Devil and Four of Cups

 The Devil is the card of addictions, obsessions, sex, temptation and unhealthy patterns. It is also associated with money, fame and material possessions. The Four of Cups is related to routine, stagnation, dissatisfaction, boredom. Sometimes it points to an opportunity that goes unnoticed, while we focus on all the unpleasant things we experience. The combination of the Devil and the Four of Cups points to an addiction or obsession that has become a habit, a situation we feel there's no escape.

Possible Manifestations of the Devil and the Four of Cups

  • Being stuck, unable to make a positive change
  • A long lasting addiction/obsession
  • Being caught up in unhealthy patterns
  • Bad habits
  • Self-destructive behavior
  • Cruelty and isolation
  • Being mischievous out of boredom
  • Being emotionally attached in an unhealthy way
  • Being enslaved in a situation we cannot change or escape
  • Being absorbed by negative thinking
  • Having money but not happiness
  • Repeating negative patterns
  • Being controlled and unable to leave an unpleasant situation
  • Staying in ignorance
  • Unable to break an addiction
  • An addiction that has become a comfort zone
  • Boring sex
  • Feeing apathetic when it comes to money/sex
  • Placing emotional attachment to material things
  • Passively accepting an unwanted situation
  • Accumulating possessions makes you feel apathetic and void

Elemental Dignities

To understand the elemental relationships between the cards, we should always take into account their actual meaning. The elements of these cards are Earth (Devil) and Water (Four of Cups). Both elements are passive and strengthen each other. As a result, we should expect that the qualities of each card will be emphasized. The Devil is a strong force that keeps us captive, controlled, addicted, usually in devious ways and the Four of Cups is an energy that shows stagnation. This is a combination that does not allow for change and it will take much effort and discipline to break free.