The King of any suit typically indicates an actual man. On occasion, depending on the placement in a reading, a King may indicate a forcefulness of energy, but the King’s interpretation as a man is more usual. The King can indicate a woman with an abundance of masculine energy as well.
The King of Wands is a competitor and a player in every sense of the word. He loves the game, whatever the game is, and he is good at it. He is a Captain of Industry, a fierce competitor, and often a rogue. Ladies beware. Reversed, he is off his game and this may cause him to act out as an over-controlling, micro-managing jerk. Perhaps he has been ‘caught out’ at the game he’s playing.
The King of Cups is not an exuberant man but he is an understanding one. He is the Master of Emotional Control. He understands emotional motivations and has his own firmly in hand. An emotional rock, he often buffers a more volatile partner or a situation in which emotions are running too high. He makes a great listener and is above all benevolent and compassionate. When reversed, though, this King can fall into a hurt puppy depression and moping, suck the life right out of any room. He will be morose when suppressed in any way and may be prone to drink.
The King of Pentacles is THE Provider. He mows the lawn and fixes the roof and paints the nursery and brings home the bacon. He knows how to make an honest living for his loved ones. He is quiet and thoughtful, not showy, and can be easily overshadowed or taken for granted. Reversed this King withdraws when he feels over-used and under-noticed. Abuse or neglect may cause him to become downright taciturn. He doesn’t need much appreciation to keep an even keel, but he does need some.
The King of Swords is authoritative and possesses cool judgment. He is typically a long-range, big-picture thinker who acts with future goals, not immediate gratification, as his motive. He is not used to having his authority challenged and may be cutting and dismissive if questioned. In reverse, this man may abuse his authority and undermine the respect that comes with his role.