The King of Cups is tied very closely with the Neptune, which is tied to inspiration. Neptune holds power over dreams and your subconscious mind. The King of Cups has strong ties to the Pisces astrological sign, symbolizing intuition and creativity. The Cups suit would point towards an emotional journey.
The King of Cups sits on a large stone throne and he wears a fish amulet, to represent the element of water, which he rules over. Some depictions even show him with a mermaid tail to show his totally mastery over the water- representing emotions. He is in control of his emotions and he sits adrift in a sea of water. The Ship in the background shows how grounded the King of Cups stays despite the chaotic environment.
Upright- Creativity, wisdom, compassionate
The King of Cups is the highest of the Cups suit, meaning it is the epitome of the emotional, creative energy that the suit represents. When this card appears during a reading, you’re at a point in your life where you’ve managed to master your emotions. You may have recently mastered the art of meditation or self care, but regardless you’ve found a way to keep your emotions in check in any situation. The King of Cups is compassionate and takes great care to improve the lives of others along the way. Draw on the King of Cups energy if you feel your leadership is out of alignment with these elements.
Reverse- Unproductive, intolerant, manipulative
The reversed King of Cups tells the story of the turbulent environment getting the best of the King of Cups. You may be letting your emotions overwhelm you and spill over into everyday life. This is a sign to start looking into self care and meditation- anything to get these emotions under control. The King of Cups can also be a sign that you’re repressing certain memories and trauma as opposed to facing them head on and they are becoming detrimental to your overall wellbeing. Therapy is also a prudent suggestion in this time for managing your emotions.
**In a yes/no reading, the King of Cups is a yes.