Daily Tarot Card

A tarot card of the day, every day of the year

the Daily Tarot Card
for June 22, 2021

How to interpret the Daily Tarot

This tarot card gives insight into the forces, people, events or spiritual states that will have significance today. The relevance of this particular tarot card may reference a general trend for the entire day, or a news event or something specific which occurs at some point within a 24 hour period.

NOTE: All tarot cards selected for Tarot of the Day are always in the upright position and do not use inverted positions. Need an inverted meaning? Check our complete tarot reference.

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The Meaning of the "King of Cups"
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The Symbolism of the King of Cups

The King of cups sits on a stone throne which appears to be floating calmly on turbulent water.

His connection to the water is shown in his pale blue cloak, and the fish pendant which hangs from his neck.

Unlike the other court cards in the Suit of Cups, the King does not look at his cup. His gaze is leveled straight ahead. In his left hand he holds a scepter, representing his power. In his right hand he holds his cup.

It is notable that the scepter symbolizing his power is held ever so slightly higher than the cup, and rests on the stone of the thone — signifying a control over his emotions.

In the background we see a fish leaping from the water on the side of the cup, and a sail boat with bright red sails, sailing on the side of his scepter.

NOTE: The scepter in the King's left hand bears a striking resemblance to Egyptian sekhem scepters which symbolized the power of the pharaohs. Typically these scepters were held in the right hand. The inversion here is intentional, implying that the King's true power comes from his cup — and creativity. Not from the might of his position.

How to Interpret the King of Cups

As with all court cards in the Tarot, the King of Cups may reference a specific person in your readings.

The King of Cups is deeply creative and intuitive, but he maintains his rule through a steadfast control over his emotions. His decisions are measured. He is influenced by insight and emotion, but never gives in to them entirely.

The King of Cups represents creative and bold decision-making. He is a perfect mix of logic and creativity, or business and artistry. The card may also represent a father figure, or a wise and gentle mentor. In business, he is someone who is fair and honest.

Take your moral cues from your heart, but remember make your decisions with logical rigor and commanding strength.

When the King of Cups does not represent a person in your readings, it serves as a reminder to master your emotions. Take your moral cues from your heart, but remember make your decisions with logical rigor and commanding strength.

The King of Cups is a positive card and carries overtones of creative thinking, honesty, and works of art.

The King of Cups Inverted

The upright King of Cups may be a master of his emotions, but the reversed King of Cups typically indicates a loss of emotional control of some kind.

While we tend to think of a 'loss of control' as an emotional outburst, it may also represent any hasty decision, an impulse purchase or something said before giving thought to the implications of saying it.

When the King of Cups appears in its inverted orientation, it's usually a reminder to think carefully before making a decision.

When the King of Cups appears in its inverted orientation, it's usually a reminder to think carefully before making a decision. Or it may reference a past decision which was made without proper forethought.

In some cases, the inverted King of Cups may represent someone who misuses the emotions of others: Playing on fears and emotional weaknesses — or abusing someone's trust. It may also reference someone in a leadership position whose authority is challenged or questioned.

NOTE: The Tarot of the Day card is intended to be read in a general sense and is not meant to address any specific questions. You can think of this card as representing a universal or widely-shared event. A daily tarot card is not the same as a card pulled individually as part of a personal reading.

So what is a daily tarot card?

We sometimes get asked "what the point" of the Daily Tarot is. After all, with our ever popular ZodiacTarot tarotscopes which are far more specific to each individual's zodiac sign, what's the less-specific "daily tarot card" for anyway?

The short answer is: We all live in the same universe. Not 12 different universes. iFate has dozens of other oracles, divination systems, horoscopes and tools for expanding personal insight. All of these tools offer unique and specific guidance. The daily tarot card isn't one of them.

The point of the daily tarot card is to unify our experience around just one important facet of foresight. It's not an Aries, Libra or Capricorn "thing". It's a humans thing. From that perspective, the daily tarot should not be taken as 'personal' guidance per se -- but as a blunt tool for understanding (or predicting) something more general.

A daily tarot card might represent:

  • A more general trend.
  • A large event.
  • An important announcement.
  • The significance of some high profile person.

What to look for in a daily tarot card

We would never suggest a 'right way' or a 'wrong way' to interpret the daily tarot card, but we do pay attention to what the cards are telling us:

When minor arcana cards appear in the daily tarot, we look for the message in more mundane, ordinary things. When major arcana cards appear in the daily tarot, they tend to speak to large, "macro" forces at work in our lives or on the world stage.

Likewise, when court cards (Pages, Knights, Queens and Kings) appear in the daily tarot, we look for the significance of a corresponding person in our day.

Needless to say, the Tarot of the Day doesn't replace more direct, user-specific readings. But since we've been pulling daily tarot cards on iFate.com since late 2007, we've always felt they add a framework for every day -- a theme which more often than not becomes apparent as our day progresses. We hope you agree.

If you have any questions about our daily tarot cards or any other iFate feature, please don't hesitate to use the "contact us" link in the footer.


A daily tarot card for your horoscope sign

iFate also draws daily tarot cards for every horoscope sign. Select your sign from the list below to see which tarot card applies to you today.

Unlike the daily tarot card, which sets a more general theme for the day, these tarot cards meld astrology with tarot and seek a shared influence for each zodiac sun-sign.

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