Meanings of the Cards
The Tarot is more than a simple pack of cards. The pack itself comprises 78 cards which combine to form the 'arcana' - symbolic representations of ancient wisdom. These are divided into The Major and the Minor Arcana. The Major Arcana comprises 22 “trump” cards covering pretty much all aspects of human experience (and quite a bit of divine stuff too). The 56 'Minor' cards are split into the four elemental suits of Earth, Water, Fire and Air. Though these Suits have a variety of names, depending upon which deck you happen to be looking at, we stick here with those names accorded them in the Thoth Tarot deck, whose images you see across the site.
The Four of Cups
The Lord of Luxury is a card with a hidden sting in its tail. On the surface it indicates a wealth of loving affection, showing a person who is lucky enough to receive a great deal of devotion and tenderness.
At first look, you would think we would be all too pleased with this situation wouldn't you? However, the sting is this - sometimes, when we are loved deeply and for a long period of time, we are foolish enough to forget what it feels like when we are lonely and unloved. And as soon as we make that mistake, we start to undervalue the tenderness and emotional investment that others are making in us.
We begin to get careless about the ways in which we treat those people who love us. We may hanker after love from some-one outside our circle, instead of valuing those people closer to hand who love us from the bottom of their hearts.
In other words, we can begin to take love for granted. And there are three things in this world we are all silly to take for granted - love, good health and tranquillity. Every one of them slips away silently if we stop paying it due attention.
So, when the Lord of Luxury appears, whilst you will know that there is a great deal of love in the air, there's also a warning which must be taken on board - count your blessings, reciprocate, and don't get your priorities in a mess. That way you'll carry on being loved for a very long time.