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What I See:

I imagine a pilgrimage — according to the book that is the Chalice Well in Glastonbury, England — and refilling of the emotional well. We have the overlapping circles, creating the mandorla as talked about in The World post, bisected by a sword. The sword makes me think about Arthurian legends. And I’m back to the holiness of the Chalice Well, where Joseph of Arimathea is said to have put the cup that collected Jesus’ blood. Wells are said to be a gateway to the spirit world. I must say, with the history surrounding this well, I’d agree. And that greenery. It doesn’t seem to be just a reflection on the water but rather a living thing reaching out of the water toward the pilgrim at its edge.

General Water element/Cups suit:

Please refer back to the Ace of Water

Light (upright) Reading:

It’s time to replenish you emotional well.

  • Keywords: Invitation, Introspection, Unforeseen Solutions, or Omen.

Shadow (upside down or reverse) Reading:

Get out of your rut by counting your blessings.

  • Keywords: Discontent, Emotional Distance, Apathy, or Lethargy.


This card screams sacred space. Perhaps your story focus on a sacred location. Or maybe the pilgrimage to a sacred location? With the well’s history, perhaps a retelling of a myth or legend.

Perhaps your focus is the woman. Happy or sad? Perhaps she’s scrying?

  • Four Themes: Sacred Space, Structure, Boundaries, Limits, Foundation, or Stewardship.

Traditionally, this card depicts a man sitting under a tree with three cups in front of him and one held aloft by a cloud. This could mean your MC is bored or discontent. Perhaps s/he is in the valley after a turning point in your story.

Perhaps you see Odin in that man sitting beneath a tree. Odin climbed the World Tree, even losing an eye. How about a retelling of that story?

According to Tarot for Writers by Corrine Kenner the Four of Cups is a card of disappointment. I don’t see that here, but rather a card of reflection.


Take a pilgrimage to a sacred place.

  • Suit Archetype/Feudal Class: Clergy and Priestly class.

Additionally, look up one of the Water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) for personality traits.

For more information on the Fours in general, please refer back to the Four of Earth.

Image: Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert from Llewellyn Worldwide