4 of Cups Tarot Card Meaning

4 of cups tarot card

The 4 of cups tarot card is one of excess but disinterest. The card typically depicts a person staring at a cup in the air, while sitting near some other cups. It’s a card of complacency and apathy.

I suggest, while looking at this card description, you have your tarot deck in front of you and decide for yourself if you agree with the feelings on this page or if the card represents something entirely different to you.

*The image at the top of the page does not depict all of the feelings represented by a specific tarot deck! You can find other tarot card meanings here!

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this is the 4 of cups tarot card, using a fairly simple definition to understand how this card may act in a reading!

A few words to describe the card:

Complacency, apathetic, detached, uninterested, bored

4 of Cups Tarot

The 4 of cups comes after the joyous scene in the 3 of cups. In this one, we are back to being alone and solitary. The scenery in the Rider Tarot deck depicts a person is looking away, avoiding the cups and not even getting excited about the cup that is in the middle of the air hovering next to them. This person seems disinterested.

This card can represent having everything but not be excited about it. This person is apathetic to their surroundings, and what they already have, thinking about other things and ideas. They aren’t even tempted by this cup hovering in midair, which can representing excess or extravagance.

The person in this card is actively avoiding looking at the cups surrounding them. Try to think about how this relates to you, and what you’re actively avoiding in your life. Because the cups relate to emotions, is there an emotion that you are avoiding? Or a feeling?

Alternatively, this card could be a symbol of complacency. Of having achieved everything you’ve ever wanted and more, but still not feeling excited over it. Or not appreciating the achievements. Try to think about why. Why you feel complacent. What caused that feeling, and how can you move past it?

Think about what you are feeling tired of, what no longer brings you joy. Is there something else you can do to bring that feeling back, or is it time to let go of whatever you’re currently holding on to?

The 4 of cups tarot card is one of boredom, apathy, complacent, and disinterest.

Still Confused?

Still confused about the meanings of the cards? A few tools that have been really helpful for me have been: practice, taking the time to look at each card, read books like Tarot: Learn How to Read and Interpret the Cards by Kim Arnold. Or try out tarot spreads! Try doing a simple reading every day. The Labyrinthos app is really helpful too. Or try some that I’ve created by looking here: Tarot Spreads.