Five of Cups

Written by Jacob. Published on September 16th, 2011 at 16:33.

Five of Cups Rider Waite Tarot

Five of Cups Artwork Description

“A dark, cloaked figure, looking sideways at three prone cups; two others stand upright behind him; a bridge is in the background, leading to a small keep or holding.” 1

Five of Cups Associations

  • Five: Instability; loss; imbalance; struggle.
  • Element: Water.
  • Timing: Autumn; slothy; dynamic.
  • Direction: West/indirect; continuity.
  • Keywords: Relationships; family, friends, strangers, enemies; coworkers; romance/lovers; emotional attachments to other sentient beings or highly valued things.

Five of Cups Basic Meaning

The Five of Cups is about regret. Something you’ve desired is now lost. A negative or unhealthy attachment to something remains. This mourning process is natural but unnecessary. In this case, it’s over something that can’t be controlled, and is being dragged out longer than it should have to be. Push the Querent to move forward.

Additional Interpretations

“Emotionally hurtful conflict; a change brought on by loss or regret; pay attention to the positive things that you have left; emotional disappointment; loss of a friend; foolish regret.” 2

“A young man looks down in despair at three spilled cups of wine, never seeing the two still standing. This is the card of spilled milk. It suggests an obsession over something that has been lost so much so that what remains goes unnoticed. The querent might be feeling disappointed in someone for not living up to their expectations, making them blind to the person’s good qualities. Or the querent themselves might have done something they now regret, and they just can’t get past it.

Remember the Four of Cups and how much fault and dissatisfaction the man found with his three cups? Now they’re gone and he is humbled, crushed. Why didn’t he value them as he should have? Two cups remain, but he may not know they’re there, or he may fears to look back. What if they, too are gone?

The question: “How do I stop from drowning in these mortifying feelings?” The answer is to have the strength to stop staring down at what went wrong. There is no finding redemption if you’re too lost in woe and fear to look for it.

The querent is likely going through a time where they feel shame over their bad feelings, regret over something they lost or knocked over. The reader must remind them that all is not so hopeless as it seems. They can redeem themselves.” 3

“Meaning: It is a card of loss, but something remains over; three have been taken, but two are left; it is a card of inheritance, patrimony, transmission, but not corresponding to expectations; with some it is a card of marriage, but not without bitterness or frustration. Generally favourable; a happy marriage.

Reversed: News, alliances, affinity, consanguinity, ancestry, return, false projects. Return of some relative who has not been seen for long.” 1

Axank’s Dream Recollection

August 15-16, 2011
I was SO close to having enough fragments of a dream to put a story together.