Tarot Readings

Four of Cups

Judgement Tarot Card
What does the Judgement Tarot Card mean?
  • By Gemma Irias
  • Published: 08/07/20 1:46 AM EDT
  • Updated: 08/09/20 8:49 PM EDT
What does the Judgement Tarot Card mean?

Four of Cups Tarot Meaning

Element: Water

Function: Feelings, love, spirituality, creativity

Three golden cups sit in front of a man under a tree. He is resting under a tree in a meditative state contemplating the world. A cloud floats towards him and out comes a mysterious hand offering him another cup. The man pays no attention and continues to contemplate. It’s a clear day, the blue sky represents the spirit and the mind. The green grass represents the lusciousness of life. There is a mountain in the distance a strong sign of stability and that it will be there forever. The man is dressed in muted green, the sign of stifled life. His red top represents magic and passion, whereas the blue trousers symbolize the color of the mind.

We are not sure if the man is aware that he is being offered a cup or whether he is choosing to ignore it. The decision is clear; he wishes to be alone in order to ponder on the higher things in the universe.

The cups are a sign of emotions, of desire, and being together. There is an element of imagination and creativity but at the same time, a strong symbol of spirituality, the one that is received when offering a part of oneself. This man does not take but he doesn’t give either. He has the ability to close his eyes to the miracle that is happening before him. If he could open his eyes, he would learn that enlightenment is achieved through more than solitude and it isn’t necessary to distance yourself from the world around you.

The cup portrays love, and this is what the man lacks. This card appears in a reading when someone is trying to discover all but look no further than themselves. People are not supposed to be alone. Tie for contemplation is necessary, but there is more to life. For a person to grow, they must appreciate the acts of giving and receiving.

The Four of Cups is warning us of missed opportunities, and more specifically, those that are right in front of us. This is because we have been too focused on what we believe is the right way to do something or simply the way in which we want to do it. It’s as if we have the mind of a teenager who thinks they know all. It’s an idealistic view and leads us to become in awe of our own abilities. Once you pass this precious youth, you begin to look back on the chances you had.

When Reversed:

In the upturned position, the Four of Cups is telling you that you will have to make an effort for what you want. An opportunity might be staring you in the face, but it isn’t just up for grabs. This implies that you aren’t truly self-focused but perhaps doing so to seem more spiritually enlightened than you are.

In a more literal sense, you might be avoiding reaching out to others, as the man avoids the cup. You don’t want an emotional connection, regardless if others are offering love to you. You might genuinely want to be isolated, or you fear the consequences of being emotionally involved.


There was probably a situation in the past that you didn’t like but you are getting over it now. Time will allow you to recover but don’t feel like you need to hide your emotions. It is also possible you have missed something that you should have seen.


You may have a set a limit to your thinking and it’s time to break out of this. You might not see the need for emotional attachment as you are contemplating right now. Take some time but be careful not to miss any opportunities.


At some point in the future, you will need to take some time for reflection. You will appreciate some time alone to make a decision, but this may not necessarily be a difficult choice, you just need to weigh up all of your options.

Yes/No Question:

The answer is unclear, but perhaps you don’t need the answer right now.

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