Card Profile: King of Cups

King of Cups is the last card of the Suit of Cups; as such he represents the balance and control of the emotional processes; as well the authority over them.


The King of Cups is depicted as sitting on a stone throne in the middle of the turbulent sea. He wears a blue robe, green shoes, and a green cloak with red details. Around his neck, there is a gold pendant showing a fish. In one of his hands, he holds a chalice; whereas in the other one he has a scepter.
The fish is a repeated symbol in the Court of Cups. Here, it symbolizes the flow from subconscious to the conscious; its location indicates the vital necessity of that flow. The turbulent sea corresponds to the vast power and entity of the psyche and the emotions; which can be destructive from time to time; and therefore requires to be balanced by the structure brought by the mental processes and the willpower of the conscious mind.  It is also noteworthy that this balance is not achieved by suppression of the subconscious, but rather by a healthy channeling of the flow. The King, holding a cup in his one hand; is sensitive and receptive to other people’s emotions and experiences, and this adds a gentleness to his authority, represented by the scepter in his other hand.


The King of Cups calls to establish a balance between the subconscious (emotions) and conscious; to not to be overwhelmed by the subconscious (emotions) and advises to be considerate and understanding of one’s interactions with others. A person represented by this card, therefore; would be a balanced, calm, calming and understanding figure, though not always understandable. In the relationship context; this card indicates peace on the emotional plane is impending and calls for maintaining the balance between emotions and reality. Career-wise, this card represents a harmonious work environment in which different personalities can express themselves peacefully and calls for assuming more responsibilities, as they would bring more fulfillment.
No person, no place, and no thing has any power over us, for ‘we’ are the only thinkers in our mind. When we create peace and harmony and balance in our minds, we will find it in our lives.
-Louise L. Hay
To sum up, the King of Cups is a card of balance between subconscious and conscious; and advises against being ruled by either of them to maintain the vital balance and peace achieved by the flow from one to another.

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