5 OF CUPS
5 OF CUPS TAROT CARD MEANING
TAROT KEY MEANINGS
Light Seer (Upright): grieving, disillusion, disappointment, betrayal, bitterness, wallowing, self-pity, can signify a broken heart
Shadow Seer (Reversed): a time to nurture more self-love, making sure you aren’t repressing your emotions, opening up to the possibility of lovenot letting go of past trauma, crying over spilled milk, rooting deeply into shadow work without healing and letting go, old stories that become a part of us, callousness, becoming jaded
5 OF CUPS OVERVIEW
Empty. She had five full cups. ‘Five.’ She wallows in her empty cups, and they overtake her mind and her heart. ‘Gone. Empty. Spilled. My loves.’ Her grief consumes her, and soon enough she feels totally indifferent to the one cup that still sits, sparkling with all of its joy and possibility. ‘Lies!’ she screams into the night, and picks up the last cup. ‘I don’t want to feel this anymore. Why are you there looking so shiny and happy?’ In her grief and confusion she detaches. ‘And what right do you have to pretend that there is life here? Vitality? Options?’ Sinking deeper, she pushes her foot into the sand, and tips the last of her joy into the thirsty earth. ‘There it goes.’ She watches her life-force drain slowly. Now, now… she will have every excuse to let it all go down the hole, as she has made sure there is nothing left here to strive for.
MESSAGE FROM THE 5 OF CUPS
The illusion is lifting, and when life doesn’t go the way we expect it to, we can suddenly feel hit with a new reality that is both painful and disappointing. If your dark night of the soul was a result of someone else’s deception or betrayal, you may have been wounded and hurt in the process. In order to avoid a calloused heart, find seeds of forgiveness and release yourself from any guilt around the situation. You didn’t have all the information. You did what you could, at the time. When we realize that the career, relationship, solution or direction we were working towards is no longer an option, it’s easy to allow our energy to stagnate and spiral into self-pity. Don’t allow your life force to drain away with the things you once loved. Allow your tender heart to navigate towards truth, and towards the curative magic of finding faith in your future. If you are having a hard time letting go of the past (and losing your ability to dream as a result!) it’s time to unhook your heart from your fragmented expectations and to give yourself permission to envision a brighter future. Dismantle your grief, reclaim your happiness, and consciously step back towards a path filled with the anticipation of hope.
QUESTIONS FOR THE SEER
• Sweet spark, what would happen if you gathered all of your life-force energy and brought it close to your heart? If you said no to allowing it to slip away? If you plugged the draining energy and actively reclaimed it all?
• Taking the time you need to grieve losses can be difficult. Are you finding time in this fast paced world to process, integrate, and grow?
• Finding your bright future means actively looking for it. Make a list of the things you love to do and the people you love to be with. Is there anything on this list that has clues to your next steps?