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King of Cups Art and Meaning Vivid Waite Smith Deck

Designation

King of Cups

About the Deck

Vivid Waite Smith

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.

Provenance

Loren Lundgren, © 2021

Tags

cups-14, king-of-cups, king, cups

Description

He 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 Deck

Upright

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.

Reversed

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

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.

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