Card Meaning: Five Of Cups

Five of Cups


    Main motives in this card are obviously sadness and loss. This cloaked figure is under no circumstances satisfied with the current situation, probably some dissapointment or rejection took place. Three chalices are knocked down while two remain upright. There is even blood red stains on the ground near the lost chalices. Obviously there was a serious loss but two chalices remains and the figure has turned his back to them. There is no appreciation for what is left. The river and the bridge suggests that everything will pass and there is always a bridge across unhappy times.


Positive: re-evaluation, reassessment, learn from experience, not everything is lost.

Negative: incomplete partnership, loss, turmoil, regret, futility, sense of loss, bad luck.

   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. Divanatory Meanings: 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 interpreters it is a card of marriage, but not without bitterness or frustration. Reversed: News, alliances, affinity, consanguinity, ancestry, return, false projects.

The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, by A.E. Waite

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