In a reading, the Four of Cups will often turn up when we have become dispirited and feel that life has no new experiences to offer us. We start believing that nothing will change or be different - our belief in this may be so entrenched that even when a new Cup appears like magic in the air before us, a wonderful opportunity literally right in front of our eyes, we fail to see the potential, and what makes this Cup unique to the other Cups we have already experienced.
The Four of Cups indicates that we may need to make some changes to our environment, or how we interact with it, to regain a sense of dynamism and optimism in the future. The card strongly suggests that the opportunities on offer to us, that we are not in a position to notice right now, are likely to lead to the fulfillment of our desires and to great joy, and so it is important that we alter our mindset and grab the chances within reach with both hands.
When the Four of Cups is reversed we are actively engaging with the world and are reacting positively to the potential in our lives: we feel driven, enthusiastic and motivated.
Sometimes, however, the reversed card can indicate that we are consciously withdrawing from the world for a while to realign with our highest goals in a bid to shake off the apathy that we may have been laboring under. This can be a useful course of action, but the card suggests that we be wary that we don’t shut out friends and connections who could offer us the help and support we need. The other cards in the spread will determine which reading is the correct one.
Ultimately, the Four of Cups shows us what can happen if we close ourselves off to love and potential: the figure in the card is literally blocking his body with his crossed arms. The card asks us to resist apathy and, instead, to remain always receptive to the Universe’s gifts.