One moves past the languor of the Three of Cups to make oneself useful. As the maxim goes, “Before enlightenment: chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment: chop wood, carry water.” The simple necessities of life are a constant, balancing out whatever drama plays in the soul. This card shows someone living a well-tempered life, pushing forward through spiritual excess by useful work. In a negative light, it could also signify ennui or boredom with a routine.
This card links to the Seven of Cups, whose character also goes out to forage.