King of Cups


Key words

Upright: compassion, diplomacy, balance, mindfulness

Reversed: emotional manipulation, bad advice, low spirits


The King of Cups wears a blue robe with a yellow-green and red cloak. They hold a chalice in one hand and a scepter in the other, suggesting a balance between emotions and rationality. Their stone throne appears to be floating in the middle of the ocean, and the skies are gray. A fish jumps out of the water to the left, and a red ship sails into the scene from the right. 


Kings: authority, leadership, outward focus, mastery


The King of Cups maintains a calm temperament, even in times of stress. They know how to balance listening to their intuition with considering the facts of a situation. They may feel isolated at times, occupying this space of rationality when others are overreacting. They remind you not to let others’ feelings get in the way of doing what’s best for you, even if it means venturing out on your own. 


The Kind of Cups in reverse represents a need to take responsibility for your emotions. You may be focusing on the negative too much, or setting unrealistic expectations for other people. Be careful of setting unrealistic expectations for yourself, too— self-compassion is just as important as showing compassion to others.