The Five of Cups tarot card shows a lone figure, cloaked in a black cape drawn tightly around their shoulders, and their head bowed. They are facing away so very little of their body and face is visible. At their feet in the foreground are five chalices, two of which remain upright and three which have fallen over and the liquid inside is spilled onto the ground. In front of this figure is a stream and in the far distance a small castle.
Five of Cups Tarot Card Meanings- Sadness, abandonment, negativity, loss, trauma, grief, emotional instability, isolation, regret, loneliness, despair, anger, and guilt.
The Five of Cups is one in the Minor Arcana many people fear receiving. This tarot card is an indicator of grief, sorrow, loss, emotional baggage, loneliness, and despair. None of these descriptors bode well for a person looking for good news but it’s important to keep the greater picture in mind. Put the card into the context of your life, so to speak. While it may feel as though you’ve lost everything, it’s important to view the whole card- two chalices remain upright. You’ve not lost everything, including hope. However, it can indicate that things have been left unfinished or regrets remain in your mind.
Love & Relationships- In its worst case, the Five of Cups tarot card is a bad omen. It signifies the loss of someone you love. You are completely overwhelmed by loneliness and sadness brought about by a break up. You feel like your perfect partner just went away and abandoned you. Now you are so devastated it’s to the point that your past relationship is slowly consuming you. You have isolated yourself and contemplate over and over again about this heart-breaking event in your life. And as you can expect, nothing is changing and you continue to feel miserable. But as mentioned above, not all is lost. It’s up to you to see the possibilities in the situations around you to move one and find new love. This can also apply to a loved one with whom you’ve lost contact, either by death or by circumstance.
Money & Career- Again, a bad omen as this card signifies failure. Struggles are coming and you may end up losing your job or losing your business. The Five of Cups tarot card shows an unwanted change of circumstances forthcoming and this will bring about depression, frustration, and anger. Financial loss is also possible so try to save enough and mange your finances wisely to help you through this phase in life. The good news is this period of loss will end at some point before you lose it all.
Health & Wellness- Well, guess what? The situation remains the same and this card foretells that your emotional or physical health will continue to suffer. Relief and healing do exist for you in the future but currently you’ll struggle with feeling isolated, depressed, and sadness. It isn’t easy being ill. It isn’t easy feeling like you have no one who understands the way you are feeling. As the card shows, though, you do have the opportunity to change things because all is not lost. Visit a health care professional or call your confidant and cry on their shoulder. In truth, you are not alone and by taking action to rely on your professional and personal support system you will cope through this trying time.
Spirituality- Your connection with the spiritual realm is greatly affected by the strength of the emotions that you are feeling right now. Those negative feelings of inferiority, regret, anger, disappointment, and grief all consume massive amounts of psychic energy. You’re exhausted spiritually. How can you possibly recover? It will be a long process but every tiny change is a step forward. Release your negative feelings in order to avoid blocking the connection you have with the universe. Accepting that sometimes bad things happen to good people but that you can find the psychic growth in your struggles will help you navigate through this trying time and re-establish your connection with oneness.
Five of Cups Tarot Card Meanings Reversed- Healing, forgiveness, letting go of sadness/grief/sorrow/regret/guilt, acceptance, releasing emotional baggage, and overcoming despair.
Love & Relationships- With the Five of Cups tarot card reversed you have the opportunity to realize that you still have a chance to find meaningful relationships despite all you’ve been through. It doesn’t necessarily mean plunging into a relationship with just anybody, though. You’ve come through a tough circumstance and in many cases still remain quite guarded. The time will come when you’ll be ready to open yourself up again. You will know when you meet that person so trust your intuition. Mourning or sadness have their place, honor and accept them and how they serve you, then when your mourning period is over and the wound has begun scarring, let them go as they do not serve you past this point. Happiness awaits in the future.
Money & Career- The inverted card serves as a reminder to be grateful for whatever is left. Although you’ve lost a lot you have not lost it all. You’re capable and resourceful and you will rebuild what you’ve lost if you can get out of your own way. Dwelling on the past does not serve your progress forward. You have the power to change the situation and it begins with invoking an attitude of gratitude for what you have to work with. Invite positivity into your life and watch the influence it has on your wealth.
Health & Wellness- Same as its upright, the Five of Cups implies that the longer you hold on to the intense negative feelings the greater their adverse affect on your health. It is really important to seek professional help in order to move past not only the negativity, but any conditions the stress and depression caused. It is treatable and you can feel like your old self again, just a wiser and more insightful self.
Spirituality- Your spirit is stirring and soon you’ll feel ready to start your journey again. You’ll feel refreshed and rejuvenated, but more world weary and aware of just what kind of pitfalls exist on the spiritual plane. Often times, taking baby steps back to your journey and spending time with those who encourage your spiritual growth is the best place to start. Falls are inevitable but how you process the landing will influence your ability to get up and moving again. You have all the resources you need for this, so use them.
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