King of Cups Tarot Card Meaning and Art Vivid Waite Smith Tarot Deck
About the Deck
Vivid Waite Smith Tarot Deck
These cards are featured in my book, "A Concise Guide to the Tarot" by Loren Lundgren. I took the information for the meanings on these tarot cards from "The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, Being Fragments of a Secret Tradition Under the Veil of Divination", by A. E. Waite, 1911, now in the public domain. I edited the tarot card descriptions and meanings for clarity and brevity, modernizing the text. I scanned in the original black and white illustrations of the cards drawn by Pamela Colman Smith, from the 1911 book. I digitally retouched and painted those illustrations in detailed color.
Loren Lundgren, © 2021
DescriptionHe holds a short scepter in his left hand and a cup in his right. His throne is set upon the sea. On one side a ship sails, and on the other a fish leaps.
Meaning of King of Cups from the Vivid Waite Smith Tarot Deck
Man of fair appearance; man of business, law, or divinity; responsible man, amenable to helping the Querent; also fairness, art and science, including those who profess science, law and art; creative intelligence.
Dishonest, double-dealing man; mischief, demands of payment, injustice, vice, scandal, pillage, considerable loss.
According to Many Schools of Thought
Papus's Divinatory Meanings
A fair man. A friend. A barrister, judge, or ecclesiastic. A bachelor.
A. E. Waite's Secondary Meanings
Beware of ill-will on the part of a man of position, and of hypocrisy pretending to help.
Mme. Le Normand's Divinatory Meanings
Reunion. Prosperity. Fidelity. Endurance.
S. L. MacGregor Mathers's Divinatory Meanings
A fair Man, Goodness, Kindness, Liberality, Generosity
A Man of good position, but shifty in his Dealings, Distrust, Doubt, Suspicion.
P.R.S. Foli's Divinatory Meanings
Fair man of generous disposition
a disappointing person.
Mme. Le Marchand's Divinatory Meanings
a man high in station for a husband; a wealthy man will give the bride away, and will likewise furnish the marriage portion. The bridegroom will attain to high honors. On Christmas-day the person will obtain the consent of his or her beloved.