Sadness, Tears, Separation, Loss, Death, Loneliness, Inheritance
The 5 of Cups is a card of sadness. With the 5 of Cups, you will find yourself in a rather negative place. During this time, you will be feeling a bit sorry for yourself.
Typically, the 5 of Cups makes an appearance during break ups. While these will be difficult at first, the card promises that there are other lovers out there which will be better suited to your personality. Notice how on the Rider Waite Smith card design there are cups left standing? This symbolizes the fact that your life is not over after this particular failure.
Sometimes, the 5 of Cups can predict feelings of general doom and gloom. The cards are telling you that, if you feel depressed, you need to seek the help of people who understand; don’t try to battle these feelings alone.
Work, business and projects usually fail the first time round and the 5 of Cups reflects this energy. While this may seem bad at first, try not to dwell on what you have lost and look at the valuable experience you have gained.
With the 5 of Cups all is not lost. There will be something salvageable from the endings you have encountered. You may get a second chance at what you have lost or, if that doesn’t look likely, at least you would have learned lessons for the future. The universe likes a trier.
The Five of Cups’ Historical Meaning
In more ancient times, the 5 of Cups Tarot card was associated with legacy and inheritances. This monetary interpretation is possibly why now the 5 of Cups is associated with loss; because inheritances come after death. Typically, readers do not associate this card with death now-a-days however that does not mean that it sometimes cannot take on this meaning.
Worried that the 5 of Cups means that someone is going to suddenly die? Do not fear. The type of death of the 5 of Cups will not come as a surprise as it would with a quick card such as the Death Tarot card. Therefore, if there is not someone in your life already terminally ill then the chances that the 5 of Cups predicts death is slim.
The Five of Cups in a Love Reading
From its basic interpretation, the meaning of the 5 of Cups is pretty obvious; the future and outcome of your relationship do not look good. The 5 of Cups is one of the typical ‘break up’ and heartache cards. If you’re hoping that your lover will come back after this, the 5 of Cups is not a good sign.
Curious to know what someone is feeling about you? The 5 of Cups can reflect the fact that this person has a depressive mood. They may be so stress and wrapped up in themselves that they’re not interested in giving any energy to anybody else just now. If you're interested in delving deeper into what's on their mind, I have a Tarot spread in my Love Tarot Spreads e-book which does just that.
The Five of Cups in a Business Reading
The business interpretation for the 5 of Cups is pretty clear. This Tarot card reflects abandoned projects and scrapped plans. What you once thought looked nice and promising is now down in the dumps.
Alternatively, the 5 of Cups can be a sign that you allow your mood to dictate the actions and energy you put into your business. You may struggle with consistency. If this sounds like you, your Tarot cards are urging you to find meaning in your work instead of looking at it as one more thing to be down about. If you are not happy in this business then perhaps its time to find a new one.
The Five of Cups as a Yes or No
Unfortunately, the 5 of Cups is a no.
The Five of Cups as a Positive
In a positive reading, the Five of Cups can predict;
- Large sums of money gifted to you
- Learning from your mistakes
- Valuable experience earned
The Five of Cups as a Negative
In a more negative reading, the Five of Cups can predict;
- The end of relationships
- The failure of a business
- Death of a loved one
- Depressive mood
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Cards used in this post are from The Wooden Tarot Deck.