Four of Cups Tarot Card Meanings

Pamela Colman Smith, 1909

Four of Cups Keywords: Dissatisfaction, Contemplation, Reflection

Four of Cups Tarot Card Description

A man sits under a treewith his arms and legs crossed. He’s looking down and not taking any notice of the world around him. There are three upright goblets on the grass before him. From a solitary cloud in the clear blue sky, a hand reaches out and offers a fourth goblet to the man.

What The Four of Cups Means In A Tarot Reading

You’re taking a time-out when the Four of Cups appears in a Tarot reading. You’re unhappy with your situation. You thought things would be different and now you’re dissatisfied with how they’ve worked out. There has been success (as represented by the three cups before the man), but it hasn’t made you happy, even though you probably thought it would.

You may also be bored with your situation. Nothing has gone wrong for you really, but you’re fed up with the humdrum of your life at the moment. You’ve lost your enthusiasm.

This is a time for internal reflection and personal re-evaluation. Take a step back and reconsider your options. Opportunities are being offered to you. You just need to decide which way to go next.

While you’re reflecting on and re-evaluating your situation, you’re ignoring new offers and opportunities. Nothing catches your interest. This kind of withdrawal from the world is often necessary and can give you the space to recuperate and recover your drive and zest for life. Take the time you need to do this. Be aware, however, that eventually you’ll need to look up and look outside of yourself. You don’t want to miss an opportunity that’s the right fit for you. Learn to set boundaries, while also engaging with the world around you.

Four of Cups Love And Relationships Tarot Meaning

The Four of Cups is a card of solitude. You need time alone to reflect on your situation. It may be that you’ve just come out of a relationship. If so, take some time to yourself. Reassess what you want from a relationship. There are plenty of opportunities for you to find new love in your life. When you’re ready, open yourself up to the world around you again and take those opportunities. This time alone is temporary.

If you’re in a relationship already, then the Four of Cups can indicate that you’re bored or dissatisfied with it. You need some time alone to recharge and reassess. This doesn’t mean that you’ll break up with your partner, but you do need to spend some time with your thoughts. Look inward and rediscover what it is you want from a relationship.

If you’re single, then this isn’t a good time for you to get involved with someone new. You need solitude and quiet; time to reconnect with yourself. Spend time on self-care. Rekindle your relationship with you. You have good friends and people who love you in your life, but you’ve lost sight of that for now. Soon you’ll be ready to reconnect with others and there’s every reason to believe that, when you’re ready, you’ll find that a new love interest enters your life.

Four of Cups Career Tarot Meaning

Work isn’t exciting you right now. You’re more bored than you thought possible and it’s affecting your performance. This job isn’t working out like you thought it would. You’ve done well, but it’s not what you thought it would be. You believed it would be satisfying, but it isn’t.

Spend some time reflecting on this. You need to work out the direction you want to take in your career. There are opportunities available to you. Eventually you’ll need to start engaging again with the world around you and you’ll need to decide whether or not you want to go for one of these new opportunities. There’s no time limit here as such, but, as with anything in life, it never does any good to ruminate and procrastinate endlessly. Trust your gut on this. Take the time you need for inner reflection. You’ll know when it’s time to start looking outside of yourself again. If you choose not to act, even though your intuition is telling you to, then you might miss out on something that’s a good fit for you.

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