Four of Cups


Key words

Upright: contemplation, introspection, restlessness

Reversed: stubbornness, self-absorption, lost opportunity


A person sits under a tree with their arms and legs crossed, contemplating three chalices on the ground in front of them. The person wears a red shirt, green tunic, blue tights, and red shoes. A hand appears from a cloud to offer them a cup, but the person either doesn’t notice or intentionally looks away. The sky is blue, the landscape is hilly, and the tree provides little shade. 


4: Structure, foundations, stability


If you’re feeling disappointed about your current situation, you may be missing out on new opportunities because you are focused on your discontent. Alternatively, you might be turning down new prospects because they don’t feel right. Either way, take time to sit with your feelings and ask what is blocking you from moving forward. If you don’t know what you want, you won’t be able to go for it. 


The Four of Cups in reverse calls out a need for introspection. You don’t need to completely shut out your loved ones, but you could benefit from some alone time. If you find yourself stuck in negative thought patterns, try a change in routine or scenery. Remember that avoidance won’t make a problem go away, so after this period of reflection be ready to take action.