The Four of Cups: Reversed Meanings
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The Golden Tarot Four’s
When things are stable in your life, expect to see some cards with the number four on them in your Tarot reading. This is the number of stability and consistency. There are four suits in the Tarot deck and four seasons on earth. This natural order of things is often disrupted for short bursts, but it is more likely to trend toward constancy than maintain any of the disruptive energy. Revolutions do not occur under the four, but they may be inspired by the long uninterrupted stasis that underscores it. The timeframe starts as a comforting security and consistency, but it can manifest as boredom, stagnation and resistance to change out of a fear of the unknown. For every side of the four that is peaceful and grounded, there is a shadow side of avoidance and outgrown attachments.
The Golden Tarot Suit of Cups
The Suit of Cups deals with the emotional level of consciousness and is associated with love, feelings, relationships and connections. Cups are about displays of emotion, expression of feelings and the role of emotions in relation to others. The Cups Tarot cards indicate that you are thinking with your heart rather than your head, and thus reflect your spontaneous responses and your habitual reactions to situations. Cups are also linked to creativity, romanticism, fantasy and imagination. The negative aspects of the Suit of Cups (i.e. when the Cups cards appear reversed) include being overly emotional or completely disengaged and dispassionate, having unrealistic expectations and fantasising about what could be. There may be repressed emotions, an inability to truly express oneself and a lack of creativity. The Suit of Cups traditionally represents the west and autumn. If using an ordinary deck of playing cards, Cups are represented by the Suit of Hearts.
Comprised of imagery from the European masters paintings, Golden Tarot cards pay tribute to artwork of the Middle Ages and early Renaissance. The Golden Tarot of Klimt is one of the best for artwork. Golden Tarot aims to reconnect the Tarot aesthetically and esoterically to its origins in early-renaissance Italy. From a time of violence, pestilence and oppression came poignant images of gentle beauty and human frailty.
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Complete Book of Tarot: When upright, the Four of Cups suggests that you are going through a period of discontent, apathy, stagnation, and dissatisfaction. The pleasures of life just dont seem to perk you up. You may feel unfulfilled, as if something essential were missing from your life. Perhaps you are suffering from depression or wallowing in self-pity. You feel stuck in a rut as you focus on the glass being half empty. You need to confront your imaginary vexations and find a way to motivate yourself to move forward. Are you focusing on the cloud rather than its silver lining? Take advantage of the gifts and opportunities that surround you. This cards association with the Moon suggests that you may need to wait until the proper moment in the cyclic to achieve your goal. The phases of the Moon are a reminder that ‘to everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven’ (Eccleisates 3, KJV).
Creative Tarot: The Rider-Waite-Smith differed from most decks in one important aspect: for the first time since the Sola Busca, all of the cards, including the Minor Arcana, were fully illustrated with human figures and other symbolic imagery. This is the full separation mark of the tarot from a deck of playing cards to a deck of divination cards. And this is where much of the meaning of the Minor Arcana cards became consolidated. Most of that is due to Smiths artwork. Waite wrote a few guides to the tarot, manuals on how to interpret each card, but Smiths imagery is what people remember, not Waites definitions. Waite believed it was his writings and scholarship that would newly define the tarot, but it turns out that sometimes the brush is even more powerful than the pen.
Complete Book of Tarot: The tarot always gives a correct answer, and any errors in a tarot reading are due to the practitioners failure to understand what the cards are saying, but
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