The King of Cups is the most mature member of the Cups court. This has nothing to do with gender. If the court cards within each suit represent a process, then he represents the mastering of our emotions. All kings masters their element. Any of us can grow to become a king.
This king holds his cup casually. He is a sophisticated man, who stands by a river with a city behind him. His emotions are depicted by the cup. He isn’t absorbed by them. He is in complete control of them. He can tune into his feelings responsibly, if and when he needs to. This enables him to empathise with others, without being consumed by their problems or worries.
This king’s understanding of emotions can open doors for him professionally. As a king, he can use them as a vehicle for his career. He would make a good counsellor, mediator, or emotional advisor. As a tarot reader, he has turned up to describe my career opportunities in many of my own personal readings. I am also a water sign. The Cups suit covers Pisces, Scorpio and Cancer.
When the King of Cups appears with The Lovers, we are looking at someone who is deeply committed and loving. When this combination turns up in a reading, we are looking at someone who can be trusted and is emotionally secure. Are you wondering if a partner or prospective love-interest could make it through the bad times in a relationship? This pair would say they can.
The traditional meaning for The Lovers is choice. These two cards [when dealt together] may be suggesting a big decision in the area of love and relationships. Because of the nature of this king, they could be suggesting that we act maturely and control our heart when deciding what to do.
When these two cards arrive together, we are looking at someone who is emotionally manipulative or deceptive. This scenario turns up when someone is using their position of care irresponsibly or even for bad intent. Alternatively, it could foresee someone who controls a partner emotionally or is deceitful within a relationship.
As already mentioned, this king has the ability to use his emotional experience and empathy as a platform for spiritual or emotional work. He could be a relationship-advisor, a spiritual-medium or some kind of care-manager. When he is joined by the 6 of Wands, we see someone who has gained some kind of notoriety or fame, due to his work or links to emotional maturity.
This tarot combination might suggest a famous guide or respected guru. This is a man who has worked his way up in life, and quite probably, his career. He is known for the work he has performed on an emotional level and might even be a television psychic or talk-show host, known for his work within relationships and family disputes.
© Steven Bright Tiferet Tarot 2014
All illustrations by Steven Bright