Five of Cups Tarot Card

Five of Cups Tarot Card
Tarot Card Meanings: Understanding the Five of Cups in a Tarot Reading

The Five of Cups is a card of loss, disappointment and remorse. It often refers to issues of grief. In a Tarot reading, the Five of Cups can indicate an inability to move forward. Past hurts and wounds have not yet been fully processed.

Upright Five of Cups Tarot Card Meanings in a Tarot Reading
The Five of Cups urges one to move beyond their past hurts. It is a warning that a negative outlook about the future is preventing you from moving forward. This is the time to release your regrets of the past. In some cases, the Five of Cups refers to the need for forgiveness. You must be willing to forgive those who have hurt you, and more importantly, forgive yourself.

If you have recently suffered a loss or disappointment, it is important that you work through issues of self-blame and self-defeating attitudes. You may feel as though you have been abandoned or rejected by a loved one. If you are in a relationship that is causing you pain and anxiety, it may be wise to let the relationship go. All is not lost, however. There is still a valuable lesson to be learned. Take this experience and turn it into something that helps you learn more about who you are.

In Love Tarot, the Five of Cups can indicate a loss, separation or divorce. If you are in a relationship, the Five of Cups can also indicate adversity. Be careful that you do not continuously compare you partner to those of your past. If you are single, you may need to acknowledge your own fears when it comes to intimacy. Past relationships may be haunting you. You may be rejecting new mates based on your fears of getting close to someone.

  • Loss
  • Feeling abandoned
  • Painful past memories
  • Self-blame
  • The need to walk away from a painful relationship
  • The need for forgiveness

Reversed Five of Cups Tarot Card Meanings in a Tarot Reading
In a reversed position, The Five of Cups can indicate that one’s emotional pain is beginning to subdue. You are on the road of recovery and healing. The Five of Cups also urges one to find acceptance. You may need to finally come to terms with the fact that a relationship is over. At the same time, you need to gain a deeper acceptance of yourself.

In some cases, a reversed Five of Cups indicates an over-attachment to one’s past. You can not move forward until you are willing to let go of old huts and wounds. If this process can not be achieved, you may feel as though you are trapped. You may be projecting your past experiences into your current ones. The only way to break free is to consciously walk through the grief until you reach the other side.

  • Acceptance
  • Pain is coming to an end
  • Process of healing
  • Over-attachment to one’s past
  • The need to let go

To learn more about the Five of Cups and relationships, see the Love Tarot section.

© 2010 All Rights Reserved. Images of individual tarot cards are from the Aquatic Tarot Deck created by Andreas Schröter and are used with his permission. They are for example purposes only.


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