Inverted Four of Cups


Inverted Four of CupsOften the inverted cards offer a new perspective. In this card, it could be the solution to a problem. That solution might seem to come out of the blue, like the hand coming out of the cloud. This could also be a new acquaintance, who brightens up your social life.

You are probably breaking out of a slump, feeling energized by some unexpected event or situation. Sometimes a change of scenery is just what’s needed to get you back in the game. There might be a small gift, waiting for you to open your eyes. It sounds like today is the day to get up and experience life and all its little surprises.


The Four of Cups only interacts with the Emperor.

Major Arcana

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.

The Inversion

There is nothing to fear with an inversion. Mary K. Greer explains in her book, The Complete Book of Tarot Reversals, that an inverted card may be interpreted in one or more of these twelve ways:

  1. Blocked or Resisted
  2. Projected
  3. Delayed, Difficult, Unavailable
  4. Inner, Unconscious, Private
  5. New or Dark Moon (if you are reading cards from a round deck)
  6. Breaking Through, Overturning, Refusing, Changing Direction
  7. The Opposite of the Upright Meaning, or Lacking
  8. Excessively
  9. Misused or Misdirected
  10. The Upright Meaning Backward
  11. A Rectification or Cure
  12. Magical, Unconventional, or Humorous

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