Four of Cups Tarot Card

Four of Cups Tarot Card
Tarot Card Meanings: Understanding the Four of Cups in a Tarot Reading

The Four of Cups signifies feelings of apathy and indifference. It often refers to the need to turn inward.

Upright Four of Swords Tarot Card Meanings in a Tarot Reading
In its upright position, the Four of Cups can refer to feelings of confusion. You may be uncertain as to which to direction you need to take. You may have feelings of boredom and disappointment. You may be withdrawing because of an overall discontentment with your life. This is the time to reevaluate your situation. It would be wise to try to rediscover the areas of your life that are working.

In some cases, the Four of Cups indicates the need to take some time to explore your next options. You may be confronted with a new situation that you are unsure about. Meditation and contemplation would serve you. Do not rush into action. Allow yourself to do some necessary soul searching.

Financially, the Four of Cups often refers to a desire to find a new career path, but lack the motivation to pursue new opportunities. The Four of Cups urges you to examine the  things that do appeal to you. You may have to let go of your resentments. Do not turn down new opportunities because you feel apathetic.

In terms of your love relationships, the Four of Pentacles sometimes indicates that there are mixed feelings about one’s relationship. There may be miscommunications, hurt feelings, and feelings of doubt. In a Tarot reading, the Four of Cups often warns one that they may be isolating themselves from their partner. This is the time to open up new dialogues. You must be willing to confront the truth with your partner. Your reluctance to openly share your feelings is causing discord within your relationship. For those who are single, your feelings of apathy may be hindering you from meeting someone new.

  • Apathy
  • Lack of motivation
  • Isolation
  • Uncertainty and doubt
  • Rejecting new opportunities
  • The need to contemplate on life choices

Reversed Four of Cups Tarot Card Meanings in a Tarot Reading
In a reversed position, the Tarot card meanings of the Four of Cups generally refer to the end of dissatisfaction.  Things are starting to look up. You may be presented with new opportunities that excite you. You feel motivated and are willing to take some initiative. After a period of apathy, you suddenly find yourself feeling satisfied. You are looking forward to things to come. You may be invited to new social events or suddenly feel as though you want to engage with others. A period of isolation has ended.

In Love Tarot, there may be a regeneration of one’s relationship. You may feel more committed to your partner. There is a new willingness to work things out.

In some Tarot readings, a reversed Four of Cups can have negative associations. In these cases, it is often associated with periods of depression and melancholy. It may be wise to seek counsel from a professional.

  • Feelings of motivation
  • Initiative
  • Socialization
  • Excitement about a new opportunity
  • Prolonged depression

To learn more about the Four of Cups and its meaning in relationships, see the Love Tarot section.

© 2010 All Rights Reserved. Images of individual tarot cards are from the Aquatic Tarot Deck created by Andreas Schröter and are used with his permission. They are for example purposes only.


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