplomatic, balancing emotions with reason and logic, navigating relationships with tact and grace, trusting intuition and acting from a place of compassion and empathy.


In the reversed position, the King of Cups can indicate emotional manipulation or a lack of emotional boundaries. This card suggests that you may be struggling with your emotions and using them to control or manipulate others, or that you may be allowing others to control your emotions. The King of Cups encourages you to set healthy emotional boundaries and to work on healing any emotional wounds that may be impacting your relationships.

The King of Cups reversed can also represent a person who is overly emotional or sensitive. This card may indicate that you need to take a step back and assess your emotions before reacting, or that you need to find healthy ways to process your emotions.

Possible examples of a reversed King of Cups: Struggling with emotional manipulation or lack of boundaries, setting healthy emotional boundaries and healing emotional wounds, taking a step back and assessing emotions before reacting.

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    Astrological signs: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

    They symbolize: will, action, desire, ambition, masculine energy


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    Element: Water

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