The meaning of the Four of Cups Tarot card is ‘boredom.’ Usually, if you have received the Four of Cups card, you will find yourself unhappy and discontent in your situation. The Four of Cups appears because excitement in an area of interest has fizzled out. You will no longer be happy in that area unless you do something to change.
Four of Cups General Tarot Meaning
Bored futures are typically followed by doing something to spice things up. Perhaps in work and business, you will have trouble with procrastination, which will result in a negative outcome. In relationships, boredom can lead to affairs, so look for other indications of this further on down the line.
There will be cases when the Four of Cups represent a time when you’re suffering from a mid or quarter-life crisis. You’ll spend your days staring at your newsfeed and coveting the things other people have, wishing your life was better. It’s possible that you’re suffering from a comparison hangover.
Sometimes, we might desire something that isn’t meant to be for us. You may want something badly. But that doesn’t mean that thing is going to be good for you, whether it’s a particular partner, job, career, or pair of shoes.
The Four of Cups is clearly an overly negative Tarot card. However, there are a couple of positives that can be pulled from it.
If you find yourself displeased with your life and wishing you had someone else’s, you can use your jealousy for good, not evil. Think of your jealousy as a compass pointing you toward the things you want. Jealous of his career? Go and hunt for your own dream job. Jealous of her wedding? Stop dating people who aren’t good for you.
Another positive you can pull from the Four of Cups is that it assures you that the grass isn’t always greener. While you may think that everyone else has it better than you, this is not the case. Don’t forget to count your blessings and be grateful for what you have.
Four of Cups Love Tarot Meaning
Personally, I do not feel that the Four of Cups has a desirable love Tarot meaning. The Four of Cups can mean that a relationship with the person you’re pursuing isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. In any case, the relationship is doomed to fail.
If you’re currently single, the Four of Cups reflects your boredom with being alone. However, don’t get discouraged! Even if you’re single for the foreseeable future, it doesn’t mean you’ll be so forever.
(If you would like more detailed love and relationship Tarot meanings for the Four of Cups, be sure to check out my Love Tarot Meanings e-book.)
Four of Cups Feelings Tarot Meaning
If you’re wondering what someone is feeling about you, beware. The Four of Cups is warning you that they easily get bored in relationships, and you will not be able to hold their undivided attention. In some cases, the Four of Cups can instead predict that your lover will fear you’re the one getting bored of them. If your lover keeps asking you for reassurance, this meaning of the Four of Cups applies.
Four of Cups Career & Business Tarot Meaning
Like in other types of Tarot readings, the Four of Cups doesn’t look good for business or career-orientated Tarot readings. In this context, the Four of Cups can mean that you will bore of your career, and your discontent will stand in the way of progression.
If you would like to save your career, I advise that you do some mindset work. If you find that you can’t put yourself out there or get motivated enough to do the hard labor, the Four of Cups will represent this issue. The Four of Cups in your Tarot reading is a sign that you should stop waiting around for your situation to change. Use Tarot to help you plan alternatives.
Alternatively, the Four of Cups will come up when you’ve outgrown certain social aspects of your business you used to find pleasurable. Are there certain business groups/societies/circles you’re a part of that used to be fun, but that you now see as a total negativity pit? It may be time to move on.
Four of Cups Future Tarot Meaning
The Four of Cups will land in the outcome position of a Tarot spread to indicate that you will bore of a situation in the future. While you may think that something is going to be exhilarating for you in the present, in the future, living that reality will become anticlimactic.
When the Four of Cups lands in an outcome or future position of a Tarot spread, this can indicate that a relationship has run its course. Usually, the Four of Cups indicates that the relationship has (or will) fizzle out. There will be nothing that either party can gain from continuing the partnership for the foreseeable future.
Yes or No with Four of Cups
General – Usually, the Four of Cups is a no for most types of Tarot readings.
Do they like me? – They may like you, but they get easily bored.
Am I pregnant? – I do not interpret the Four of Cups as a pregnancy card.
Is this relationship going to last? – This relationship probably will not last, and if it does, you will not be satisfied.
Does the future of this look promising? – No, the future of this matter looks boring and repetitive.
Am I going to reconcile with my ex? – No, I do not read the Four of Cups as a card that predicts an ex-lover coming back. In fact, I would take the Four of Cups a card that represents you waiting for them to return, but it does not seem as though reconciliation is going to be likely.
The Four of Cups as a Negative, Weakness, or Obstacle
When the Four of Cups appears in a negative, weakness, or obstacle Tarot spread position, this means you are displeased with your relationships. You’re starting to get the sinking feeling that a relationship has run its course.
Finally, the Four of Cups will appear as an obstacle when you’re experiencing a lack of excitement in certain areas of your life. Because you lack excitement, you also lack enthusiasm. It’s hard for you to see the end in sight when you’re not enjoying yourself.
The Four of Cups as a Positive, Strength, or Advantage
When the Four of Cups appears in a positive, strength, or advantage Tarot spread position, this means you will become clearer on what you do and don’t want. You are no longer fooled by appearances; you know the grass is not always greener on the other side.
Because you’re discontent with your circumstances, the Four of Cups can represent the fact that you’re motivated to make changes to your life. The unhappiness that you’re currently feeling is giving you the drive you need to make improvements.
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