King of Cups Tarot Card

king crown on a cup

The king of cups tarot card is one of keeping in tune with your emotions. Of feeling connected to the ocean, rather than being tossed around by it. This card can represent you, or someone to seek out for advice and wisdom.

I suggest, while looking at this card description, you have your tarot deck in front of you and decide for yourself if you agree with the feelings on this page or if the card represents something entirely different to you.

*The image at the top of the page does not depict all of the feelings represented by a specific tarot deck! You can find other tarot card meanings here!

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king of cups

A few words to describe the card:

In tune with your emotions, a person to ask for guidance

King of Cups

The king of cups is pictured, in almost every deck, alone. They sit on their throne surrounded by waves, holding their cup.

In some tarot decks this may feel like a lonely card, where you are alone on the throne. This may be a reminder that while you feel secure in your life, to not forget about others.

But the bigger energy throughout multiple decks is that this king is in control of themselves and their emotions. They are very in tune with themselves, and are one with the waves.

This is a powerful card for that reason. You control your emotions. Not anyone else or anything. You have the power. Keep reminding yourself of this; that you have the power over your emotions. Keep in tune with them so you aren’t led astray.

When you see this tarot card in a reading, it’s either a reminder to you to be in tune with your emotions: don’t let them control you. There may be turbulent emotions happening, but you are connected with them instead of trying to disconnect.

If there’s a conflict in your life, make sure to not be swayed by one emotion over all of the others. Take a minute to feel and decide how you really feel, rather than leading with the first emotion.

Or it can be a card suggesting you seek out a person like this that you know to gain guidance. You may be in too deep to be able to see the bigger picture, and the person you feel is in touch with their emotions and empathy is the person to seek wisdom from.

king of cups tarot card with definition

Still Confused?

Still confused about the meanings of the cards? A few tools that have been really helpful for me have been: practice, taking the time to look at each card, read books like Tarot: Learn How to Read and Interpret the Cards by Kim Arnold. Or try out tarot spreads! Try doing a simple reading every day. The Labyrinthos app is really helpful too. Or try some that I’ve created by looking here: Tarot Spreads.