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Four of Cups

Four of Cups

- The girl in this picture seems rather self absorbed and lost in thought. Her feet dangle over still waters that represent her emotions being placed on hold. Behind her is a beautiful sky and a nice looking castle or home, but she does not think of it or of what she has as she is lost in her discontent.

She is not thinking about what she has, because she has temporarily withdrawn into her inner world where she is unchallenged and unfulfilled. She does not appreciate what she has, and she does not know what she wants.

In a reading: The four of cups is an emotional time-out or a break from the troubles or vulnerability of the heart which feels unfulfilled. There is love and abundance all around and yet it is not seen, realized or appreciated. The four of cups is a warning that the love and abundance that is in your life can and will slip away if you are not careful.

You can almost see the girl in the picture release a deep sigh. This is a sigh of sadness or boredom. Deep down, she really does care. She has just withdrawn from that human condition and retreated into herself, which is where she finds her private sanctuary. She does not know what she wants and she does not appreciate what she has.

Regarding your occupation, a monotonous routine job will drain you eventually and even be detrimental to your physical health. Don't let it get to that point. For now, you can withdraw from your feelings as a defense mechanism but deep down you know you must make a change, but not knowing what you want, you have no ambition. This is your life and if you can't quit your job, at least start making plans and taking action to change your situation. That alone will perk you up. Start thinking about what you really want in life.

Regarding romance, disillusion and dissatisfaction in a relationship can make you feel like you are in the dark about what is wrong. You have suitors and plenty of options, but there may not seem to be anyone special who stands out above the crowd. You may unconsciously be putting on blinders in an attempt to avoid seeing the opportunity for love simply as a way to protect your heart. You tend to focus on finding fault with everything and everyone. You reject someone before they can have a chance to reject or even consider you.

Regarding your health, your mental attitude is one of the first things that will affect your health. The thoughts that you think can make you sick. If you do happen to pick up a bug, it will thrive in your low apathetic state, especially if you are depressed. By not caring, you give yourself permission to be ill. That is called dis-ease. If you hate your job, and want to call in sick, you may actually unconsciously make yourself sick in order to justify your actions.

Four of Cups, Infinite Visions Tarot


General Advice: You may be in such a self-induced apathetic state that you would overlook an opportunity if it presented itself to you. Opportunity is everywhere, but it will not be seen until you take some interest in seeing it. This is similar to the saying that when the student is ready, the teacher will appear. No growth is possible until you discover what you desire. Hopefully, this is probably just a phase or a cycle you are going through. Sometimes there is a good reason for it, but how long it lasts will be up to you. Begin by learning how to feel gratitude for what you have.

REVERSED: If you are closing your eyes to the truth of the situation or avoiding the truth, it will just continue to hang over your head, unfinished, until like the tower, everything crumbles and the truth is revealed. In order to move forward you must open your eyes to reality of the situation. Find your passion or wither on the vine.




The wonderful flowing gown was taken from a painting called "Solitude" by Sir Frederick Leighton, artist and sculptor who lived  between 1878 and 1896.

The face of the girl used in the card Four of Cups above is one painted by William Bouguereau.

Frederic Leighton, 1st Baron Leighton PRA (3 December 1830 25 January 1896), known as Sir Frederic Leighton between 1878 and 1896, was an English painter and sculptor. His works depicted historical, biblical and classical subject matter. Leighton was bearer of the shortest-lived peerage in history; after only one day his hereditary peerage ended with his death

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