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Four of Cups

by Chronata

Card Meaning
Artistic Media
Artist's Bio


A young woman sits among the ruins of a temple. Three silver cups stand nearby, while a fourth cup…made of gold with white feathered wings, hovers enticingly near by.


The young woman holds in her hands, a labyrinth, a symbol that she is on the path to understanding herself and her spiritual goals, but she has a long way yet to go. The temple represents the Oracle at Delphi, suggesting that spiritual enlightenment may be found here, but she does not see it.

The silver cups are crudely designed, and speak of choices, goals, and possibilities…their unfinished look represents her potential…not yet formed. Above the temple, clocks float in the sky…that suggest both a timing issue, as she may be running out of time to make these choices…or a thought that she is “Killing Time” by sitting here idly.

Above her head, A gold winged cup hovers like a bird. The gold cup is Perfection, crafted of the very best material, but the wings make it difficult to catch, as it flies just out of her reach. She has taken to sitting there, contemplating her boredom, rather than pursue Perfection in her life.

Card Meaning

A choice of Stagnation. Boredom. Walking the long path of enlightenment, but being weary and caught up in the details. An offer that looks too good to be true. Waiting for good things to happen, rather than pursuing them. Being Reactive rather than Proactive. Apathy, Disenchantment. Needing a fresh approach.

Artistic Media

This card was created as a diorama. Including some collage, doll making, and sculptural elements.

Artist's Bio

Robyn Tisch Hollister is a Freelance Artist, Designer , Fortune Teller and Terrible Procrastinator who is the process of making many decks…both oracle and Tarot. The only one so far that is complete is her Minute Tarot, and that only because it was meant to be drawn quickly.

She is also the artist responsible for the Tarot of the Midnight Masquerade, currently available in Limited Edition form, and seriously behind in production.

Someday she hopes to finish something.

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