The Five of Cups Tarot Card

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- July 21, 2022
Written by Aimi Davis 
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The Five of Cups is a tarot card that often signifies disappointment and loss. 

It can indicate that you have recently gone through a challenging time, and your circumstances haven't quite turned out as you had hoped. 

This can be in regards to money, health, or romance.

It's important to remember that this card also symbolises moving on from the past and looking ahead to the future.

There is hope on the horizon.

If you draw this card, it may be an indication that you ought to take some time for yourself to grieve or heal your energy.

How is the Five of Cups tarot card depicted?

The Five of Cups is often depicted as a man walking away from five spilt cups (or goblets) in a cloak.

You cannot see his face, but this card is often an omen of fatigue and boredom. 

This card is often a sign of emotional depression, disappointment, or sadness over something that has happened in the past. 

It can also suggest that you can't find good in any situation.

He wallows in self-pity and ignores the potential of a happier life.

Even though the figure on the card has lost three cups, he still has two left, but he doesn't know how lucky he is. 

The figure is in front of a river with a bridge that leads to a safe place, but all he can think about is where his cups went.

Key facts and statistics

  • The Five of Cups is a Minor Arcana tarot card.
  • It is associated with the element of Water.
  • The Five of Cups tarot card is associated with the planet Saturn.
  • The Five of Cups is the fifth card in the suit of Cups.
  • The card can also represent a need for self-care and self-love.

Commonly associated keywords

  • Disappointment.
  • Loss.
  • Sadness.
  • Worthlessness.
  • Loneliness.
  • Despair (Helplessness)
  • Moving on.
  • Self-love (Self-care)
  • Optimism.
  • Better days.

What should you do if you get the Five of Cups in a psychic reading?

If you receive the Five of Cups in a psychic reading, it is necessary to remember that the meaning of this card is hope.

It's time to acknowledge your losses and find as many opportunities as possible to confront your feelings of dejection.

Life has taught you many lessons about regret, misery and apathy.

No matter how bleak your existing situation may appear, know that things can and will get better. 

This is a moment to focus on your well-being. 

Take time to grieve, process your emotions, or relax and recharge.

Don't feel ashamed to ask for help from the people you love the most.

Share your issues with your most trusted friend or family member.

You should look forward to the future with optimism. 

The Five of Cups signals that better days are on their way. 

Trust that peace will come in the end.

Even when it seems like all is forgotten, there will always be a bright light of hope. Just expand your view of the universe and find it.

Upright meaning and interpretation

The Five of Cups card indicates a setback from which you will get back some or all of what you lost. 

There are possibilities of you making extra money.

It's a bittersweet card that tends to make a loss less painful and reminds you that every win comes with a cost.

It's OK to recognise that you're sad. 

Just remember that what you are going through is not a total mess.

Let go of your feelings of gloom and hopelessness.

Two cups are still standing behind you. What's left will be enough to start again, and you'll not likely have to start from scratch.

This is an excellent time to heal old wounds and feel comfortable accepting who you truly are.

The Five of Cups can also be interpreted as feeling sorry for yourself or melancholic. 

Melancholy can sometimes be a sign of a spiritual problem or even a crisis of faith.

You may feel like you have made a mistake, and it's hard to see anything good in your current situation. 

If this is the case, take some time for yourself to grieve or process your emotions. Once you've done that, try to look ahead to the future with optimism. 

Reversed meaning and interpretation

The Five of Cups reversed can suggest that you are coming out of a time of extreme sadness and grief.

Things may be getting better for you in a physical sense. It may signify that you may have solved a big mental or spiritual problem.

You might feel bright about the future and the journey you're about to embark on.

This is the most opportune time to start new, either with your current situation or by moving on from the past.

If you have been holding onto pain or resentment, now is the time to let it go.

Forgive yourself and others, and concentrate on the positive.

The Five of Cups reversed can also imply that you're wasting your life feeling sorry for yourself.

It's essential to move on from the past and not think about what could have been.

Focus on the present moment and what you can do to make the future bright.

Love and relationships

In a love reading, the Five of Cups may mean you will break up with the person you love. 

You'll be surprised when your relationship ends, and you'll feel abandoned and alone.

Your break-up can shock your spirit because you genuinely believe they were 'the one'.

There may be feelings of sadness and grief, but it's important to remember that this is not the end for you.

Heartbreak is not a sign of failure on your part. You need to experience these emotions to grow as a person.

Constantly keep in mind that everything happens for a reason. 

If you didn't fulfil the needs of your loved one from the start, they probably wouldn't change their mind no matter how hard you try.

Acceptance is the best thing you can do and move on.

If you're single, the Five of Cups hints at the unhappiness you feel because of a failed romance in the past.

You likely still care about this person, disregarding or limiting possible new connections. 

You should remember that when you do this, you only hurt yourself.

Have no regrets or guilt about the mistakes someone else has made. Keep your heart full of forgiveness and focus on healing.

Careers and finance

The Five of Cups in a career reading indicates that you may be going through some challenging times at work. 

You might have lost your job, or you're unhappy with it. 

This is a moment to evaluate your situation and find a way to move on.

You should never forget that when one door closes, another opens in another part of your life. 

If you spend an unhealthy amount of time thinking about bad things, you won't have the strength to look for a new opportunity.

It's also possible that you're holding onto resentment towards a past employer. 

Let go of that negativity so you can focus on the present.

In terms of finances, the Five of Cups suggests that you may have suffered a recent setback. 

This could be a loss of money, but it doesn't have to be permanent. 

You may need to make some changes in your spending habits, but you'll be able to recover from this.

Is the Five of Cups a yes card?

No, the Five of Cups is not a yes card. It suggests that you may be going through some tough times, but you'll be able to overcome them. Keep your head up and focus on the future. Things will get better.

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