Five of Cups Tarot Meaning

Five of Cups Tarot Guide

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This post is intended to be a mini Five of Cups Tarot Guide. It is important to mention that the longer you work with the cards the more you will discover how they speak to you. For example, the Five of Cups does have a theme and traditional meaning but I recommend leaving “space” for the card to speak to you. Over time, you may discover that the card represents unique insights or themes for you personally.

Suit of Cups Summary

Numerology of the #5 – Themes

  • Number 5 energy is dynamic and resonates with action, change, impulsivity, and a lack of control, and is responsive in the moment. 
  • Positive energies of the number 5 are stimulating, charismatic, optimistic, inspiring, daring, adventurous, energetic, sensual, tolerant, flexible, adaptable, curious, enthusiastic, easy-going, and free-spirited.
  • Negative energies are irresponsibility, boredom, and excitability. 5’s can also be associated with indulgence.

Five of Cups Tarot – Upright Meaning

  • Represents Mars, Fixed, Scorpio Energy
  • The 5 of Cups often represents a loss in love or in pleasure as shown is the 3 spilled cups. The querent feels disappointed and is struggling to see the 2 cups that are still intact. They need to notice what they have left.  The 5 of Cups shows us what we don’t want so we can focus on what we DO want. It is time to put energy into cups you have left to move towards the positive vision in the card. 
  • This card can also represent reflection on past regrets of not having acted differently. The remaining cups are choices that are available to the individual – they should recognize the choices in front of them and leave the memories behind. 
  • The querent is experiencing a loss so there is a period of temporary mourning. This is the card of emotional heartbreak (an intimate relationship that has failed) but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. 
  • There is healing in the energy of this card if the querent can look at themselves honestly. This reflects the challenges of emotions. The querent may be over-identifying with their emotions so there may be an opportunity to work through old emotional habits and patterns. 

Shadow Side of the Five of Cups

  • The first interpretation of the 5 of Cups reversed can represent a situation where sadness is defining the current circumstances especially if the cards around it are negative. The querent is experiencing a loss that feels overwhelming and never-ending. 
  • The second interpretation can suggest a return to hope and a renewal after a recent loss especially if the cards around it are positive. It suggests that they have the courage to deal with the loss, the situation will get better and new allies will help with healing. The querent is making progress in moving on. 

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