Tarot Tuesday: The Four of Cups

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Read on to find out what the Four of Cups has in store for you!

Welcome to Tarot Tuesday!

It is just so perfect that tarot Tuesday fell on World Tarot Day!

Each Tuesday I will be pulling a card from my grandmother’s tarot deck and writing about what the card could mean for the signs, broken up by element. The elements of the zodiac are Fire (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius), Earth (Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn), Air (Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius), and Water (Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces). 

I may pull a card from the major arcana, representing our inner wisdom. Or I may pull a suit card, representing outside influences. I may even pull a court card signifying a specific person in your life. This card can help you set your intention for the rest of the week or it can provide a visualization of your current situation. Don’t forget to check your moon and rising signs as well as your sun sign.

The Four of Cups

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This week I pulled a card from the minor arcana, the Four of Cups. In tarot, the number four usually represents caution and choice. More specifically, it represents the choice between safety and risk-taking.

Cups are the suit of romance and emotion. This suit can represent all stages of love, whether it be new, unrequited, or long-standing. When a cup card comes up in a reading it can mean that we must make a decision based on emotion rather than logic. This suit reminds us that it is okay to listen to our hearts rather than our heads sometimes.

In my grandmother’s deck, the card is depicted as a younger masculine figure who wears a red and green tunic with blue leggings and red shoes. He has short black hair and sits against a tree with his arms crossed. Three golden cups sit before him, as another golden cup is being presented to him by a disembodied hand coming out of a cloud.

Though the card’s image may vary from deck to deck, the meaning is often the same. The Four of Cups represents uncertainty and the need to move forward. It also represents the need to make decisions for ourselves rather than having someone else make the decision. 

If this card pops up in reading it can also symbolize that the querent does not feel fulfilled and that they need to decide what exactly they want out of life. This card wants to save you from regrets. 

Read on to find out what this card means for your sign.

What This Card Means For Fire Signs (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius)

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Fire signs are ruled by their passion and drive. The Four of Cups speaks to your need to leave a bad situation and live the life you have always wanted to live.

Aries, you have been hem-hawing around an important decision. This card wants you to stop putting it off. You will never lead the life that you want if you continue to stay where you are not celebrated.

Leo, you know your worth, so stop letting other people dictate your value. This card wants you to extract yourself from a situation that is toxic to your physical, mental, and emotional health.  

Sagittarius, due to your heightened “fight-or-flight” response, you have no problem physically leaving a bad situation. But you may have trouble leaving it behind mentally. This card wants you to stop letting toxic people and situations live in your head rent free.

What This Card Means For Earth Signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn)

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Earth signs are ruled by their dedication and desire. The Four of Cups speaks to your fear of uncertainty and your need for stability.

Taurus, you are at a crossroads in your life. Should you stay in a stressful situation that provides you with a modicum of security? Or should you venture into the unknown and see what life has in store for you? This card wants you to make this decision soon.

Virgo, you are navigating uncharted territory. You may be putting certain decisions or lifestyle changes off due to fear. You have been through too many changes and you don’t want to deal with anymore. But this card may want you to make those changes for the sake of your health. 

Capricorn, you have always been practical and career-driven. But it is time to ask yourself if this career is bringing you personal and professional fulfillment. If the answer is “no”, then it may be time for a career change.

What This Card Means For Air Signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius)

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Air signs are ruled by their compassion and independence. The Four of Cups speaks to your irresolute nature and your need to make decisions for yourself.

Gemini, due to your indecision, it is so much easier to have others make choices for you than make them yourself. But this card wants you to stop relying on others to make those choices. You and only you know what is best for you.  

Libra, like Gemini, you also struggle with making choices. But, unlike Gemini, this struggle is due to ambivalence rather than indecision. You may not think it matters if you make a choice in certain situations, but this card wants you to know that it matters a lot. 

Aquarius, contrary to what others may believe about you, you are not emotionless. It’s just hard for you to emote when you have a million thoughts and emotions tumbling around in your head all at once. This also makes it hard for you to make any decision that isn’t based on logic. But this card wants you to start consulting your emotions when making a decision. 

What This Card Means For Water Signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces)

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Water signs are ruled by their empathy and imagination. This card may hold more significance for you because the Cups are the suit of water. The Four of Cups speaks to your need for personal and creative fulfillment.

Cancer, this card wants you to pursue a creative career or hobby. If you already have a creative career or a hobby, this card wants you to change up your routine every now and then to keep it exciting. You don’t want to start resenting your dream job.

Scorpio, even one of the most adventurous signs in the zodiac can feel a little trepidation sometimes. If you are worried about your next big adventure, this card wants you to put your mind at ease. You have made the right decision. 

Pisces, a fish cannot grow in a tiny fishbowl. They need a larger body of water to reach their full potential. If your current situation is stifling your growth and creativity, then this card wants you to move on. 

Tune in next week for another Tuesday Tarot Pull!

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