King of Cups
The King of Cups belongs to the Minor Arcana, of the Cups suite.
In the Medieval Scapini Deck, the King of Cups features the likeness of Pope Leo X. He wears red and yellow robes, with stockings of red and green, held up with garters embroidered with hearts. He holds a large cup in the shape of a papal tiara. Beneath his feet are renderings of Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. To the left, in the background is the dome of St. Peter’s Cathedral in Rome, and on the right, a bust of Venus de Milo.
Divinatory Meanings include: Responsibility and creativity, an interest in the arts and sciences, an artistic person. A considerate person, Professional and learned. Reliability, Generosity, having liberal manner. Religious Person, yet also a scientist.
Reversed Meanings: Artistic temperament, Double-dealing and dishonesty. Scandal, loss and ruin. Injustice. Shiftiness, or a crafty person without virtue.
Court cards most often refer to a specific person. If not the Querant, then someone involved in the circumstances being divined. Court cards are thus often taken a little more literally than other cards, including the Major Arcana, which are more moods or general feelings.
Today’s draw was the King of cups, drawn upside down. Beware those who would talk behind your back and lie to your face about it. If something offers you something that seems too good to be true, it most likely is.