What does the king of cups tarot card mean?

Main image for King of Cups

The king of cups is part of the Minor Arcana deck of tarot cards and is part of the Cups suit.

Keywords: Maturity, caring, generosity, balance


The King of Cups is a mature, strong man who has achieved a lot in his life. He has a lot of experience and intelligence, and he makes a wise advisor.

This person may present themselves in your life as a father-figure or other authority figure such as a teacher or doctor.

He has a strong grip on his emotions and is very logical in his approach to solving problems. However, this doesn’t take away from his kindness and compassion.

If you draw this card, it is a sign that you should keep cool and calm in the face of a challenge, and let your brain rule your head when making tough decisions. However, when dealing with others, never forget to be empathetic and compassionate.

Reverse Keywords: Crafty, hot-tempered, moody, volatile

Reverse Meaning

The reverse King of Cups is a sign of an emotionally manipulative and controlling individual. This could be somebody in your life, or a sign that you are acting this way yourself.

This person has a quick temper and can lash out when things don’t go their way. They manipulate others to get what they want, and don’t care who they hurt.

If you draw this card, it’s a warning to take stock. If it represents a person in your life, you should distance yourself from them. If it’s you, you should take some time to reflect on how you are behaving.

You need to take control of your emotions and think deeply about how your actions are affecting other people.

Other Minor Arcana Cards (in the Cups suit)