4 of Cups




Upright position:


Emotional stagnation, frustration, apathy, fatigue, aversion, questionable satisfaction, conflict, boredom


The 4 of Cups is a card about wishful thinking. It warns us to remember to pay attention to what "is" now, and the many blessings we each currently experience, and not to worry too much about "what could be."

General: Be sure that you are "counting your blessings." Don't spend too much time in self-pity or wishing your life away. A lot of life has to do with where we put our focus. Put your focus on the things and people in your life that you have to be thankful for. Consider a gratitude journal.

Work: You may not like your job very much, but at least it keeps food on the table. Remember that it is rare for any of us to ever be truly completely trapped.

Love: Look hard at yourself as to whether you are being realistic with regards to love. Do you have your heart set to the exclusion of everyone else? On someone who isn't giving you very much back or who is quite literally unavailable?

Finances: Focus on your strengths, on what you do have and can do, not what you can't do and don't have. If you're not where you want to be financially, make specific goals and plans about where that "is," and then chart the steps it will take you to get there. Look your financial situation squarely in the eye (know exactly where you "are" financially) as this can only help you.

Health: Focus on the positive. If you are having physical problems, remember that things do not always have to be the way they are right now, health wise. Pay attention to diet, exercise, and making time to rest/eat healthfully. You may need to reach out to a trusted counselor or friend to get help in "moving beyond" where you are healthwise at the moment.

Spirituality: Wishful thinking can take it's toll on the spiritual aspect of life, as when we are caught up in "poor me" thinking or "I wish things were different," it tends to blind us to the beauty of what IS in our lives, right now. Stay constant and grounded in the present moment. If you can't keep a "gratitude journal" and write down things you feel grateful for every day, at least make a list of twenty people/situations/things in your life that you are grateful for now. Thinking along these lines can elevate your "spiritual mindset" immensely, and quickly.




Reversed position:


Renewal, new dating, new relationship, new hope, mutual understanding with a loved one, lethargy, depression


The reversed 4 of Cups is a card about breaking out of a self-imposed rut. You are about to find yourself getting moving again. That's a good thing.

General: When the 4 of Cups reversed appears, this is a time to begin to get moving. This is not the time to be pitying yourself or giving in to the "if only's." Start where you are, and know that no matter what is happening, you can make a difference. Count your blessings.

Work: You may finally be getting the get-up-and go to get yourself out of an unhappy work situation. Good for you. You can take your own life by the horns. Believe in yourself.

Love: You may finally be ready to move beyond the ghosts of your past and toward a brighter, happier love life in the future. Spend time thinking about what and who you really and truly need in your life. Look forward, not back.

Finances: If you look carefully around you, you will see opportunities that you hadn't noticed before. Take some time to explore them. Your motivation should be higher than ever to get things good and make money. You can do it. Follow through.

Health: When you recieve the reversed 4 of Cups in relation to health and fitness, it's saying that this is an excellent time to make some positive changes to your health care routine. Consider whether you need more excercise, better diet, or both. You can also bring yourself to see a practitioner now if you have been putting off needed check ups.

Spirituality: The reversed 4 tells you that you are breaking out of a rut and that's a very good thing. Stay positive, explore new ways of learning about and caring for your spirit, pay attention to speakers and writers with a spiritual message, then see what it means to you personally. You don't have to tend to your spiritual life like everyone else does.