We come from the Three of Cups and all its shared emotional energy to the Four, where emotions appear to be drained, or at least at a low ebb. It’s possible to look at this card in two ways: either we have reached a plateau of emotional stability, or we have reached a place of boredom, inertia and emotional discontent. Which one applies to your situation?
A young man sits beneath a tree, eyes downcast. There are three golden chalices before him, and another, very similar to the one in the Ace of Cups is being proffered, but he does not take it. He doesn’t even see it. His arms are crossed, and he seems a little defensive. He wears blue leggings, a red shirt, and a dull colored tunic.
The boy in the image seems to be unhappy with his three cups but refuses to engage or take the new opportunity being offered. Occasionally, the Four of Cups can indicate a low-level depression. Someone who is jaded; perhaps a long relationship or association has ended, and the seeker has no desire or motivation to become involved with another. On the positive side, this is almost always temporary, and the opportunities will come again and again. This card could even represent meditation or contemplation and a need to spend time alone.
The reversed card indicates that it is time to pull oneself out of this situation. That it is time to wake up and re-engage with life. Dependent upon the other cards in the reading, the reversed card could represent someone in the grip of serious depression.
Interpretations in Various Areas of Life
You are bored with your job, bored with the people around you and, even when you go home, you are still bored. Right now, others are still being sensitive to your needs — if you don’t take what’s being offered, they will soon drift away and leave you to stew in your dreariness.
The job search is going nowhere, and you are completely fed up with the daily chore of filling in forms and turning up at interviews for jobs that are clearly unsuitable. You need a new plan. A new approach. By all means, take a break, but hurry up and start paying attention to other possible opportunities.
There doesn’t seem to be much love around at the moment. Maybe you have been dumped or even ended it yourself. You can’t see any point in becoming attached to someone else; after all, it only leads to pain and disillusionment. Snap out of it and stop feeling sorry for yourself. There is love all around, and all you have to do is accept it.
In a long-term relationship, you have both withdrawn. You take each other for granted. You need love, and you want love, but you can’t break through the barriers you have built. You can’t stay like this indefinitely, as there are others to consider. One of you has to make a move, and it might as well be sooner or later. What do you want?
The flow of money is so-so. Nothing exciting happening. You go to work, you get paid, you pay your bills. Until you feel better about your finances, refrain from spending too much money, unless it is on a vacation to treat your partner and rejuvenate your relationship.
Your health issues center around your emotional state. There is nothing major going on, but perhaps you need to supplement with vitamins. Focus on your diet, not necessarily to lose weight but to increase your energy levels. Avoid sugar and go for brisk daily walks.
This may be an ideal time to go within and explore your deepest feelings. Meditation will help. If you already have a gratitude journal, get back to it. You should be counting your blessings daily.