This card makes me think of the slow, lazy summer twilight that the picture was snapped in. Here we have a little fairy fellow lying at the side of a brook, letting the world and the stream float along as dragonflies dart about their business. Whatever they’re doing, he’s certainly not. He’s a bit lugubrious, drifting inwards, hitting the doldrums, and yet… maybe… on the verge of being a little Zen?
This card this week tells us of a period in which we experience a little bit of languid energy where we feel a sense of peace coming in, but it can also feel like depression or ennui where instead of seeing the bounty and awesomeness in front of our eyes, we’re tempted to laze and dull ourselves to the hum and flow of life. But see those dragon-flies buzzing? — they actually are trying to incite us to life, to creative pulses, and breathing creativity into things even when we know that one thing/project is coming to an end. A period of working harder… but working SMARTER is at hand.
With the relaxed and peaceful vibe of the picture, though, this is not an incitement to run around acting with intellect and to go crazy working your fingers to the nubs with the hard work now on the table. It just means you don’t have to be held back by feelings of drift or sadness. In fact, the restful energy means that you will be more tuned in to what YOU think about things and your heart feelings (not just your intellect or mind) … internal reflection is the hallmark of this card, but it’s not living in your brain either.
The four of cups (here the Four of Summer) can also indicate that there’s an offer or opportunity on the table and you’re taking your time to fully gather the facts and survey your heart before making a leap. You are not making hasty decisions or choices based on fear or “what if I don’t pick this option?” instead – you’re taking it all in the evidence and allowing yourself to detach from outcomes for a time.
Enjoy your detachment or sense of calm, but this is not the week to go so far into detachment that it’s depression or isolation. The theme this week is all about healing what can cause us to feel the doldrums or disappointment. A great card to have because I’ve been feeling that one of the “themes” this month is help in healing our sense of disappointment so we can feel POSITIVE about whatever is coming.
About this deck: The Victorian Fairy Tarot by Lunaea Weatherstone and Gary Lippincott, published by Llewellyn, is one of the most beautifully painted and illustrated tarot decks ever created. Even if you’re not into “fairies” – this one is worth it just for the artwork