Four of Cups Tarot Card Meaning

Four of Cups


dissatisfaction, kindness, reevaluation, redemption


new goals, ambitions, beginning

Visual Description of the Four of Cups:

In this card the cups represent new opportunities, but the young man sitting under the tree is turning his nose up at them. He is so engrossed in his own thoughts that he’s neglecting to notice what’s right in front of him. Even though the one cup is being handed to him by a hand reaching out of a cloud he cannot release the grip his thoughts have over him. The Universe is literally handing him a gift on a silver platter, but he is not satisfied and rejects it.


Divinatory Meaning of the Four of Cups:

Upright Meaning of the Four of Cups Tarot Card:

The Four of Cups is an intricate card and can go one of two ways. The querent can either realise the opportunities being handed to them by the Universe, or they can ignore this kindness and wallow in their own dissatisfaction. In order to overcome the negative indications of this card the querent will need to reevaluate their circumstances. Redemption is possible, but only if the querent wakes up to the kindness the Universe is showing them at this time.

“You are a bit depressed at the moment. You’ve run into a problem and you’re trying to figure out how to best overcome this situation. You aren’t entirely satisfied with where you are at the moment and you’re desperately looking for an answer. But what you’re failing to realise is that the answer is right in front of you. In fact the Universe is handing you a perfect opportunity on a silver platter, but for some reason you still don’t think it’s good enough. This dissatisfaction is causing you to miss out on a great deal of opportunities.

If you grab one of these opportunities that are currently staring you in the face there is a chance that you can redeem yourself. You just need to let go of your preconceived ideas of how things ought to be and start seeing things for what they are. The Universe is showing you kindness at the moment. It’s time to reevaluate your circumstances and make the best of what you have, it really isn’t all that bad!”

If the querent refuses to see the brighter side of the situation they will force themselves down a road of misery. The Universe is giving them more than one opportunity to better themselves and their life, but they need to choose to accept this kind offer.


Reversed Meaning of the Four of Cups Tarot Card:

Reversed the Four of Cups is a much lighter omen. Instead of being bogged down by their own mind the querent is open to new ideas and opportunities. They are ready to spread their arms and grab any opportunity that comes their way.

“You are ambitious and ready for a new adventure. Lucky for you the Universe is presenting you with a lot of opportunities, all you need to do is pick one and stick with it. Success is not guaranteed, and you will face challenges on the road to reaching your new goal, but your enthusiasm will ensure you make the most of this new beginning.

Be careful not to take on more than you are ready for. While this is a good time to push your limits, refrain from pushing yourself to your breaking point. Stick to one goal. While you’re ambitious at the moment your resources are still limited and you don’t want to run out of steam half way through.”

The querent should be reminded that thinking about this new opportunity is still a good idea. Following your emotions blindly can lead to a whole array of problems, therefore they should consider all their options carefully and make a considered choice.