Tarot Card meaning for the Four of Cups

In the Four of Cups, we see a young man sitting alone by a tree. He looks upset, angry and discontent. This card reminds us of the blessings we have, including those we don’t even see but are still there right in front of us.
It also encourages us to look for the fourth cup, which when we “open our eyes” might come to us as if being offered from a cloud.

The Four of Cups as a day card

Think for a minute about what you have and what you take for granted. Do you see there is something being offered to you? Or could you offer something to someone else? There is an element of sitting alone and wallowing in self-pity. If this is the case, is it justified?

Negative or reversed meaning for this card

The reversed meaning for this card, could be that we do acknowledge the fourth cup and we appreciate it. Or we see others around us in a state of discontent were as we can be quite content with what we have. Things might not be perfect but there is a certain peacefulness when we are just simply content.

How this card could present itself in real life

I think many people can relate to the Four of Cups. When you get a new job with a new (better) wage, you are so excited. Excited, only to get used to it in several weeks and have a replica of your spending pattern before you changed jobs and wages. This is because our internal mechanisms don’t change even though our external ones might. We might appreciate having a better job, but we still feel hard done by when bills come in. This is me to a certain extend I try and be grateful for all I have and see the fourth cup, but we are all human and it is hard to do sometimes.

How this card is represented in other Tarot decks

In the Celtic Dragon Tarot we see a woman really stuck in her own woeful thoughts, whilst really she appears to be in quite affluent surroundings, if she could only look up and see the wealth that was around her.

In the Osho Zen this card has a different spin to it. It is called turning in and we see a young woman in a clear meditative state seemingly enjoying this act of trying not to get too caught up in the internal mind games. The very mind games that the other decks actually portray.

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