The suit of Cups symbolizes the element of Water, representing the emotions, our dreams, the collective subconscious, and the spirits of our ancestors. Fours are about foundation and stability we can build upon. When I was younger, this card looked like apathy born of , well, ingratitude for how sweet life actually is.
Stability is not exciting. It is solid and a place from which to build a foundation. There are no dancing ladies, as in the three of cups, and no tears of disillusion as in the five of cups – this is just a quiet resting place to sit a minute and be grateful for all that is given. As I have gotten older, this card moves higher on my favorites list. No drama, no excitement, no immediate need ~ just a moment to rest and reflect.
A hand from realms beyond breaks upon the scene to offer the fourth cup to a youth in meditation. Sated, or perhaps unaware of the additional emotional bounty offered in this place, the person does not reach to accept the gift. Contentment can become an emotional foundation we build upon, but so too can discontentment. This can blind you to the opportunity before you… See? It’s Right Here!!!
“Every happy family is alike, but each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Thus begins the novel Anna Karenina. It’s about the choices we make. You know what happy looks like, perhaps you are already there. Enjoy the rest, and appreciate the stability of your life right now, before things get exciting again. Then open your eyes to receive the new joy being offered and you may find yourself content at last.