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4 of Cups
by Trogon

Card Meaning
Artistic Media
Artist's Bio


Essentially, I wanted to present an image similar to that of the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot. But, I wanted to create an image that was, well, CUTE! I chose to use my Lhasa Apso because she is just so adorable. Her name is Pooka, a variation of puca; "a legendary Irish spirit, mischievous but not malevolent, corresponding to the English Puck" (Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language - 1996 edition). The hand-model is my wife.

Here we see our mischievous little dog after she's satiated herself on the contents of the 3 cups on the sofa. She is a sneaky one Pooka sits staring into the cups, but ignoring the more elegant crystal cup filled with special treats.

Card Meaning

As I mentioned above, this card is strongly based in the RWS Tarot and the meanings I propose are based in that deck: This card can represent turning inward, quiet contemplation, meditation. Putting your thoughts together. Taking a needed time out or a vacation. A break in a creative process or a disruption to one's psychic sensitivity. Alternatively, focusing too much on sensual pleasures while ignoring spiritual growth or higher emotions. Getting in to things you shouldn't be indulging in. Overindulgence (such as over-eating, drunkenness, or other base pleasures) leads to boredom with those things. Becoming jaded. Perhaps actual hangover or other physical symptoms of these overindulgences. Dissatisfaction with life, losing interest in life. Lack of emotion or emotional "burnout". Emotional immaturity. Ignoring, or turning down a gift which has been offered.

Reversed - Coming out of a period of contemplation or stagnation. New relationships are possible. You're looking into things, or renewing interest in things you previously rejected. Accepting a gift. Renewal or increase in psychic sensitivity. Alternatively a feeling of restlessness, or feeling like things are too hectic.

Artistic Media

This is a composite of two original photographs. One is of Pooka on the sofa with the three plastic cups. The other was taken of my wife holding the crystal glass. Both pictures were prints which were scanned, then my wife's hand was selected and copied from the one photo, then pasted into the finished photo with the "cloud" digitally air-brushed in. Photo manipulation was done using Paint Shop Pro 6.

Artist's Bio

I'm 46 years old. I was raised in Arizona. I spent 8 years in the U.S. Navy as a missile technician (on submarines) and in a few other capacities. I've been working in law enforcement off-and-on since about 1980. I've been working at this same police department for over 15 years.

I had my first exposure to the Tarot when I was growing up as my mother had bought an Albano-Waite deck back in the 1960's. Then, several years ago our neighbor got me re-interested in the Tarot and began teaching me about the cards. She is the one who really got me started in Tarot reading. However, I do have to say that I've probably learned more about the Tarot in the months that I've been participating in the Aeclectic Tarot forums than in the past several years.

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