King of Cups Tarot Card Meaning and Art Waite Smith Tarot Deck
About the Deck
Waite Smith Tarot Deck
Pivotal and canonical, this deck defined a new pattern that would be followed up to the present. I made a digitally retouched and painted version of this deck, which I call the "Vivid Waite Smith Tarot Deck". The cards from that deck, as well as a modern English translation of the romantic English descriptions by Arthur Edward Waite (as appear on the Waite Smith Tarot deck) appear in a cross-referenced format in my book, "A Concise Guide to the Tarot: In Vivid Color"
Designed by A.E. Waite and Illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith. England, 1911.
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DescriptionHe 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.
Meaning of King of Cups from the Waite Smith Tarot Deck
Fair man, man of business, law, or divinity; responsible, disposed to oblige the Querent; also equity, art and science, including those who profess science, law and art; creative intelligence.
Dishonest, double-dealing man; roguery, exaction, 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.