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The Emperor


Emperor Tarot Card Meaning

The Emperor is the counterpart of the Empress, but where the Empress is care free in her abundance, the Emperor is almost strict with his own form of stability and can symbolize many different things depending on the context in which he represents himself.

If you receive this card during a general reading, then the Emperor is going to provide you with a solid, continual energy to benefit your life. He does not leave a lot of room for excess change or random behavior. The Emperor is pragmatic, regal and stately. His energy is full of action and drive, and there is no room for mistakes. This is a card of possession, domination and authority and says that currently in your life you need direction. Often the Emperor will reflect an internal compass, a card that is attempting to show you the way. To be something and to know something is entirely different then being capable of doing something. Embracing the capabilities of the Emperor assists you in understanding this level of authority. Now is a time to trust your own instincts and skills to get a much needed job done. Do not rely on others to complete what you can do yourself. Do not expect that others are going to do as good of a job as you are.

You are in a time of your life that your own limits may be tested and while you are feeling run down or underappreciated you still need to push through. There is no room for error. The Emperor points his glare at you in a reading stating that you also may be pushing others too hard. The message for the card is for you and you alone. You need to be responsible for your actions at this time and reliance on others will likely result in a disaster of some kind.

The depiction of the Emperor on the card is full of metaphorical images that will help you to assist what the role of the Emperor is in your life. He sits in a stone throne that is unyielding but efficient with the Martian ram heads signifying his masculine role with mars. He is forward momentum and drive. How can you focus more on pushing yourself forward? His beard is long, symbolizing his many years full of wisdom. Many comment on his metal shoes. One would ask why he isn’t wearing shoes that are more comfortable. The answer is simple, his shoes are an example of authority, of procedure, they are part of his uniform and that symbol is constant and never changing. You will benefit from adding this level of professionalism in your life.

The Emperor encourages us to focus on the reasoning and critically thinking mind. What is feasible and is reasonable is the world that the Emperor lives in. When you receive this card in a reading, the Emperor commands that you get rid of all form of fantasy and fill your head with the facts. Handle your affairs in a systematic way and do not encourage room for error. Anything that you can do to be responsible for the standing in your life is imperative now. The effort you put in at this time will be greatly rewarded.

Emperors are archetypal father figures and symbols of authority. As a leader, he represents action, decisiveness, and leadership. As most fathers do, he wants what's best for his children and will do whatever it takes to protect them. The Emperor, unlike other fathers, does not shy away from showing his softer side. A loving husband and devoted friend, he also cares for his family. Underneath his tough exterior lies a generous and kind heart.  A Tarot card reading with the Emperor will leave you feeling uplifted and motivated to take charge of your life if you're lucky enough to have him in your spread!

The Emperor in Love

In love, the Emperor is symbolic of monogamy, of longevity and consistency. When this card appears in your love spread you can count on being blessed with something stable and dependable coming your way. If you are already in a relationship and you are having problems, the Emperor says that you can depend on the situation to improve and to remain stable at least for the interim. Consider what he has to teach you about being a solid influence in your life and in the lives of others.

This card can be confusing if you are looking for love. For a woman looking for love it will often show an older male coming into her life and instruct her to be open to new possibilities. However, for a male seeking love it tells you that you need to be more forward in your search, be willing to share your feelings, and warns of waiting too long for the right woman. It is likely that you are holding back your feelings to a woman and now is the time to speak up before your opportunity is missed.

The Emperor As Feelings

In terms of feelings, the Emperor is king - he stands proud, a powerful and compassionate figure. If you ask for someone’s feelings and it is connected to strength and emotion, respect and understanding are associated with his feelings. As he speaks, his presence fills the air with authority. Listening to others, he experiences their stories like his own, because in his heart there is understanding. A great deal of emotion can be evoked by the Emperor in those around him. Every place he enters is filled with a special kind of feeling generated by his words that convey understanding, assurance, trust, and love. When the Emperor rises for feelings it can indicate that this person feels that you are traditional but have control over a “love” situation.

The Emperor As Love Reconciliation

In asking if someone will get back to you and pull the Emperor, for love reconciliation, then it shows that you want to fly into its wings for safety. He offers wisdom and compassion.

The Emperor in Health

When the Emperor comes up in a reading where health is mentioned, several possibilities present themselves. First, this can be a sign of good health over all, that you are well and will continue to be well. However, if this card comes up reversed regarding health, then you will want to consider the negative effects that being overly routine or constricted is having on your overall health. This could show up in tension headaches or other stress related issues. One can be too authoritarian or too rigid. The Emperor is there to teach you to bring yourself back into balance and to allow the positive influence of stability to come to your aid.

The Emperor in Work and Wealth

The Emperor in business ventures exists to show you the support in your current workplace and to bless you with up and coming possibilities that will add more stability in your life. If you are unsure that you are making the right move in your industry by accepting a promotion, the Emperor says to take the job if it will encourage longevity in the workplace. He also represents a long-term opportunity coming your way financially such as in making money off the sale of a house, inheritance, or cashing in of stocks and bonds. The positive energy in this card is very strong concerning finance and work. The Emperor has worked for what he has and with him in a reading, he brings a deal of luck and fortune through experience and reputation.

The Emperor As An Action/Advice

The Emperor is about making sure that you control what you are doing. Think of yourself  withstanding the raging winds and overcoming obstacles no-one else can. The message here is that if we trust in ourselves and open ourselves up to advice, there will never be a difficulty too great for us to overcome. This tarot card is a message to make sure that you have the strength to overcome anything. It is about taking boldness and courage from the emperor, and your journey shall have no bounds.

The Emperor As Yes Or No

The Emperor in a Yes Or No reading draws a duality that many people find difficult to comprehend. In one aspect, a dichotomy of decisions holds weight - and this is the path of 'Yes', or plunge down into darkness of 'No'? Even so, despite all the complexity, a ray of light shines through: despite its formidable appearance, all roads lead to the same place, and ultimately, decision-making depends on courage. Life often comes down to choices, not just for ourselves but also for those around us - so in a Yes Or No reading he is saying follow your heart with bravery and grace. 

The Emperor As A Person

The Emperor as a person is a gentle soul, wise and kind with a vast knowledge. A leader of great strength and ability, the Emperor had a strong sense of justice and fairness that he applied equally to all. His words were measured, succinct, and inspiring towards those in need. Through compassion and understanding, he viewed the world. It was the Emperor's individualism and commitment to rule by consensus rather than decree that made him unique among rulers. 

The Emperor In the Past Position

In my tarot card above, you can see the emperor embodies great power and radiates strength. His throne is elevated above the masses and his word became law. Every day he sits on top of the throne, surveying the land he dominates over with a gaze that would both humble. Such were the days that an emperor held reign in this ancient past; before modern society whittled such grandeur down to hardly anything more than myth.

he Emperor In the Present Position

As he stands in this current position with a heavy burden of responsibility on his shoulders, it is a strange twist of events that brought the emperor to this point in history. Despite his tendency to reign over grandiose kingdoms, he now relies on the wisdom and guidance of the people to guide him. The only way we can write a future worth dreaming about is to embrace our collective history - a future where the emperor's presence is welcomed and revered as it was centuries ago. Even though we may never know how he arrived here or what secrets lie beneath him, this majestic figure remains an inspiration to your life right now, showing perseverance can overcome even the greatest obstacles.

The Emperor In the Future/Outcome Position

Future worlds will be mysterious and wondrous, with the emperor at the center. His actions will resonate throughout generations, reaching out to souls. A day of darkness will never fall on the realm under his command because he will command such immense power. As a result, all will pay homage to him, thanking him for leading them along the righteous path that only emperors can tread. In the future, he will be omnipotent and justice will be swiftly delivered to those who deserve it. In this infinite universe, the emperor in the future will undoubtedly be a blessing for you going forward. It is a sign that you can overcome any obstacle with his help.

The Emperor As Friendship Or Family

The Emperor begins with a field where two friends and family are called to meet: One of a silver sky and the other of an amber sun. As you rejoice together and share your hearts, they bring forth an honor so pure and fleeting - friends become family. In the same way that brothers, daughters, sisters, and mothers bond, so does this friendship (if you draw the emperor). As they sit at the foot of the Emperor, their newfound family gives birth to dreams, hopes, and memories that will endure for all time.

Emperor Reversed

Reversed Emperor In A Reading

When the Emperor appears in a reading in the reversed position, there is a loss of control possible in your near future. Perhaps being overly structured has taken a toll on your existence and you have begun receiving injuries due to this lack of flowing energy. Consider taking some time off so that you may be able to get through the frustrating phase. Pay attention to paperwork and ensure that you have only trustworthy people around you. With the positive energies in the reversed position, the energies that would usually be of an aid to you can actually be a hindrance. You will likely find that you are being overconfident or rude and not knowing it. Especially in a professional sense – the reversed position does not bode well for work and finance. Do what you can to get your finances on track by setting up a budget that is reasonable and workable. Work hours that are conducive. Overworking, overbooking, and being overextended are often serious issues when the Emperor is reversed.

Love And Romance - Emperor Reversed

When the Emperor reversed is involved, romance can turn. As unflinching rulers float wildly in the air like dandelion seeds, they will become unpredictable like dandelion seeds. If you are fortunate enough to be touched by its presence, you know not to take it for granted; the whims of fate may bring it too soon or keep it away too long. There is no doubt that even through upheaval and chaos, there is room to fully express heartfelt emotion without holding back when it comes to love and romance with the Emperor reversed.

Family And Home - Emperor Reversed

Upheaval and change are associated with the Emperor reversed when it comes to your home life. Life seems to flow along in a manner that is certain and reliable when we are strong and steadfast, with our families and homes providing us with comfort and security; however, when the Emperor flips, new ideas flow freely like a river altering the course of our lives through unrestrained inspiration. It can be hard to grapple with life --- sometimes you may feel like you are no longer in control, but this new energy can help us realize our dreams and connect with parts of ourselves that were dormant previously. Our loved ones can provide a harbor in the midst of rough seas, helping us understand this energetic wind that blows through our lives.

Work and Finances - Emperor Reversed

Stability seems to come at a price. Our ambitions for security and prosperity can seem suddenly illusive when the Emperor is reversed. Despite our hard work, we may not be able to provide ourselves with financial comfort, and any successes we achieve will only last a short time. Despite the fact that it's sometimes difficult to accept that money cannot provide all that we need and desire, the Emperor is saying you should seek security in other aspects of our lives instead: family, friends, and even yourself. Despite financial constraints, please remember there is still much joy to be found in moments when we allow ourselves time to reflect on intrinsic values that make life worth living.

Health and Wellness - Emperor Reversed

In the moments when we feel our power is reversed, it may seem simpler to succumb to the weight of our challenges than to overcome them. In order to truly care for ourselves and reclaim our health and wellness, we must train ourselves to meet those challenges head on. Self-empowerment is possible when we eliminate the obstacles that stalemate our wellbeing. We can cultivate thriving self-care and strength through headstrong fortitude in times of unrest. Despite uncertainty and opposition, we can achieve the truest form of health and wellness.

Personal Spirituality - Emperor Reversed

An experience of personal spirituality can often be a difficult and intimidating journey, and when the Emperor Reversed appears in our tarot reading, it is a sign that this journey may initially go in the wrong direction. Traditionally, this reversed card represents stagnation, resistance, and a lack of control over one's own actions. In the end, however, this could be seen as a chance to accept things as they are rather than try to force them. As a result, spiritual awakening is more of an organic process than something that is forced. The idea that everything happens for “a reason” gives us comfort even when it seems we have no control over our destiny - we just have to trust fate to bring us where we are suppose to be.



The Death Tarot Card Meaning

The Death card is the card that fills most people with dread, fear or regret.

The Death card is probably the most dreaded and misunderstood of all the Major Arcana cards. Remember, not all deaths are literal. Death symbolizes a level of permanence that many of us have a hard time dealing with. But what this card really represents is the end of a cycle, coming to the point of making a large transition or change in your life rather than true or physical death. If the Death card is prominent in your reading you will find that there is a large amount of change coming your way and you should not fight or resist it. Death is transition; you have a higher power guiding your way that knows more than you do in this moment and that is a fact that must be accepted for the road before you to clear. Think of it as the death of the phoenix. There are aspects to your life that are ending or changing dramatically and these changes may even be exceptionally hard to deal with. Like the phoenix, these transitions in your life are leading to a glorious rebirth or something new and better. Often we like to hold on to aspects of our life even after they serve no more purpose. Now is the time to let go of that which is not aiding you or bettering your life in some way. Allow these things to fall away from your life so that you have room for new fantastic prospects that bring you joy.

Within the Tarot there is no death, only rebirth and new life and a continuing story. Death is only a small part of the story that is the Major Arcana. Consider where we started with the Fool so full of adventure and whimsy. Up to this point you have learned so much and death is not the end of the story. If Death shows up in your reading, you can expect that new growth is going to be arriving in your life and you should choose to welcome the change, not fight it. The worst part of death is the struggle of acceptance. Yet death, like birth, is completely natural. In this day and age we attach to a potential level of immortality; we like to think that we never leave this space and time. After all, we have put a lot of time and energy and money into to our lives and we don’t want that to suddenly just go away. But the Death card reminds us that it is time for you to confront your fear of the end of the chapter. Many say that Death is a journey and that ‘the only constant is change’. This is undeniably true. You must not fight death, only practice acceptance.

Keep in mind that all things come to an end, but this is not just referring to life. Our lives are filled with the different cycles of relationships, jobs, partners and experiences that are unique to your existence. New data comes in, is processed and utilized and then, spent it dies to make room for more new data. This energy is constantly being recycled. Death is life-giving transformation and it is telling you that now is the time to allow room in your life for this transition. Friendships end, people pass, jobs are lost that give way to new jobs and better experiences. Allow the waters from the river of life to wash you clean so that you might start anew. For just like weeds must die to make room for new growth, so must we all, make room for new life by letting what does not serve us pass on.

Take time to reflect on the ways in which you are resisting change in your life. If you are a person that naturally despises change or avoids it, think about the new opportunities that you are missing out on by holding on to the old. Allow the cycle to complete and be true to yourself. This is a time to embrace the new, accept the changes that are happening, and to let go. In letting go there is sometimes a sense of freedom. You deserve to experience all that life has to offer.

Death in Love

When the Death card arrives in a reading about love and relationships you can expect several things to occur depending on your situation. If you are single and looking for love, Death gives you the message that it is time for you to slough off the old parts of you that do not serve so that you can attract someone brand new by being sparkly, fresh and exciting. Death tells you that the pursuit of love now through transformation of self is an exceptionally productive step forward and you should take that advice. If you are in a relationship and you are seeking wisdom regarding your future, the Death card expresses that a change is coming that you need to be aware of. Either something is going to happen that will make you see things differently thereby changing your whole relationship, or this could also happen to your partner.

Sometimes the Death card can indicate the end of a relationship or divorce. In cases like this, it can be a frightening time indeed. If this is the case for you try to focus on why this could be happening. Usually, it will indicate that the relationship was beyond the point of repair because emotions had been too damaged or that the relationship was unhealthy. It can also indicate that the relationship is going to end as it currently is. For example, it may not be a divorce per say but the dynamics of the relationship need to change completely. In cases like this, it usually takes two exceptionally dedicated people to work on the problems of the relationship. If you are absolutely certain you want to keep this relationship and you have spent time honestly meditating about it you may want to consider a marital or relationship counselor. The issues that accompany the Death card are usually ones that include very deep hurt or trust issues and can be difficult to navigate without guidance.

Try to respond to this change with a positive spirit. Reacting negatively might only serve to sabotage. If your relationship is rocky, then the Death card is telling you that a change might be on its way and that if you want to stay together you should weigh the pros and the cons of the relationship and find out if it is really serving you and your partner, or if you are only staying together to avoid change. If avoidance is in the equation, Death tells you to call it out and bring it to light. Good conversations and productivity will come as a result of this.

Death As Action

Death indicates that the situation will not change. There is nothing that you can do it is out of your hands. Death as the main interpretation is focused on accepting a situation as it is and the door is no locked and you need to move forward to discover another way. It can also signify the end of the situation. When this card appears in advice reading it more than likely refers to a situation in your life that you need to move on from. Notice how Death, represented as a woman on this card, has her arm rested forward, almost beckoning. It symbolizes the need to leave - if you don’t your path will become dark and clouded like the sky behind the death figure. 

You’ll likely find a particular situation or relationship pops into your head when you see this card, though it may not be easy to accept, this card suggests that what you’re thinking of needs to end. It is not an ambiguous card, something must change in your life if you are to find new opportunities and let go of a negative situation. Let an old part of your life die and you will be liberated. If you refuse to move on and close the chapter, you may suffer difficulties as a consequence, this card highlights that a clean break is best.

Death Yes Or No

Death is a dramatic card - it usually relates to change, transformation, or loss. If you are looking for a yes or no answer and the Death card is drawn, you need to reflect on your question. In most circumstances, this card points towards an unwavering ‘no’ because of its strong association with the negative. However, in a very certain reading, it may point a different way. Remember, this card is primarily about leaving a part of your life behind - so keep that context in mind when interpreting the card and its meaning. In the vast majority of cases, this card represents a firm and certain ‘no’ - an answer which should be respected at all costs. 

Death Past

Seeing this card in your past position is a clear sign that you have moved on from something major. This is usually a positive position to see this card in because it refers to a change or difficult period which has already past. Of course, that does not mean moving on was easy. Indeed, this card specifically points to a dramatic, life-altering situation. The Death card regularly appears in this position for people who have had a difficult childhood, gone through a heartbreaking separation with a longterm partner, or even those who have experienced grief for a person who left their life (whether literally or emotionally). It may be painful to remember or reflect on these events, but you should be assured by the certainty and conviction of this card - you have moved on and these past events have laid a solid basis for your present life. 

Death Present 

When the Death card appears in relation to your present situation it likely refers to a period of great upheaval. As already touched upon, it is important not to panic. Except in rare circumstances where the Death card is regularly appearing, it is unlikely to indicate an actual, physical death. Instead, it is the death of something which makes up a major part of your life as you know it. It could be your job, a friendship, a relationship, even your home. This is a time to batten down the hatches, the change incoming is usually for the best, but sometimes it can be something unplanned or unsettling (such as loss or theft). Whatever the case, resistance is futile when it comes to the Death card, it is inevitable and certain (as is the nature of death). Your best course of action is acceptance and nonresistance, stay strong, you will come out the other end. 

Death Future and Outcome

Of course, death is in all of our futures - but that’s rarely what it is pointing to when drawn in the future position. Instead, it is a suggestion of something in much closer proximity. Change is definitely on its way. If a relationship in your life is beginning to show signs of toxicity or a part of your day-to-day life is turning stale, these areas are likely to be purged or transmuted later on. Generally, there is little you can do if this refers to a troubled relationship - it will run its course and end, as this card suggests it should. However, in more changeable scenarios - for example, in business or finance - it might be worth reviewing your situation to see if there is any action that can be taken on your part to ensure security for any upcoming challenges.

Death As Relationship Outcome

I’m sorry but this sometimes means the end of the relationship. When I have carried out readings for myself and the Death card appears I know it is the end or something major will happen. I know that it may hurt to think that right now but it is what the universe is trying to tell you. Death is about cycles and for some reason the two of you are not supposed to be together right now. Sometimes Death can mean that someone wants to change the relationship profoundly rather than this actually ending. The Death card sometimes indicates a transformation, it could be a major personal transformation if reversed. Such as losing weight or taking on a new career that will affect the relationship. 

Death Love Reconciliation

When the Death card presents itself in a love and reconciliation spread it is abundantly clear that your romantic life is in need of transformation. Relationships can die before the people in the partnership actually realize this has happened. 

Generally, this occurs in longterm or committed relationships, are you staying with your partner for the sake of your children? Are you financially dependent on them? Do you have a happy past that has long since faded? Whatever the situation, the force keeping you connected has become stale and is ultimately causing unhappiness. Like the figure of death presented on this card, you are dressed in a rich tapestry of experiences - remember that setting yourself free and starting a new chapter isn’t about removing your history, just moving on from it. 

In very niche circumstances, this card may be a sign that your relationship needs to mature and develop, rather than end altogether. This may be the case if an unhappy chapter has befallen your partnership. It will take effort from both parties to reinspire passion and heal past wounds. 

For those who are single, this card still carries a heavy meaning - the exact interpretation depends on your own, personal life at present. If you have been living through a dearth of romantic connections, then this is about to change dramatically. Conversely, if you have been playing the field and having one whirlwind relationship after another, this card may suggest it is time to find something or someone to commit to (whether that be a new person or yourself).

Death As Feelings

It can be disconcerting to see the Death card when trying to understand how another person feels about you, but this card is not always a bad sign. In fact, if the person in question has shown indifference towards you in the past then know that they are likely experiencing new, strong feelings for you now. Of course, if you already have an established relationship with this person then the outcome may not be so positive. It can indicate boredom or that this other person takes you for granted, your presence is simply inevitable in their life. If this is the case, you, of course, have the right to seek more gratitude - but tread carefully, the Death card rarely changes its nature. 

Death As Friendship

The Death card is usually drawn in a friendship reading when distance or separation is about to occur in the future. This is often in a physical sense, perhaps a friend is moving to a new location or going traveling. It doesn’t always mean that your emotional intimacy will wain, just that your actual nearness to one another will come to an end for now. Of course, the person moving could also be yourself. If that is the case, the same ideas apply - though if your friends have not yet been informed of this decision, you can expect some possible hurt of misunderstanding on their part. Try and remember that this comes from their attachment to you, but also avoid wasting huge amounts of energy on unreasonable people. 

If your friendships are not currently undergoing any change in physical distance, then this card more than likely suggests the end of a toxic relationship. Perhaps you are a loyal person who dislikes letting go of friends, even ones who are draining your mental and emotional energy. This card is telling you it really is time to move on. Sometimes there’s nothing more you can do for a person, and the only way they’ll find redemption is to look within themselves. 

Death in Health

There are many who fear the Death card when it arrives in a Health reading. They think automatically that that means they or someone they love are going to die. But as we have established, that is not the case in all circumstances. Perhaps in rare occasions when Death comes up it does mean the loosening of the mortal coil from this life experience, but more often than not Death is trying to tell you that a change must happen and that this change is natural. So if you or someone you love is having an issue of health, Death explains that the change is coming but that you can control which side it goes. For example, by changing your entire thought process about healing from an injury or recovering from a disease you can inherently control the progress that you make. If you desire to feel well, your entire body and senses must be focused on that healing in order for that to change. Another way that Death influences health is Death describes the end of a disease, or in applicable circumstances: the removal of growths or of physical pains. No matter what happens, what you know now versus what you will know six months from now will be entirely different circumstances. Do not get stuck believing that the way life is now is how it is always going to be. Make positive changes to better your life experience.

Death in Work and Wealth

Death in matters of wealth and work is integral to business strategies. For example if you are trying to start up a business with a friend, but your old job is taking up most of your time, Death would tell you that the change is necessary and so you would want to spend more of your time perpetuating the new business. Death in business and wealth tells us that the way that we spend our money, the way that we spend our time, all is subjected to the constant of change and one should never get too attached to one thing and one thing only. The concept of not putting all of your eggs into one basket becomes very important when Death influences your business.

Death reversed tarot card

Reversed Death in a Reading

The Death card makes an appearance in the reversed position when one is depending too much on old habits and routines that are not encouraging a level of physical emotional or spiritual growth. Part of the reason that change is so necessary is that new environments encourage new stimulate which provides creates in us the ability to flourish in a vibrant and lush atmosphere. We must join the rock tumbler so that we may become more smooth and shiny. Create a new space for opportunities to connect with you in your life.

Death Reversed - Love and Romance

When you see the Death card reversed in a love spread it usually indicates that you are on the brink of positive change, but you are getting in your own way with feelings of uncertainty that are preventing this transformation from taking place. While seeing the Death card upright points to a need to move on, reversed it suggests that resistance to change is coming from within. 

More often than not, in a romance reading, this card appears reversed because you are holding onto an unhealthy relationship. Do not allow your fear or feelings of loneliness to keep you in a bad relationship, it will only cause you more pain in the long run. 

For those who are single, this card reversed is a sign you need to learn from your past. It is easy to fall into bad habits in prospect relationships, but you need a new dynamic if you are to really find true love. Honestly evaluate your approach to romance and try and understand what needs to change within yourself, you can then begin to establish a healthier love life. 

Death reversed - Family and Home

In a family and home reading, the appearance of the Death card reversed is a loud and firm signal that something is not right. Because this card has been drawn reversed it adds an extra layer to the reading, you are likely experiencing familial tension which is driving a wedge between you and loved ones. It is likely that this strain relates to a difficult history or unhealed wounds, someone in the family cannot move past this scenario - maybe it’s you, maybe it’s someone else. 

Either way, something’s got to give. Depicted on this card (upright) is death facing forward, confidently, and with determination - she is not frightened by the mist behind her, and her fated destiny is symbolized in the constellations overhead. When it is reversed, it signals the opposite - a determination to linger or avoid the reality of the present, to be taken over by the mist. 

Communication and respect will be integral in moving on from the difficulties currently at play in the family dynamic and the home. Acknowledging past problems is fine, but dwelling on them only stops wounds from healing. 

Death Reversed - Work and Finances

Seeing the Death card reversed in regards to your work and financial situation, points to stagnation and lack of satisfaction. You are likely not happy in your career, yet you aren’t doing anything to change it. Comfort zones are easy to get stuck in, but sometimes we need to break out of routine in order to improve prospects and chances of happiness. 

Have you been continually overlooked for a raise or promotion at work? If so, now is the time to stop being timid, and start speaking out. If it is your job itself which has become stressful or uninspiring, it may be time to set your sights on new horizons. Remember, toxic work cultures seldom change - you may want to fight to make your workplace fairer, but if you haven’t had success so far, this reversed card is a sign that you should cut your losses and move on. Do not resist transformation, it is a way to lighten your burden and make the way forward clearer and brighter. 

Death Reversed - Health and Wellness

The presence of the reversed Death card when looking for signs about health and wellness is usually a signal of some medical trouble. As the card is reversed, it refers to a continual struggle - a health problem that is chronic or slow-burning. 

It is very likely you’re already aware of this illness or health problem as its nature is ongoing, rather than sudden. It can also suggest that you are in recovery, but that the process is slow and wearying. The important thing here is to stay positive and focus on endurance, you may need to weather this storm, but your ultimate recovery will be repaid in a newfound strength and self-respect. 

In rare cases, this reversed card can appear when someone has begun to self-identify with a longterm illness. In this case, the Death card reversed is a warning sign - allowing yourself to become used to the role of “the patient” may make overcoming your illness an impossibility.

Death Reversed - Personal Spirituality

The reversed Death card in a spirituality reading points to an inner journey that has stagnated. Your spiritual progress has become stunted and you either can’t or won’t get back on track. For those with psychic abilities, this reversed card indicates resistance to your powers and natural abilities. Or perhaps you have been feeling too tired or despondent to invest energy into your own development. 

Be aware that this situation will not improve on its own. You may have become infantilized by the material world and all that’s going on in your life situation. Focus on inner transformation and devote time to your spiritual quest. Enlightenment is worth working hard for and will bear far greater fruits than laziness, but only if you are willing to put in the time. 

Upright Death Tarot Card Meaning in Keywords

  • Transition
  • Transformation
  • Major change
  • Endings
  • Letting go
  • Rejuvenation

Reversed Death Tarot Card Meaning in Keywords

  • Inner change / growth
  • New Traits
  • Improvement
  • Progress
  • Exploration

The King of Cups


The King of Cups Tarot Card Meaning

The King of Cups is like the King of Cool.

He is a great card in a reading when you are seeking ways to express yourself emotionally or having to accept aspects (or people) in your life that you would rather not. With the King of Cups in your reading you can know that while there may be a lot going on in your life and you are likely to find that not everything is going you way… what will be will be. Pay special attention in your life to the areas that are demanding a lot of attention from you. Focus on those aspects and think about the ways in which you can work smart rather than working hard. The energy from the King of Cups is really great at helping you to keep your composure, maintain balance in your life, and when you have a need for patience.

The King of Cups sits upon his throne and he knows that he is where he is by his own works. Like other Kings in the deck, he is at a place where he has mastered his own element. The element of water covers all things emotional and spiritual. The King of Cups is the guy you turn to when you need problem-solving skills and works well under pressure. The focus in your life right now should not be what you can do, but rather what do you feel.

Having this card show up in your reading can show that there are aspects of your life where you need to weight out the pros and cons of the situation. Before you take a leap forward you want to really listen to your intuitions and only then, act accordingly. Even if you feel that things are mellow right now, be prepared for a challenge headed your way that will throw you off balance. You have a warning now and you should be able to deal with the challenge head on as long as you maintain your composure and understand that no matter how big the challenge is, you are strong and smart enough to overcome it. There is no need to feel overwhelmed; everything is as it should be. Seek your inner Yoda. The card can also represent a male that is older than you. He will likely be bald or have graying hair. This person usually comes to you in the form of a wise counsel or something that you can trust has your best interest at heart. Keep the voice of this person close to you.

The King of Cups in Love

The King of Cups in love is an excellent card as it shows all good things regarding emotional spirituality. If in a relationship, it often represents the peak time in a relationship where you and your partner are working together, bickering is to a minimal, and things seem to be going your way. Often it will indicate getting fulfillment from your partner and being taken care of in emotional aspects. Often this card will come up when you need a shoulder to lean on while dealing with a stressful period. This card shows you that there is someone around you that can empathize or understand. It’s okay to open up emotionally at this time. In fact, you likely need to. As a warning card, the King of Wands can represent the need to do so.

When looking for love the King of Cups card can be descriptive in showing the qualities of someone coming your way in a relationship. It is a male card; however it doesn’t mean that if you are a man that another man is coming. Rather, in that situation it will refer to the aspects of yourself that you need to focus on. If you are a woman looking though it will indicate a water sign – Cancer, Pisces, or Scorpio that is coming to your life or already around you now. This person is likely older than you, but not always. It’s less about age and more about maturity. This will usually be a person that has been tried emotionally and sometimes he can come off as cool or even a bit shy. He is a person secure in his own emotions and isn’t likely to be flashy or outgoing per say. The King of Cups is a person who typically has a great sense of humor and can be a little silly once you get to know him.

The King of Cups in Health

A good sign for health, the King of Cups indicates that there is a good mindset around you regarding health. Emotionally there is a positive attitude regarding health and therefore even ailments or physical illness is usually on its way up. It’s a great sign also for healing after illness or surgery. There is hope when this card is present.

The King of Cups in Work and Wealth

The King of Wands is less concerned with work and wealth than the King of other suits. When he shows up in your reading it can be an indication that you are not focusing on your finances properly or that you should stop focusing on them too much. Often when the King of Cups comes up in a financial reading it indicates that you aren’t in a good place to be dealing with your finances as you can be too idealistic, hopeful, or immature with your funds right now.

At the workplace the King of Cups gets along great with co-workers and shines in areas like networking and grievances. He is astute at dealing with adversity and can bring a level head to a heated situation. It’s likely that there is a fire that needs to be put out and the way to do this is to have a direction that is blameless and positive. Whatever is done is done and there is no going back and getting a do-over in this situation. Rather the King of Cups tells you to focus on moving forward, rather than focusing on the past.

King of Cups Advice

Drawing the King of Cups generally signals good things, the King is a master of his emotions and knows how to use his power to harness his creativity. You likely feel in control of your feelings and at peace with the emotions that wash over you. The advice here is to retain your strength, like the King depicted on this card, you must remain composed. That may mean you need to distinguish and keep to your own personal boundaries and trust your instincts. 

Notice how the king remains acting bold stood upright, undisturbed by the lion next to him and the activity behind him, you too must stay consistent. Do not be tempted away from your serenity by the external chaos of daily life. Like the King who can see the fish jumping out of the water and the ship sailing away behind him, you will still witness the emotional and material elements of life play out, but you will rise above them. 

The King of Cups in an advice reading is ultimately a sign of balance. It is an indication that you have the knowledge and ability to achieve what you’re looking for. You should continue to use your wisdom to make the best decisions while staying true to your own moral compass. Life can throw up difficult situations, but if you continue you as you are, nothing will lead you astray. Trust in your own stability and power and your emotional contentment will continue to thrive. 

King of Cups Yes Or No

When drawing the King of Cups in looking for a ‘yes or no’ answer, it is important that the reader is able to detect their instinctive feeling. The King of Cups is a powerful and authoritative figure; he is both decisive and wise. More than anything, this card suggests the power of your intuition. The King of Cups does not point clearly to yes or no, and instead tells you trust in your own instincts. Like the King, you have the balance and wisdom to make your own decision. Trust in your gut feeling and the answer will be obvious - just remember not to lessen your clarity by mulling things over too much, be decisive and fair. 

King of Cups Past

For the King of Cups tarot card to appear in the past may suggest you should reflect on your recent history and any difficult situations you have overcome, whether that be on your own or with the help of a caring figure. Either way, it is referring to something which helped you find balance within yourself and subsequently led you to where you are today. Whatever the source, the impact is still affecting you positively in the present.

Perhaps you exercised maturity, wisdom, or even power, in handling a past situation - this might refer to the ending of a negative relationship or event. Sometimes people see this card if they experienced a difficult childhood or endured a bad relationship. If you can think of a wise, calming figure from your recent history then the King of Cups may be hinting that you should try and live by their example - they gave you balance in the past, and you can sustain that in the present, too.

King of Cups Present 

When the King of Cups is drawn in tarot spreads in the present it may indicate a few different things. Perhaps you are currently faced with a difficult decision or predicament. There is a lot going on in your life, as is depicted on the card, you can see the expansive sea, fish jumping out of water and the ship sailing away - but the King remains certain and poised in his throne, he holds a chalice and scepter showing his power and balance. Take inspiration from the kings symbolism, make measured, cool-headed decisions. Don’t be thrown off by what is happening around you and instead stay focussed on what’s important.

Alternatively, the King of Cups may refer to something external to yourself. You may be about to encounter a person who will be able to help you achieve balance within yourself and in your life on the whole. Look out for individuals who are authoritative but fair, heed their advice and learn from their example. With their help and influence you will find that your hopes and plans can come to fruition. 

All in all, the King of Cups in the present position is a signifier of victory over chaos. It suggests, no matter the seeming enormity of your present situation, ruling with a kind and responsible disposition will see you through.

King of Cups Future and Outcome

When the King of Cups appears in a reading relating to the future and outcome position it should be taken as a very reassuring sign. Regardless of the readings in your past and present position, the King of Cups points to upcoming resolution.

In the future seeing the King of Cups can indicate that you will be guided by a calm and wise entity; this may come in many forms, it may be a lover, mentor, an experience, or even a personal journey you make on your own. If things feel difficult in the present moment, take comfort in the fact that all will soon be well. Like the king piously seated and peaceful in his throne, you will overcome difficulties with grace and decorum, either independently or with the aid of an outside source (which you must trust and follow). This will be rewarded with serene inner peace. 

King of Cups Love Reconciliation

There are few cards as reassuring as the King of Cups in a love and reconciliation reading. If you are in a relationship, seeing the King of Cups indicates contentment and happiness. This card sometimes appears before a major relationship step such as marriage, children, or moving in together - it signals that you and your partner are in harmony with each other and ready to lay a foundation for a happy romantic life going forward. 

Whatever the situation, you can trust that the love you share with your significant other is sincere and fully reciprocated - there is a very good chance you have found your life partner. Remember to keep your mind in the moment and avoid dwelling on past issues. If you’ve recently reconciled with a partner then the King of Cups is a clear sign you made the right decision in reuniting. 

The King of Cups is also a very promising card to draw in a love reading if you are single. If you are dating and looking for love then you’ll be excited to hear a new romance is just around the corner. This person is likely going to be very special to you and is bound to have a positive impact on your life. Remember to keep your heart and mind open, and the one for you is sure to find their way into your life. 

King of Cups As Feelings

Drawing the King of Cups in relation to how somebody else feels about you signifies a positive, stable relationship. This is a good card for love feelings, if you are looking for reassurance about this person’s feelings for you, then this card brings comfort. The person you are thinking of is confident in their admiration of you, it can even signal a marriage proposal. 

Whatever your relationship to this person, they feel that you are trustworthy and gracious. This card speaks volumes about the strength of a partnership and if there is a romantic element to your relationship with this person, it may even signify that you may move beyond just friends in the future and that you have found your soul mate.

King of Cups As Friendship

The King of Cups is a good card to see in a friendship spread. Have you recently met some new people or reconnected with old friends? If so, expect good things to come. You will likely find yourself drawn to a kind but authoritative person, someone who may seem to be the ‘leader’ of the friendship group. They will play a very important role in your life going forward - you will find their sage advice and emotionally mature manner very grounding. Learn from their confidence and level headedness, you have a great friendship ahead of you. 

The King of Cups doesn’t always relate to new friendships, either, it may be pointing to a change in your existing group of friends. If this is the case, it may be the case that you will be the person to take on the leadership role. You have a great deal of wisdom to share and an objective and fair sense of morality. If this sounds like you, be prepared to be giving out more advice than ever before going forward. Make sure you use your calming presence to keep the peace within your friendship group and avoid any gossip or pettiness between you and others.

The King Of Cups Tarot Card Reversed


Reversed King of Cups in a reading

The King of Cups reversed is a negative aspect of one being too emotional. While it can represent a person who is normally calm and collected being over emotional, it usually is worse than that. The negative representations of the reversed position are being irritable, moody, sullen, or extremely withdrawn. Just like the King of Cups is fully in control of his emotions, the reversed position is just the opposite. It is usually a sign that you need to seek balance emotionally and spiritually and a sign that you are overreacting to a situation or person in your life. You must find your inner quiet and reign in your emotions to get what you want out of a situation. 

King of Cups Reversed - Love and Romance

Seeing the King of Cups reversed in a love and romance reading can be troubling. If you are in a relationship it suggests there is something amiss, you and your partner are likely going through communication issues and feeling confused as a consequence. 

It may also be a sign of turbulence, perhaps things switch from moment to moment, some days good some days bad. When the King Of Cups appears reversed, the card can represent a clear cautionary sign, tread carefully, you don’t want to let a bad mood one day sabotage the entire relationship. This card doesn’t have to mean the end of romance, instead, it suggests that you seek stability. It’s likely a good idea to set some boundaries around personal space, spend some time cooling off and working out a clear, practical way to communicate.   

If you’re single, now is probably not the best time to look for love. The King of Cups reversed projects possible chaos and even emotional turmoil. Perhaps you have had a difficult breakup or are dealing with some personal issues. Either way, the best thing for you right now is to focus on yourself and your own wellbeing. When you have restored your own sense of inner peace you can turn your mind back to prospective relationships.

King of Cups reversed - Family and Home

Reversed, this card can signify difficulties within the domestic space. The family unit may have been shaken by a difficult event or the behaviour of a particular individual. This card signifies a time for reflection, work out what your priorities are as a family and come together to overcome this difficult period. The reversed King points to a loss of control, to try and counter this you should be confident instead. It’s clear that a steady hand is needed in this situation. Try and manifest the power of the King of Cups when drawn upright, fairness paired with authority. 

King of Cups Reversed - Work and Finances

Seeing the King of Cups in relation to work and finances usually points to a precarious period of instability. You may be experiencing this in a number of ways - whether it’s a loss of love for your career or a financially trying time, you are feeling deflated and maybe even out of control. If you’re still getting a steady paycheck each month then the King of Cups reversed should prompt you to consider your sense of job satisfaction, has your job become stale or boring? Or perhaps you, personally, are struggling with a lack of inspiration and vigor. Seeing the King of Cups reversed in a financial reading is a sign you should seek balance. Take a long, hard look at your career and be honest with yourself, maybe the problem is your situation but it may also lie in your outlook. Whichever it is, believe in your own power to change it for the better.

King of Cups Reversed - Health and Wellness

Seeing the King of Cups reversed in a health and wellness reading can cause concern to those who know this reversed card association with instability. But do not panic, when related to health issues, the King of Cups reversed is a signal that you should trust health care professionals. It can be easy to become swept up in the age of the internet, there is so much advice to scroll through, but do not become untethered by this or anyone else who is not an expert.

Instead, stick with the advice of those who know best. If your mental wellbeing is suffering at the moment, this card could be a sign that it's time to seek support. Going it alone is a daunting task and we all need a little extra help and advice from others from time to time. Let go of the feelings of overwhelm and focus on finding professional advice and support to get you back on track. 

King of Cups Reversed - Personal Spirituality

The King of Cups Reversed in a personal spiritual reading points to a careless or haphazard approach to spiritual pursuits. You may be acting rashly or letting yourself become caught up in unimportant things. To readjust your spiritual journey it’s important to take time out to explore yourself and your actions. Remember there is no need to rush into things and that patience is a virtue. Think of your long term spiritual goals and you will find far greater fulfillment than you will seek quick wins.

Upright King of Cups meanings in keywords

  • Man over age of 40
  • Offer of love 
  • Emotionally passionate
  • Unable to let go
  • Solid love
  • Marriage proposal

Reversed King of Cups meanings in keywords

  • Calamity
  • Manipulation
  • Clarity and control
  • Depending on others
  • Flighting for passion