Tarot: 4 of Cups {How To Embrace Change}

Tarot's 4 of Cups, intuitivefish.com

Material Disillusionment, Material Instability, Changes or Troubles, Estrangement

Do you feel like you don’t really connect with anyone? Not sure where you belong?

Or does the world feel hostile? Not sure who you can trust? Do you feel it’s safer to stay silent than express yourself?

Are material things becoming increasingly boring, lifeless or taxing for you?

Welcome to the 4 of Cups.

Life for you is shifting. As a result of your discontentment or aversion to your external environment, you might experience estrangement with acquaintances and loved ones, or material challenges and difficulties.

But you still have a distant aim or hope somewhere in the future.

4 of Cups by the Röhrig Tarot by Carl W. Röhrig, Shadowscapes, Linestrider Tarot, and The Starchild Tarot, intuitivefish.com
4 of Cups by the Röhrig Tarot by Carl W. Röhrig, Shadowscapes, Linestrider Tarot, and The Starchild Tarot, intuitivefish.com

When The 4 of Cups Shows Up In A Reading

Health and Body Image: There may be a struggle with anxiety, apathy, or dissociation. Or maybe you’re at war with current mental or physical health opinions, therapies, and protocols. Consider appreciating them for what they are, and working with them anyway. Embrace humble appreciation in order to reconnect with the world.

Occupation and Finances: The 4 of Cups might indicate material difficulties, a lack of success, or financial changes for the worse. A vital connection between your work and your clients and customers, or work partners might be missing. How can you appreciate and nurture what you have, even if it isn’t all that you want? How can you understand others so you can better meet their needs and cultivate that vital connection?

Relationships: A relationship might feel unstable. Someone might be failing to understand another, or failing to make themself understood. Maybe there’s discontentment, disgust, or discord in a relationship which may be going through changes. You might be inclined to keep quiet, as talking only seems to create more issues. Instead, look within to find things you appreciate about another person. Nurture these beautiful things, rather than focusing on what you don’t like. For what you focus on, expands.

Hidden Meaning: Our external reality reveals what’s going on within us. If you find yourself in an unwanted or an antagonistic atmosphere, your inner self is likely signaling that it’s time for change within.

4 of Cups from The Dore Great Bible Tarot
4 of Cups from The Dore Great Bible Tarot

Reversed: When the 4 of Cups is reversed, maybe you feel so alone with your thoughts, ideas and passions that you’ve alienated or isolated yourself from the rest of the world, at least to some degree. Because we’re natural social creatures, seclusion can create a soul sickness. And isolation can keep you from seeing opportunities that are right in front of you. On the other hand, distancing yourself from the familiar can awaken you to new adventures, new perspectives and new relationships. You might be led to research unknown territories, or learn of nature’s wonders where you make new discoveries, or make new acquaintances. When the 4 of Cups is reversed, it’s time to expand your horizons, embrace new experiences, and seek a new environment. You might not feel like doing something novel, but you’ll be glad you did.

Advice: You may very well be out of place, and your environment might be hostile to you. Perhaps you feel like you were born into the wrong family or you got dropped off on the wrong planet. When the 4 of Cups is upright, your challenge is to make a conscious effort to understand others, help others understand you, and appreciate the way things are. It’s okay to love and embrace imperfections and aversions; in fact, the only way to change anything is to change your perspective, which changes your feelings. Know that you’re going through important changes, and that dejection, anxiety and other mental sufferings are less serious than they feel.

Astrological Association: Pisces

Element: Water on the 12th House

Timing: February 19th to March 20th, or 4 months

Reversals: Generally, an obstacle must be overcome before a favorable event can occur

Yes or No: No, unless it involves a difficult but healthy change

Elizabeth, also known as Intuitive Fish, is a healthy vegan mama living in the Pacific Northwest. Her life mission involves researching the esoteric arts, guiding souls along their awakening path, and contributing to a world of humans doing what they love. She’s available for readings and counseling, and would love to be your friend on social media.