4 of Cups – The Blahs

4 of Cups The Blahs

It is Thursday, 13 December 2018, and our Tarot Soul Coaching draw is the 4 of Cups (Moon in Cancer). The associated Shem angels are Melahel and Hahuiah. Since I started including the Shem Angels for our Minor Arcana draws, I have decided to go with a different system, which I believe is the most commonly used one. It is the first of the two systems listed here. I used the second system for a couple of the previous posts. It’s up to you to decide which one resonates the most, of course.

When we have a 4 of Cups kind of day, it can be summed up with ‘the blahs.’ It’s not as if we are terribly depressed or in a state of utter despair. Everything just feels a bit ‘meh’ and inspiration isn’t flowing. The 4’s (all related to The Emperor) bring stability but they can also render a sense of stagnation. Cups is Water (emotions/psychic energy) and Water it isn’t flowing, we soon feel as if the choice to feel any other way is gone. This is why we don’t see that cup being offered to us…

4 of Cups The Blahs

Waite for It

A young man is seated under a tree and contemplates three cups set on the grass before him; an arm issuing from a cloud offers him another cup. His expression notwithstanding is one of discontent with his environment. Divinatory Meanings: Weariness, disgust, aversion, imaginary vexations, as if the wine of this world had caused satiety only; another wine, as if a fairy gift, is now offered the wastrel, but he sees no consolation therein. This is also a card of blended pleasure. Reversed: Novelty, presage, new instruction, new relations (The Pictorial Key to the Tarot)

Shem Angels

The Shem Angels associated with the 9 of Wands are angels no. 23 Melahel (daytime ruler) and 24 Hahuiah (nighttime ruler). Melahel rules the first five days (quinance) of the third decan of Cancer and Hahuiah rules the second quinance of the same decan. They rule the hours of 7.20-7.40 AM and 7.40-8 AM respectively.

Melahel is known as ‘He who frees us from evil.’ He helps us realise our desires and makes sure we have enough resources for doing so. He protects against any form of armed assault. He strengthens the effect of herbal remedies. He governs water and blesses those who show bravery.

The Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore. (Psalm 21:8, NIV)

Hahuiah is known as ‘God of genuine kindness.’ He helps us obtain God’s grace. He protects all those who are being unjustly punished as well as prisoners and fugitives. He blesses us with sincerity and protects us against violence from animals, thieves and assassins. He also protects against injury and accidents during travel.

But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,
    on those whose hope is in his unfailing love. 
(Psalm 33:18, NIV)

Frideborg Figures

In the Frideborg Tarot (see image at top of post), we see the base of four empty vessels in a sort of twilight gloom. This image so perfectly captured the feeling I associate with the 4 of Cups – That feeling of not having any choice but to accept the boredom and apathy of existence… A sort of dementia about the power to choose how we wish to feel.

For today’s Tarot Soul Coaching focus, connect with your heart and gauge how on fire (or not) you are. Are you filled with passion and excitement? Is it more of a quietly simmering contentment with your life? Do you feel stuck and all out of options? The final option is the one that most resembles the 4 of Cups space emotionally. There is no shame in feeling like this. We all end up there from time to time. The danger is when we perpetuate our own apathy by refusing to lift our gaze to see the possibilities once more.

A simple remedy for this feeling of stuckness is to start moving the body, especially if we do so to the kind of music that stirs our emotions.

What favourite tune will you play right now to get your mojo back?

Hate is not the opposite of love; apathy is. ~ Rollo May Click To Tweet

The Archangel corresponding with the 4 of Cups is Gabriel, ruler of the Moon/Cancer.


Lisa Frideborg

Tarot Soul Coach

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