49-King of Cups – Upright Rider Waite Deck

Your Chosen Card – King of Cups Upright Rider Waite Deck

Kings are mature accomplished individuals (father figures) who are in charge of the matters related to their suit and element. They represent important men in the querent’s life or significant personality traits needed by the querent to navigate the situation. When upright, the King of Cups is a sensitive, emotionally attuned man of accomplishment who gives good advice that can be of great assistance. He is often quite cultured and may appear in the form of a helpful physician, therapist, counselor, cleric, or other professional who ministers to the needs of the querent. Some authors feel that the King of Cups (Air of Water) comes across as cool and emotionally detached as he tries to give preference to his intellect while he keeps his own feelings under wraps.

Keywords Upright: Kind, upright, calm, liberal, caring, amiable, loyal, generous, tolerant, fair, educated, responsible, sincere, respected, cultured, professional, self-reflective, imaginative, artistic, spiritual, nurturing, family-oriented, concerned about the welfare of others; a highly placed gentleman, a healer, a good adviser.

Decans/Timing: 20 Libra to 20 Scorpio. Tropical, 13 October–12 November. Sidereal, 06 November–06 December.
Astrology: Air of Water. (Note the leaping fish, the watery setting, and the presence of ocean waves and a seashell on his throne.)
Associated Trumps: Justice and Death.

Rider Waite: He holds a short scepter in his left hand and a great cup in his right; his throne is set upon the sea; on one side a ship is riding and on the other a dolphin is leaping. The implicit is that the sign of the Cup naturally refers to water, which appears in all the court cards. Divinatory Meanings: Fair man, man of business, law, or divinity; responsible, disposed to oblige the querent; also equity, art, and science, including those who profess science, law, and art; creative intelligence; (R) dishonest, double-dealing man; roguery, exaction, injustice, vice, scandal, pillage, considerable loss.

When King of Cups is upright you can pretty much take it that life is going well but that’s when life takes us by surprise.  If King of Cups is unclear it may help to choose a card from the Major Arcana to provide more insight into what it is King of Cups is trying to tell you.  If you had a particular issue in  mind, or want to seek clarification on something else, you can also choose again to get more guidance.

This chosen card is part of your upright card reading for King of Cups using cards from the Rider Waite Tarot Deck. You will find many more tarot pages that will be of great help if you need tarot card meanings. Use the search at the bottom of the page. We have some amazing tarot books for you to browse. Please see below.

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Complete Book of Tarot
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Complete Book of Tarot: Ruled by warlike Mars the warrior god and in modern astrology by Pluto, Scorpio is the eighth sign. Scorpio the Scorpion, a fixed sign of concentrated energy, is associated with the Death card, trump XIII. The King of Cups falls largely under Scorpio, a sign whose natives are characterized by these traits:

Tarot Books

Creative Tarot: Ever since those sixteenth-century Venetian sonnets mentioned before, artists and writers have been drawn to the tarot, have written about it and pulled from the imagery for their own work. Some were so taken with the experience of reading tarot that they dedicated themselves to constructing entirely new decks.

Complete Book of Tarot: Myth 13: Some tarot cards are really very ‘good’ and others are really very ‘evil.’

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