The figure in this card seems mesmerized by the cups in front of them. They are also oblivious to the cup offered from above. The element of water represents emotions and the fours are solid, grounding cards. Therefore, the combination in this card represents a need for emotional grounding. This time can feel fertile or stagnant, depending upon how deeply you’re willing to delve. It’s important to recognize the figure’s eyes are open. This is not a time to go within. This is a time to engage with what is going on around you.
Does the energy around you feel stagnant? Then it’s time to look up and see what gifts are coming to you from above or out of the blue. Stagnant water carries disease and decay. Let the water, the emotions, wash over you. Move into their depths, and you will be restored. Gazing at the surface, like Narcissus, just might cause you to expire without having moved at all.
The Four of Cups only interacts with the Emperor.
Emperor: In a spread, the Four of Cups stifles the energy of the Emperor.
The Suit — Cups or Hearts
The cup holds water, the heart holds emotion. Water nourishes, refreshes, revives. Emotions remind us we’re alive, give us reason to commune with others. Water can give life and take it away. Emotions can make us want to feel more and wish we could just stop feeling entirely.
This suit invites us to that place below the surface, to search for the Holy Grail, to get in touch with our creative side.
Number — 4
Four is a number of order, foundation, and stability.