King of Cups Tarot Card Meanings and Combinations
Water, female, passive energy - emotions
Keywords and Phrases:
Easy-going, thoughtful and considerate.
King of Cups Tarot Card Meanings
The Kings and Queens are helpful in readings when used to indicate the characteristics and personality description of a mature man or woman appearing in a situation, as it can help you to be quite specific and clear in your interpretation. Everyone tends to have a mixture of all the cards, similar to our astrology chart we all have a balance of the elements, but we also tend to have dominant factors, which is what we look for. In daily life and conversation, we often stereotype people when describing to others and this approach is similar.
Some readers like to use the Kings and Queens to represent a facet of your personality but I like to use them to identify specific people of a particular gender, so the Queens would always be women and the Kings always men (regardless of sexual orientation). In terms of astrological signs, I usually only use astrology sun signs to identify people in email readings, since we don’t have the advantage of a two-way conversation in a normal reading situation. Cups would be water signs, Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces.
The King of Cups is easy going and gentle-natured, they usually get along with most people and don’t tend to rock the boat. They feel things deeply but sometimes give the impression of ‘anything for a quiet life’ as they can be quite passive – the King of Cups would rather chew off his right arm than have to confront something unpleasant head on. Sometimes this can be one of their telltale signs, as they curiously seem to go missing or are conveniently unavailable, leaving someone else has to take care of it.
The water element sits happily with deeper issues, they really listen to you and make you feel understood and empathise with problems, but they don’t deal with conflict or anger very well as it feels alien and overwhelms them. Instead of channelling it in a productive way if they do lose their temper it tends to be a build up of frustration that explodes as exasperated anger, almost as if they don’t know what to do with it. They’re one of the nicest guys you could meet but they’re not very strong. On the downside they can be sulky, passive-aggressive, or manipulative by using emotional guilt.
Tarot Card Combinations: All the Kings and Queens have positive and negative traits so within the reading the individual meaning is neutral, depicting a particular person, and relying on surrounding cards to see how they impact the seeker. In future positions it may describe someone you don’t know yet but who will be important to a situation coming up. Multiple Kings and Queens can indicate that lots of people are involved in a situation.
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