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King of Cups Art and Meaning

Sola Busca Tarot Deck

About the Deck

The oldest complete tarot deck we possess, and one of the only early decks to be fully illustrated.

It is by no means certain, but it has been alleged that the Sola Busca tarot deck was commissioned to honor Alfonso d'Este on the occasion of his wedding to Anna Sforza, granddaughter of Bianca Maria Visconti.

Provenance

Italy, c.1491.

Meaning of King of Cups from the Sola Busca Tarot Deck

Upright

(Lucio Cecilioir) One who supports the arts.

Reversed

(Lucio Cecilioir) An individual who craves media.

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

Upright

Beware of ill-will on the part of a man of position, and of hypocrisy pretending to help.

Reversed

Loss.

Mme. Le Normand's Divinatory Meanings

Reunion. Prosperity. Fidelity. Endurance.

S. L. MacGregor Mathers's Divinatory Meanings

Upright

A fair Man, Goodness, Kindness, Liberality, Generosity

Reversed

A Man of good position, but shifty in his Dealings, Distrust, Doubt, Suspicion.

P.R.S. Foli's Divinatory Meanings

Upright

Fair man of generous disposition

Reversed

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.