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Four of Cups Art and Meaning Vivid Waite Smith Deck


Four of Cups

About the Deck

Vivid Waite Smith

These cards are featured in my book, "A Concise Guide to the Tarot" by Loren Lundgren. I took the information for the meanings on these tarot cards from "The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, Being Fragments of a Secret Tradition Under the Veil of Divination", by A. E. Waite, 1911, now in the public domain. I edited the tarot card descriptions and meanings for clarity and brevity, modernizing the text. I scanned in the original black and white illustrations of the cards drawn by Pamela Colman Smith, from the 1911 book. I digitally retouched and painted those illustrations in detailed color.


Loren Lundgren, © 2021


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A young man sits under a tree, contemplating three cups on the grass before him. An arm extends from a cloud to offer him another cup. His appears discontent, as if the wine of this world had barely satisfied him. Another wine—a fairy gift—is now offered to the vagabond, but he sees no consolation in it, either.

Meaning of Four of Cups from the Vivid Waite Smith Deck


Weariness, disgust, aversion, imaginary annoyances; also mixed pleasure.


Novelty, premonition, new learning, new relationships.

According to Many Schools of Thought

Papus's Divinatory Meanings

Serious obstacles from others.

A. E. Waite's Secondary Meanings





S. L. MacGregor Mathers's Divinatory Meanings


Ennui, Displeasure, Discontent, Dissatisfaction


New Acquaintance, Conjecture, Sign, Presentiment.

Mme. Le Marchand's Divinatory Meanings

the marriage will be blessed with twins; a faithful compact

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