Welcome to Exploring Emotions with Tarot! This week we will be exploring the Four of Cups and how it can be used as a prompt or brainstorming in our writing as well as a means to explore character traits in readings.
It’s often said that a picture is worth a thousand words. I believe the reason for this is that visual art has a way of tapping into our symbolic and metaphoric vocabularies on a subconscious level. In doing so, it evokes emotions and creative thought within us.
This series aims to explore this phenomenon using tarot with intentional purpose. The goal is to have a personal character trait keyword bank by the end of the series inspired by the images of these cards to enhance our brainstorming in our writing and improve our reading skills.
Introduction of the Card
The Four of Cups is card number 39 in the deck within the Orphalese Tarot program and the fourth card of the Cups Suit in the Minor Arcana of the Tarot.
Let’s take a look at the following examples of this card below.
The Writing Exercise
The assignment for this exercise is to write a character sketch as inspired by this card. Either choose your character trait keyword first and get started from there, or start with your idea for a character to work your way towards a single keyword.
What this Card Means to Me
The keyword I choose for this card is: DISPIRITED
You can learn more about this card at this site, which also includes a list of associated jobs and careers for the card.
- dispirited alcoholic
- slitted black eyes
- fine, straight, very short hair in the color of ripe plums
- tall, slender build with black skin and an elegant nose
- wears mostly red and white
Armando has become dispirited ever since he had been estranged from his children. He drowns himself in his work and whiskey to keep his mind off it.
I would love it if you linked or pinged back what you wrote so I could see where you went with this.
~ Celtic Dragon Tarot by D.J. Conway (Author), Lisa Hunt (Illustrator) © 1999
~ Dragon Tarot by Terry Donaldson (Author), Peter Pracownik (Illustrator) © 1995
~ Gilded Tarot by Ciro Marchetti (Illustrator), Barbara Moore (Author) © 2015
~ Goddess Guidance Oracle by Lisa Iris (Illustrator), Doreen Virtue (Author) © 2004
~ Mystic Dreamer Tarot by Heidi Darras (Illustrator), Barbara Moore (Author) © 2012
~ Mystic Faerie Tarot by Linda Ravenscroft (Illustrator), Barbara Moore (Author) © 2015
~ Mythic Tarot by Liz Greene (Author), Juliet Sharman-Burke (Author), Tricia Newell (Illustrator) © 1986
~ Necronomicon Tarot by Anne Stokes (Illustrator), Donald Tyson (Author) © 2012
~ Panda Tarot by Severino Baraldi (Illustrator), Lo Scarabeo (Author) © 2017
~ Shadowscapes Tarot by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law (Illustrator), Barbara Moore (Author) © 2011
~ Steampunk Tarot by Aly Fell (Illustrator), Barbara Moore (Author) © 2012
~ Universal Tarot by Lo Scarabeo (Author), R. De Angelis (Illustrator), A. E. Waite (Designer) © 2001
~ Credit for 3D model and assets used in this rendered image can be found here.