Four of Cups Tarot Card Meanings

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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.

Ignoring someone or something.

Unhealthy lifestyle and cravings.

Four of cups tarot card meanings upright

Four of cups tarot card meanings in a general reading

Four of cups tarot card 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. 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 the Vision Quest

The cup being presented to him by an outstretched hand is his soul, who is inviting him to go on the vision quest. Four of cups is the beginning of a new quest. The last began in Ace of cups and ended in Three of cups. This time, the quest goes on until Ten of cups. 

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. On a deeper level, this card can indicate that the Seeker must develop a closer relationship to themselves in order for them to appreciate their relationships.

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 counseling.

Four of cups as feelings

Four of cups speaks of feeling impatient and dissatisfied with the status quo. The seeker could feel a bit flat and uninspired. This card can mean the Seeker feels disconnected to themselves.  This card often shows up when the Seeker is overwhelmed with an emotional issue that keeps them from properly seeing those around them.

Four of Cups as Personality types

Four of cups as a person denotes 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 want. They need to open their eyes and see the world as it actually is, not how they believe it to be. Four of cups often know there is much more to life than what they are currently experiencing. There is often a rich spiritual life available to them as long as they will take the time to look within.

Four of cups tarot card meanings reversed

Four of Cups tarot card reversed indicates the seeker has become unseated and has difficulty noticing the opportunities that are presenting themselves. Life could feel emotionally empty right now. 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.

Four of Cups reversed Personality types

The reversed meanings of the tarot cards often speaks of the Seeker acting out due to being under a lot of stress. This can bring out the shadow aspect of the person. 

Four of cups reversed as a person can indicate someone who is irritable. They need to listen more to what their hearts are telling them. Four of cups reversed people often find it easier to follow others than to look within themselves.

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.

Four Of Cups Tarot Card Combinations

Some important tarot card combinations including Four of cups:

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

4 of cups + The Magician: Lack of substance. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4 of cups + The Star: Needing more recognition. 

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

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

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

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

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

4 of cups + Ten of wands: Feeling unmotivated. 

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

4 of cups + Two of swords: Stalemate. 

4 of cups + Four of swords: Meditation. 

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

4 of cups + Page of swords: Restlessness. 

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

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

4 of cups + Five of pentacles: Needing kindness. 

4 of cups + Ten of pentacles: Working on trust issues. They could need more connections from their family. 

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

4 of cups + Two of cups: Wanting love. Seeking fulfillment through romance. 

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

4 of cups + Six of cups: Nostalgia. 

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

Learn the Meanings of the Suit of Cups Tarot Cards Here.

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