The Four of Cups tarot card shows a young man sitting on a grassy hill under a tree laden with green leaves. He sits cross-legged with his arms crossed across his chest in a posture signifying he is meditating. Contemplation is etched on his face. An arm reaching out of a cloud is offering him a chalice, while three other chalices stand upright at his feet.
Four of Cups Tarot Card Meanings- Regret, aversion, disgust, fantasies, day-dreaming, disillusion, missed opportunities, apathy, negativity, depression, nostalgia, pessimism, and yearning.
The Four of Cups tarot card is a card of contemplation. It is a description of trying to veer away from temptations by not paying attention to them but avoidance rarely implies success. Additionally, it implies not getting distracted by external influences and concentrating on goals. At this point, choices are more difficult and the good is tinged with the bad. There may be feelings of missed opportunities even though not all opportunities can be taken. In general, this card is a timely reminder that contemplation and addressing fears, worries, insecurities, and tough choices head on (rather than avoiding them) is the most beneficial behavior.
Love & Relationships- The Four of Cups tarot card shows that your focus remains in your relationships that are already part of the past. You are so caught up remembering what was or might have been that you are missing out on a lot of new opportunities for romance. Your fantasies are outweighing your reality and this is affecting your happiness. You have the strength to move on and you should. Your current relationship might be quite enjoyable but with one or two destructive areas. Are you avoiding working on those issues or telling your partner they need to be addressed? Now is the time to do so.
Money & Career- Your boredom at work is compounded by your lack of gratitude at the stability and opportunities you do have. You’re feeling envious of what your co-workers are achieving in terms of financial stability. Your feelings of jealousy take so much of your attention that you’ve overlooked many positive aspects of your life and your career. This can come across to your boss and coworkers as ungrateful and disinterested, which you are not. This also includes losing opportunities that are perfect for you because you’re too busy focusing on what is going on in other people’s lives.
Health & Wellness- In regards to personal health this tarot card shows the possibility of being disappointed, frustrated, weary, depressed, and confined. Not such good things when you’re confronting an illness, a surgery, or a health plan. But remember the Four of Cups is about balancing the good and the bad to your ultimate benefit. Are you disappointed your doctor isn’t listening to you? Find a new doctor who will. That mole looks really suspicious but you don’t think you can handle the bad news. You can, and it most likely won’t be bad news. In general, avoiding the things that make you uncomfortable are not doing you any favors especially related to health issues.
Spirituality- You’ve been wandering off your spiritual path lately due to trying to avoid negativity which is weighing you down. Facing these negative thoughts (“I’ll never be good at meditating”, “I don’t have enough faith”, “my prayers are never answered”, etc.) and understanding where they stem from will reignite your passion for enlightenment and personal growth. If you have a trusted mentor now is the time to ask them for help.
Four of Cups Tarot Card Meanings Reversed- Seizing opportunities, novelty, enthusiasm, positive outlook, gratitude, no regrets, new relations, motivation, inspiration, progress and self-awareness.
The reversed Four of Cups tarot card manifests as positive news, or at least more positive than negative. It symbolizes that you have regained motivation and it will help you move forward in life and toward your goals. You are inspired to chase your dreams and by working hard and letting go of your “what ifs” you’ll realize greater success and contentment than you imagined. It can also present you with the opportunity to look at old problems through a new perspective. Don’t miss the main thrust of this card, though- contemplation and reflection. Solidifying what is important to you is more important that how you choose to achieve that goal, so take some time to confront the struggles you are facing.
Love & Relationships- In terms of love the Four of Cups when upside down indicates a fresh start. You are no longer wallowing in tears due to past relationships and are now ready to face the rest of your life. Consider it overcoming a shadow from the past and living a brighter and happier life with a new love interest. You discovered that you deserved to be happy and decided to let go of the past, or your are currently in this process. Chin up because good things are coming your way in love.
Money & Career- Your motivation and inspiration will help you deal with the changes you must make to improve your position at work or your personal finances. It took some time, and some deep reflection to make these decisions, but you will reap the rewards for your hard work. Unfortunately, the opportunities you failed to recognize will not bounce back but you will not miss the new ones coming towards you. Take comfort in that and remind yourself that you can’t take every opportunity but that’s ok. There is always a new one right around the corner if you are willing to see it. Your financial condition is stable and money is not a problem for you these days. If you’re an investor take a moment to look at investment problems from a new perspective or to consider new types of investment.
Health & Wellness- With respect to health, in its reverse position, the Four of Cups tarot card gives you feelings of being re-energized and having a refreshed physical condition. Your health issues are about to be resolved and will no longer stop you from realizing your dreams. This card holds positivity even when inverted but it will be tinged with some reality. The reality may be that you have a chronic condition. The positivity is that doctors know how to manage it so you can live a long and fulfilling life.
Spirituality- With this reversed card answering a spiritual question it indicates your need to break free. While you’ve been prone to remorse and regrets in the past you are now embracing that sometimes bad things happen, or bad emotions come up, but that is not the end of the story. By loving yourself and allowing yourself space to feel these uncomfortable things you’re pushing through and breaking into the other side. Here’s where the next step of your spiritual journey begins, with you as a more introspective and self-aware person.
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