Four of Cups Tarot Card Meanings 2017-02-13T08:59:58+00:00
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Four of Cups Tarot Card
Meanings and Keywords:


What goes up must come down.

Feeling flat and uninspired.

Being self-absorbed.

Not enjoying other people’s company.

Feeling left out.


Being dissatisfied. Being bored.


Doing something you will later regret.

Emotionally emptiness.

Lack of imagination.

Unhealthy lifestyle and cravings.

Symbolism in Four of Cups tarot card

The three cups represent the cups in three of cups, symbolising the outside world of social groups and people coming together. The man sits under the tree with his arms and legs folded symbolising a meditative state of contemplating, as well as being introverted and reserved. He takes little interest in the three of cups in front of him. A cup is being presented to him by an outstretched representing ace of cups, a new opportunity is presenting itself. The man takes no notice of the cup offered to him, symbolising emotionally apathy. The tree symbolises life and growth being still.

Four of Cups and Astrology

Moon (High Priestess) in Cancer (Chariot).

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Four of cups in a general reading

Four of cups is the card for contemplation. It often shows up when the seeker is dissatisfied about something and doesn’t fully notice what they are being offered. They are bored with what they’ve got but don’t do much to change it either. It is the card for apathy. Four of cups with the Hermit can denote you have lost interest in the outside world and are instead focusing on meditation. This can also be the case if Four of cups is next to Four of swords, but to a less extent. Four of cups tarot card sometimes shows up when someone is needing the Seeker’s help, but the Seeker might not realise until it is too late.

Four of cups in a love reading

In a love reading, Four of cups tarot card denotes the Seeker is not paying attention to what is on offer when it comes to love. They may not fully appreciate their partner, or if single they don’t see someone who is offering them love.

Four of cups in a career reading

In a career reading, Four of cups tarot card signifies complacency in work. The Seeker knows how to do their work well, but doesn’t love it enough to be really good at it. Four of cups can also mean work in administration and broadcasting. As with all the cups, Four of cups also can mean work in hospitality and counselling.

Learn what Four of cups tarot card means in the Grand Tableau. 

Personality types in Four of Cups tarot card

Four of cups tarot card denotes someone who is dissatisfied with their current situation. They never seem to get exactly what they want, and end up being in conflict with what they have and what they need. This is someone who lacks the drive and motivation to go and make themselves happy. When opportunities present themselves, they often miss them due to their lack of focus. They need to open their eyes and see the world as it actually is, not how they believe it to be. This is someone who’s life lacks magic and excitement.They often take things for granted and are often missing the point.

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Four of Cups tarot card reversed indicates the seeker has become unseated and has difficulty noticing the opportunities that are presenting themselves. Life has become so emotionally empty that the seeker can’t even imagine anything better coming along. Sometimes this card shows up reversed when the seeker needs to do more meditation and listen more to their intuition. It is time to connect with self. Four of cups tarot card reversed can also indicate unhealthy cravings and temptations.

Personality types in reversed Four of Cups tarot card

Four of cups tarot card reversed indicates someone who is irritable, crabby and unstable when under pressure. They are terrified of displeasing those around them and sacrifice their own happiness for other people’s convenience. There are often unresolved issues with the women in their life. They often suffer from too many feminine influences and are over-reacting to those around them. Four of cups reversed people need to connect with their own hearts and ask themselves what it is they really want. They need to spend some time alone until they know who they are as they too often just follow the lead of other people.

Four Of Cups Tarot Card Combinations

Some important tarot card combinations including Four of cups:

Four of cups + The Fool: Restoring joy through meditation. 

Four of cups + The Magician: Lack of substance. 

Four of cups + The High Priestess: Unable to accept an answer. 

Four of cups + The Empress: Working from home. Administration. 

Four of cups + The Emperor: Bored with a routine. 

Four of cups + The Chariot: Wanting a better life. 

Four of cups + The Hermit: Proofreading and editing. Bookkeeping. Writing. 

Four of cups + The Wheel of fortune: Feeling out-of-place. Unaware of a big opportunity. 

Four of cups + Temperance: Wanting to speed things up. 

Four of cups + The Devil: Feeling too restricted. Unhealthy choices. 

Four of cups + The Star: Needing more recognition. 

Four of cups + The World: Wanting more responsibility. Wanting to go overseas. 

Four of cups + Two of wands: Being too smart for the job you do. Wanting career change.  

Four of cups + Three of wands: Wanting a reward. Wanting more recognition. 

Four of cups + Six of wands: Wanting more popularity. 

Four of cups + Seven of wands: Needing more space. 

Four of cups + Ten of wands: Feeling unmotivated. 

Four of cups + Ace of swords: Reviewing a contract. 

Four of cups + Two of swords: Stalemate. 

Four of cups + Four of swords: Meditation. 

Four of cups + Six of swords: Wanting a sea-change. 

Four of cups + Eight of swords: Self-doubt. 

Four of cups + Page of swords: Restlessness. 

Four of cups + Ace of pentacles: Wanting more security. 

Four of cups + Three of pentacles: Wanting more job satisfaction. 

Four of cups + Five of pentacles: Needing kindness. 

Four of cups + Ten of pentacles: Missing original family. 

Four of cups + Ace of cups: Waiting for inspiration. Needing to be inspired. 

Four of cups + Two of cups: Wanting love. 

Four of cups + Three of cups: Needing more fun. 

Four of cups + Six of cups: Nostalgia. 

Four of cups + Ten of cups: Wanting a spiritual connection. 

Four of cups tarot card meanings summary

There is a need for emotional satisfaction that seems to be unavailable when the Four of cups tarot card turns up. You might find yourself chasing good times that seem to elude you. Take this time to get in touch with your inner voice and you will be restored to your natural state of joy.


  1. Pauline February 24, 2017 at 12:10 am

    Hello. I have a question, I did three-card spread and asked who is the man I’m going to marry, the man I’m going to spend my life with and pulled first the 4 of cups, 6 of swords, and lastly the king of swords? Is he going to be someone whom I fallen in love with in the past? The man who didn’t reciprocate my feelings? Or does it pertain to a surgeon or occupation related to king of swords? Thank you in advance..

  2. Angie July 28, 2017 at 8:52 am

    Hey Inger,

    I have a question about some cards I pulled regarding how to bring in more money. Right now, I’m self-employed, but money is really tight. I’m also in nursing school which complicates things a bit further…

    I did an overall spread (no positional significance) with five cards and then one overview.

    Can you help me interpret them, please?

    Overview – 7 of pentacles
    Card one – nine of wands
    Card two – wheel of fortune
    Card three – page of pentacles
    Card four – four of cups
    Card five – ace of cups (reversed)

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