Four of Cups Tarot Card Meanings & Combinations
Water, female, passive energy - emotions
Keywords and Phrases:
Apathy, boredom, discontent, indifference.
Four of Cups Tarot Card Meanings
The image in the Gilded Tarot shows a well-dressed youth surrounded by lush countryside with three golden upright cups by his side. From outward appearances he appears to be in a good position yet seems disinterested in the fourth cup being offered to him from the heavens.
The Four of Cups is like the Monday morning feeling, nothing’s really wrong but nothing feels right either, like walking around under a cloud. The structure and stability found in the four becomes stale in Cups.
This card can indicate boredom and discontent, generally feeling weary, fed-up, or disinterested in events going on around you. The Four of Cups reveals a mood of dissatisfaction but it can also be a warning not to look a proverbial gift horse in the mouth, so be careful you don’t dismiss something out of hand or miss an opportunity due to apathy. The Four of Cups may leave you feeling uninspired!
If reversed or ill-dignified, it may bring fresh possibility, a break in the clouds, renewed enthusiasm.
Similar or supporting cards: The Hermit and Four of Swords (withdrawal) Hanging Man (life in limbo)
Opposing or contradictory cards: The Star (hope) The Sun (happiness and contentment) Three of Cups (joyful) Ace of Wands (excitement and passion for something new)
Four of Cups Tarot Card Combinations:
In a simple line or following other cards it can show dissatisfaction with the card that precedes it and tends to dampen the mood - something to watch for if it follows positive cards, often meaning something isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. However, if positive cards follow it can represent a breakthrough. If all other indications are good with lovely cards surrounding it can sometimes warn of not appreciating fortunate circumstances.
Ace of Cups > Four of Cups: may become disenchanted with a new relationship quite quickly.
Two of Cups > Four of Cups: bored or dissatisfied with a relationship, stale emotions.
Three of Cups > Four of Cups: (party pooper) boring event or one you don’t enjoy and didn’t wish to attend, a let down, party loses its fizz
Nine of Cups > Four of Cups: be careful what you wish for, not happy with something once you get it, not all you dreamed it would be.
The Sun > Four of Cups: may not appreciate the blessings that surround you – in opposite order, complete turnaround.
Four of Swords > Four of Cups > The Hermit: feeling out of sorts and withdrawal, wrapped up in your own world. Also…
>The Moon > Eight of Swords: downward spiral, becoming locked-in, perhaps time to talk to someone or take action to avoid things escalating (The Devil and/or Nine of Swords may also feature).
> Wheel of Fortune: don’t miss this opportunity (in a line of three we’d be looking for another positive card following the Wheel).
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