Tarot Four Water, Four Cups, and each of the Minor Arcana cards numbered Four exhibit attributes of Chesed the fourth sephira of the QBL.
The planetary correspondence of Chesed is Jupiter, and each of the Minor Arcana cards numbered “Four” expresses this planet’s character. This is further individualized by their specific elemental qualities represented by Fire/Wands, Water/Cups, Air/Swords, or EarthPentacles, respectively.
Jupiter is known for its beneficial influence and expansive nature in astrology. However, in the case of this card, the normally expansive qualities associated with Jupiter are restricted through the supine influences of the Moon. The effects of this can give rise to a lack of energy and the possibility of depression.
Astrological Decan Allocation
Tarot card Four of Water, also known as the Four of Cups, is allocated to the third decan of the astrological sign of Cancer.
Cancer is ruled by the Moon and corresponds to the tarot major arcana card Chariot. The planetary ruler of this third decan is also the Moon which corresponds to the tarot major arcana card High Priestess.
In standard interpretations, the Chariot card signifies achievements, triumph, and overall well-being albeit of a transient nature. However, in this specific context, the Moon’s influence dampens the expansive qualities associated with Jupiter. Through this combination of the Chariot, Jupiter, and the Moon, the card takes on a more passive nature, thus earning its title of Blended Pleasure.
On a positive note, however, the Four of Cups also represents an opportunity for self-reflection and personal growth. It urges us to take a step back from our emotional state and reassess our priorities and desires. This card suggests that by examining our internal landscape, we can gain a fresh perspective to discover new opportunities for emotional fulfillment and personal satisfaction.
The character qualities of the Prince of Fire are those best suited to receive and translate the specific ancestral voice of this decan. Meditate on this personality to resolve the conundrum presented by Four of Water’s appearance.
Enthusiasm and boldness are qualities this Prince exudes and is therefore the ideal vehicle for throwing off the morose effect this card radiates. The result is a reinvigoration of the qualities of Jupiter.
Prince of Fire has the instinctive ability to confront antagonistic influences and inject a sense of purpose into situations thus redirecting our attention to positive pursuits. Being a hero type of personality his appearance can reintroduce us to our sense of destiny and purpose.
When facing difficulty comprehending the meaning of a card, it is beneficial to seek guidance from our inner intuition. In this situation, we focus on the Four of Water and major arcana cards Chariot and High Priestess. These specific cards are indicative of this particular decan and will manifest through the personality traits represented by the Prince of Fire. By tapping into this inner energy, we can ignite a sense of enthusiasm that will assist in overcoming the negative effects of this card’s appearance.