Five of Cups
This is a very melancholy card. The Five of Cups is a card of the past. It’s about a loss. It’s about a sense of grief, sadness, pining for what used to be, or what might have been. There is a feeling of overwhelming disappointment, that something here didn’t work out the way you had envisioned.
This card embodies grief, regret, and the acknowledgement of our mistakes. It’s worthwhile to note, that the figure in the card is ignoring the two cups, which are still full behind him and, instead, is focusing on those that are spilled all over the ground. What’s done is done and what’s said is said. We can’t go back to the past and fix something, so we have to focus on the here and now instead.
It can mean you are dwelling on your losses, on your failures and you can’t see the good in a given situation. Just because you didn’t get everything you wanted, doesn’t mean that the entire situation is a loss.
Five of Cups Reversed
Usually a reversal in a reading means blocked energy, that something isn’t quite right. . In this case, the Five of Cups Reversed is the way you want this card to show up in your reading. The Five of Cups in Reverse means you are letting go of something or someone. This could be a person, a relationship, a disappointment, a loss of some sort. You have made your peace with it and you are no longer living in the past. It’s okay to feel regret and sadness, but you must let it go and move forward. This is acknowledging you will do better next time.
Five of Cups Yes or No
In a yes or no reading, the Five of Cups is definitely a “no.” Whatever you are seeking, will end in disappointment and regret here. Even if you were to get the thing you are asking about (a relationship, a job, someone’s love, etc.) it would only end in disappointment. There’s something wrong here.
Five of Cups Reversed Yes or No
In the reverse, this is still a “no.” There is some element of loss or sadness in this outcome. While this is a slightly better outcome than in the upright position, it’s a far cry from a successful result.
Five of Cups Love
Cups, in general, are about feelings and relationships, but this card in particular is about regret and loss. It’s not a great sign in a love reading.
This card can mean a break up or a separation, or even a divorce. You also might be focusing on the past in your relationship, thinking about the way things used to be. Dwelling on the past and the way things might have been is dangerous, it keeps us trapped.
Five of Cups Reversed Love
The Five of Cups can also be about regretting our actions, or maybe our inaction. In the reverse, this person may have gotten some perspective on the relationship and sees things differently now. This card might mean you are ready to move on after a break up, or you are willing to get past a fight or a disagreement. It’s important to pay attention to the cards surrounding it for more context clues.
Five of Cups as Feelings
When it comes to feelings, this card means heartbreak, loss, sadness, or dismay. It’s not a good sign when it comes to feelings. This person may be clinging to a past partner and they aren’t able to see what (or who) is right in front of their face. In this card, the figure is obsessed with the spilled cups and isn’t even noticing the two full cups that remain. This person might not appreciate you. This is definitely a card about living in the past or wishing things were different than they actually are.
Five of Cups Advice
There is some really good advice to be had in this card. We often focus on what we don’t have, what is no longer here. This card is a very good reminder to pay attention and to be grateful for the things you still have. You are being called to shift your perspective in this situation. Since you can’t change the situation, all you can do is adjust your own perspective. Human beings, in general, tend to look for the negative.
It’s worthwhile to note that two of the spilled cups in the card contain wine, which is the purple substance. While the other cup contains a green liquid. Some tarot readers believe that the third cup is filled with poison. Meaning, losing that particular cup wasn’t that big of a loss. While you may not have everything that you are looking for, you have enough. You just have to look for it.
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