What does the four of cups tarot card mean?

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The four of cups is part of the Minor Arcana deck of tarot cards and is part of the Cups suit.

Keywords: Boredom, apathy, contemplation


When the Four of Cups appears in a reading, it suggests that you are feeling bored and unsatisfied with your current situation. Though stability is often a good thing, it can lead to apathy and a lack of motivation to better oneself. Life feels very flat and you are desperate for something to happen to inject some excitement. This card suggests that it’s time for a bit of reflection and re-evaluation of what is going on in your life, and what changes you can make to turn things around. Perhaps you’re in a job with no prospects, or are in a relationship that feels stagnant and is lacking a spark. It’s time to take action. Figure out what you want, and what you need to do in order to get it, and then go after your goals.

Reverse Keywords: Missed opportunity, aloofness, renewal

Reverse Meaning

If you draw the Four of Cups in reverse, it suggest that you are at risk of missing out on a great opportunity. You may be so wrapped up in feeling sorry for yourself due to boredom that you aren’t seeing an exciting chance that’s right under your nose. It’s a warning to keep your eyes (and your mind) open to new possibilities; you may be unsure of what will happen if you take a risk, but reaching out will have better long-term benefits for you than sitting and wallowing in your self-pity.

Other Minor Arcana Cards (in the Cups suit)