Occultus Thesaurus - King of Cups

King of Cups

King of Cups from the public domain Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck

He holds a short sceptre 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 / Magical Uses

  • Fair man
  • Man of business
  • Law or divinity
  • Responsible
  • Disposed to oblige the Querent
  • Equity, art, and science, including those who profess science, law, and art
  • Creative intelligence

Reversed Meanings

  • Dishonest, double-dealing man
  • Roguery
  • Exaction
  • Injustice
  • Vice
  • Scandal
  • Pillage
  • Considerable loss


The Pictorial Key to the Tarot” by Arthur Edward Waite, originally published 1910.

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