8 King of Cups Tarot Meanings: Love, Outcomes, Feelings & More!

The meaning of the King of Cups Tarot card is ‘empathy.’ In fact, the King of Cups is the epitome of empathy. When this card makes an appearance, it means that you or someone close to you is going to use your empathetic skills and psychic ability to navigate a situation.

In some Tarot card decks, the King of Cups is called the Father of Cups or Chalices. However, the Tarot card meaning of the Father of Cups/Chalices and the King of Cups are the same.

King of Cups General Tarot Meaning

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’ve known him all your life.  

This card can sometimes pop up to symbolize growth in emotional maturity. Maybe the King of Cups character was used to only thinking of himself, but has now grown in this area. Alternatively, maybe you’re 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’s learned for evil means.

King of Cups Love Tarot Meaning

In a love Tarot reading, the King of Cups is a positive omen, especially for females who want to settle down with a partner. Like the Queen of Cups, the King of Cups 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.

The King of Cups is also good if you have a habit of picking lovers who are self-centered and not in tune with your needs – this is a pattern of behavior you will soon leave behind.

For singles, it’s very fortunate to have the King of Cups appear in your Tarot reading. It can be predicted from the King of Cups that you will soon partner up with someone who will only add positive things to your life. 

If the King of Cups gives any advice, it’s that you should be more reserved in your relationship. Keep your problems between you and your partner, and don’t involve other people. Think of how your lover would feel if they knew you were spilling their deepest, darkest secrets. 

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King of Cups Feelings Tarot Meaning

The King of Cups reassures you that your partner or potential partner’s feelings toward you are genuine. The person you’re reading Tarot about is very devoted to you. They may even be devoted to a fault! 

In some Tarot readings, the King of Cups can also mean that your lover is very in tune with your feelings, wants, and needs. They are empathetic and make a conscious effort to see where you’re coming from – highly positive traits for a successful partnership. 

King of Cups Career & Business Tarot Meaning

King of Cups Tarot card meaning for love, romance and relationships.

The King of Cups is a rather bizarre card to get for a career-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 are the men known for business and money.

I would read the King of Cups as a sign that while your career may be fulfilling, for the short-term future, it will not necessarily be as profitable as you would like. That’s not to say it won’t make any money, but it does mean you won’t get as much financial benefit as other career paths would provide. I advise you to get career or business help and explore how you can turn your situation around. 

King of Cups Future Tarot Meaning

I often take the King of Cups in the future position of a Tarot reading to indicate a future marriage. While that doesn’t necessarily mean you will marry your current partner, the King of Cups in the future is a welcome card. 

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 still in your future, waiting for you. Don’t fear being single – your king is out there.

Yes or No with the King of Cups

General – I would read the King of Cups as a yes for love matters, but it’s a rather neutral Tarot card for most types of readings. 

Do they like me? – Yes, this person really likes you. 

Am I pregnant? – I would not interpret the King of Cups as a positive indicator of pregnancy, but there are many readers who would. 

Is this relationship going to last? – Yes, this relationship is going to last for the foreseeable future. 

Does the future of this look promising? – If you’re reading Tarot about a relationship or psychic development, the future of this matter appears to be promising. For every other matter, the future looks neutral and could go either way. 

Am I going to reconcile with my ex? – If your ex is a really loving and empathetic person then yes, they are coming back into your life. The King of Cups is a sign that your ex will return. However, if your ex does not match the description of the King of Cups, you will meet someone else who does. Either way, you will not be lonely in the future. 

The King of Cups as a Negative, Weakness, or Obstacle

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When the King of Cups appears in a negative, weakness, or obstacle Tarot spread position, it means that someone in your life will use their emotional intelligence to tug at your heartstrings. This person is very calculating and uses emotional blackmail to get the things they want from you. 

The King of Cups can also pop up as a negative if you’re prone to using your intuition for means that don’t benefit you. You should take the focus off trying to work out if your lover has any ulterior motives and instead enjoy the things in life you can actually see. 

The King of Cups as a Positive, Strength, or Advantage

When the King of Cups appears in a positive, strength or advantage Tarot spread position, this means that an intuitive, empathetic individual is going to enter your life. This person is completely devoted to you. They will give you good advice. 

Sometimes, the King of Cups will not represent another person but instead symbolize yourself. If this is the case, the King of Cups as a strength means that you’re emotionally mature and controlled. The other Cup Courts can have a habit of letting their emotions get the better of them, but you are not like that. Wisely, you do not lay all your cards on the table.

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