Four of Cups: Predictive Tarot Card Meanings

Dissatisfaction, Boredom, Unhappiness, Imaginary Conflict, Thinking the Grass is Greener, Wanting Something which isn’t Good for you

The 4 of Cups is the card of boredom. Usually, if you have received the 4 of Cups card you will find yourself unhappy and discontent in your situation.

Usually, with the 4 of Cups an area of interest would have run its course. There will no longer be satisfaction to be had in that area unless you do something to change. 

   
  
 
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  In a Tarot card reading, The Four of Cups in a spread can be a symbol of boredom. This post includes vintage and modern fortune telling meanings of the 4 of Cups, ideal for the advanced reader or those just learning the cards. These interpretations can be used with any of the decks (Rider Waite, Marseilles etc.) Cards used in this post are from Dame Darcy’s Mermaid Tarot Deck.

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 4 of Cups represents a time when you’re suffering from a mid or quarter life crisis. You’ll spend your days staring at your newsfeed coveting the things other people have, wishing your life was better. It is possible that you’re suffering from comparison hangover.

Sometimes, we might desire something which 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 that’s a particular partner, job, career or pair of shoes.

The 4 of Cups is clearly an overly negative Tarot card. However, there are a couple of positives which can be pulled from it.

If you find yourself displeased with you life and wishing you had someone else’s, you can use your jealousy for good not evil. Think of your jealousy as a compass which is pointing you towards the things you want. Jealous of his career? Go and hunt for your own dream job. Jealous of her wedding? Stop dating assholes.

Another positive you can pull from the 4 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. Therefore, count your blessings and be grateful for what you have. 

The Four of Cups’ Historical Meaning

Historically, the 4 of Cups has always been a card of dissatisfaction, boredom etc. Waite (1911) comments that it is the card of ‘imaginary vexations’; an interpretation which fits well with the energy of the 4 of Cups and sums it up nicely. 

The Four of Cups in a Love Reading

The 4 of Cups appears when relationships have run their course; this is especially true if the 4 lands in a outcome or future position of a Tarot spread. Usually, the 4 of Cups indicates that the relationship has (or will) fizzle out. There will be nothing which each party can gain from continuing the partnership.

If you’re wondering what someone is feeling about you, beware. The 4 of Cups is warning you that they easily get bored in relationships and you will not be able to hold their undivided attention.

The 4 of Cups can also mean that a relationship with the person you’re pursuing isn’t all it is cracked up to be. In any case, the relationship is doomed for failure (to reveal your partner's true intentions, you should use a Tarot spread which does so, I have one in my Love Tarot Spreads e-book).

The Four of Cups in a Business Reading

Like in other types of readings, the 4 of Cups doesn’t look good for business orientated Tarot readings. In this context, the 4 of Cups can mean that you will bore of your company and your discontent will stand in the way of progression.

If you would like to save your business, 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 then the 4 of Cups will represent this issue.

Alternatively, the 4 of Cups will come up when you have outgrown certain social aspect of your business you used to find pleasurable. Are there certain business groups/societies/circles you’re a part of which used to be fun but now you just see as a total negativity pit? It may be time to move on.

The Four of Cups as a Yes or No

Usually, the 4 of Cups is a no for most types of Tarot readings.

The Four of Cups as a Positive

In a positive reading, the Four of Cups can predict;

- You’ll get clearer on what you want

- You’ll get clearer on what you don’t want

- The grass isn’t always greener

- You’ll be motivated to make a change

The Four of Cups as a Negative

In a more negative reading, the Four of Cups can predict;

- Displeasure with relationships

- Partnerships which have ran their course

- Lack of excitement

- Lack of enthusiasm

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Tarot cards used in this post are from Dame Darcy’s Mermaid Tarot Deck. 


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    Illustration: In a Tarot card reading, The Four of Cups in a spread can be a symbol of boredom. This post includes vintage and modern fortune telling meanings of the 4 of Cups, ideal for the advanced reader or those just learning the cards. These interpretations can be used with any of the decks (Rider Waite, Marseilles etc.) Cards used in this post are from Dame Darcy’s Mermaid Tarot Deck.

Illustration: In a Tarot card reading, The Four of Cups in a spread can be a symbol of boredom. This post includes vintage and modern fortune telling meanings of the 4 of Cups, ideal for the advanced reader or those just learning the cards. These interpretations can be used with any of the decks (Rider Waite, Marseilles etc.) Cards used in this post are from Dame Darcy’s Mermaid Tarot Deck.