39-Four of Cups – Upright Rider Waite Deck

Your Chosen Card – Four of Cups Upright Rider Waite Deck

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 don’t 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 card’s 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 every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven’ (Eccleisates 3, KJV).

Keywords Upright: Ennui, reflection, blended pleasure, anticipation, presage, premonition, novelty, new instruction, fresh possibilities, new goals, the need to wait for a desired outcome to manifest.

Timing: 20 Cancer–30 Cancer. Tropical, 12 July–21 July. Sidereal, 6 August–17 August.
Astrology: The emotional and inconstant Moon (dignified) in the third decan of watery Cancer, realm of the Waite King/Thoth Prince of Wands (Air of Earth) and the Chariot (Cancer). The Moon is linked to the High Priestess.
Number Symbolism: 4 – structure, stability, order, logic, foundation, manifestation.

Rider Waite: A young man is seated under a tree and contemplates three cups set on the grass before him; an arm issuing from a cloud offers him another cup. His expression notwithstanding is one of discontent with his environment. Divinatory Meanings: Weariness, disgust, aversion, imaginary vexations, as if the wine of this world had caused satiety only; another wine, as if a fairy gift, is now offered the wastrel, but he sees no consolation therein; also a card of blended pleasure; (R) novelty, presage, new instruction, new relations, presentiment.

When Four of Cups is upright you can pretty much take it that life is going well but that’s when life takes us by surprise.  If Four of Cups is unclear it may help to choose a card from the Major Arcana to provide more insight into what it is Four of Cups is trying to tell you.  If you had a particular issue in  mind, or want to seek clarification on something else, you can also choose again to get more guidance.

This chosen card is part of your upright card reading for Four of Cups using cards from the Rider Waite Tarot Deck. You will find many more tarot pages that will be of great help if you need tarot card meanings. Use the search at the bottom of the page. We have some amazing tarot books for you to browse. Please see below.


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Complete Book of Tarot
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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 don’t 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 card’s 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).

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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 Smith’s artwork. Waite wrote a few guides to the tarot, manuals on how to interpret each card, but Smith’s imagery is what people remember, not Waite’s 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 practitioner’s failure to understand what the cards are saying, but …

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Complete Book of Tarot: The tarot always gives a correct answer, and any errors in a tarot reading are due to the practitioner’s failure to understand what the cards are saying, but …