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Tarot Cards Explained:
Four of Cups

What it can mean for your career, health, and lovelife

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The Four of Cups, often known as 'Divine Discontent', represents the times we spend too focused on what we do not have and neglect the blessings we already possess. This minor arcana card is usually linked to feelings of apathy, contemplation and dissatisfaction.


In the Rider-Waite deck, the Four of Cups card shows a man sitting beneath a tree with three cups in front of him. He seems deep in contemplation, ignoring a hand holding a fourth cup emerging from a cloud. This symbolizes the preoccupation with negativity and taking for granted the good things in life.

General Meaning

In a reading, the Four of Cups often implies that you are too wrapped up in your own world and problems. It serves as a reminder to shift your focus onto what's truly important. It indicates dissatisfaction with what you have and a desire for what you think is better.

Love and Relationships

In love readings, the Four of Cups may indicate feelings of emotional distance or dissatisfaction existing within a relationship. It can also flag the need for introspection and emotional examination. If you're single, it may suggest that you're ignoring potential romantic opportunities.

Career and Finances

When appearing in a career and finance reading, the Four of Cups usually signifies dissatisfaction with the current job or income. It's a signal for a need of change but also to appreciate and value the stability you currently have.


In terms of health, the Four of Cups suggests a need for improvement in mental health rather than physical. Its appearance indicates the possibility of feelings of melancholy, apathy or depression. It advises the querent to seek help if these feelings persist.

Spiritual Contexts

In spiritual contexts, the Four of Cups advises you to take some quiet time for meditation and introspection. It prompts a need to reconnect with yourself and your spiritual path. Solitude and purposeful withdrawal can lead to higher spiritual enlightenment.

Past, Present, and Future

As a past card, the Four of Cups could signify a period of apathy or neglect that influences the current situation. In the present position, it means dissatisfaction or feeling stuck in a rut. Drawn for the future, it suggests a period of introspection and potential personal growth.

What it means if Reversed?

When reversed, the Four of Cups suggests a change from feeling discontent to being ready and willing to accept new opportunities. It signifies a period of introspection coming to an end, and a readiness to make decisions and take action.

What it means in Yes or No Reading?

In a Yes/No reading, the Four of Cups generally indicates 'No'. The feelings of being stuck, dissatisfaction and reluctance suggest a negative or unfavorable outcome.

The Four of Cups embodies introspection, contemplation, and discontent. While it often notes dissatisfaction and apathy, it also reminds us of the importance of gratitude for what we have. Though often associated with negativity, this card can motivate you to seek change and personal growth.

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