Five of Cups Tarot Card, in its core, represents getting emotional over the losses and feeling broken. This card is associated with the Water element, representing the Zodiac signs of Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces, and its season is Summer.
Five of Cups, being the fifth card of the Cups Suit, carries all the qualities of number 5, which in a psychic reading would be translated to conflict but also hope, challenge, need for spirituality, loss, a change of heart or status, rebuild from what was destroyed.
Table of Contents
- 1 Five of Cups Meaning
- 2 Five of Cups – One card pull [Yes or No]
- 3 Five of Cups – Love and Relationships
- 4 Five of Cups – Finance, Business and Career
- 5 Five of Cups – Timing
- 6 Five of Cups – The Message Answer
- 7 Five of Cups – Cards Combinations
Five of Cups Meaning
When drawing tarot cards, usually they are put in a vertical setting, spread on a timeline of the past, present, and future. In this kind of drawing, the Five of Cups may come up straight, as well as reversed. Some psychic readers do like to read reversed tarot cards. Some don’t. Either way, the other tarot cards in the drawing will make up for the way the psychic readers conduct their readings because a Tarot Card deck is connected to the energy of the psychic reader, so it ‘talks’ to them.
Merging the qualities of number “Five” and the qualities of the “Cups Suit,” the Five of Cups card would represent:
|Taking some losses||Letting go of hope|
|Being defeated||Things being taken away from you|
|Saying last goodbyes||Having setbacks|
|Breaking up or divorce||Losing love|
|Longing for reconciliation||Grief period, sorrow|
|Drowning in regret or disappointment||Wishing to turn back time|
|Wishing for what might have been||Obsessing over past mistakes|
|Doubting your choices|
In a reverse position, the Five of Cups would mean precisely the opposite of its core qualities, bringing in the drawing:
|Finding the strength to move on||Healing and forgiving|
|Accepting help and support||Releasing emotional baggage|
|Letting go of grief, regrets||Overcoming sorrow and despair|
|Seeing the light again|
There are also spreads where the tarot cards pulled are placed on vertical as well as horizontal positions. If the Five of Cups would sit in a horizontal position, it advises you to look within yourself and trust your choices.
You may find yourself at the point of breaking down because of regret, sorrow, or things not being the way you like it. You feel at the edge of losing it all, falling into depression, or giving to your anxiety. You should remember that the sun will come out again, and you have the power and the choice to make things better and change situations for better.
Five of Cups – One card pull [Yes or No]
One Card Readings are usually done when you need a fast, straight to the point answer, you wish not to see the future events or the past events, you just need a specific answer on the question, for a present situation that is bothering you. You shuffle the cards, then choose only One Card, or you read the One Card that falls out while you are shuffling. Whichever method you use to pull the card, listed below are some of the questions and answers you may get when you pick the Five of Cups.
Yes or No Answer
Upright Position: If you pull the card in an upright position, it means Yes, but whatever comes may not stay for long.
Reversed Position: If you pull the card in a reversed position, it means No, you need to heal more.
Five of Cups – Love and Relationships
The Five of Cups would signify that your relationship is at the point of dissolving. You may be going through a breakup or divorce, or you may soon go through it. You both have let it slip between your fingers, broken to pieces that seem hard to be put back together.
You may be still in grief for your loss and in denial of what has happened, refusing to let it go. This relationship is not worth holding onto anymore because one of you has already let it go in their mind, even though you or your partner may not have communicated it yet.
How someone sees you or feels about you?
The answer would be they see you as someone who may not be there for them emotionally, or physically, even if you are standing right next to them. Depending on the circumstances, they may feel you are lost in the past, and you don’t see them for who they are. This may also indicate that they see you burdening yourself with mistakes or being afraid to accept their help. This may also be the case when you punish them for small mistakes, or you treat them like everything they do is wrong.
Just starting dating?
If you have started dating this new person, the Five of Cups may indicate that your date sees you as someone who has recently come out of a relationship and is seeking someone else to fill the same shoes, aka the identical copy of an ex, or someone to help them forget their ex. This is not a comfortable role for anybody, and your date may choose to break things off with you or even ghost you in this situation.
What not to do?
In terms of what not to do, it would advise you to seek professional help or therapy if you feel like your relationship is slipping through your fingers. It also encourages you not to focus on past mistakes, especially if you have talked about them once or twice, and you have decided to still be in the relationship. You should find a way to forgive and forget and move on. If you can’t do that, it is better to let it go.
Reverse Position (Love and Relationships)
If you pull the Five of Cups, reversed, it indicates a relationship that has gone through many trials and dark times, but it is slowly standing back up on its feet. You both have started to heal yourselves, maybe through seeking professional help or beginning to communicate with each other more honestly and openly. It also indicates that the struggles you have been through have shaped your personalities and your relationship, and if you continue to keep up the healthy coping mechanism, you may come out of this stronger.
Five of Cups – Finance, Business and Career
In business and career, the Five of Cups is a bad omen that indicates a job loss or you going out of business. It can also suggest that you may abandon a project or fail at it. Regarding finances, it indicates a significant loss that you have possibly seen coming, but you didn’t think much of it, or you did not care to seek professional financial help.
On the bright side, the job or the business may still be retrieved, and the economic situation may even turn for good, only if you do your job, research and you invest wisely on it. Otherwise, start looking for new opportunities.
What not to do?
The Five of Cups would advise you to trust yourself more and gain a better understanding of the business world if you own a business or your job duties if you work a 9-5 job. It also advises you to seek financial help if you need it, so you don’t lose more than what you already have. Maybe you will get yourself in debt, but that will help you keep your head above water until you are in a better financial situation where you can pay the debts and move forward from there.
Reverse Position (Business and Finance)
In this case, it could indicate a job accepting to hire you or a turning of events for the better. It can mean that you have gone through a job loss or many interviews that you did not get, but you managed to work on yourself, be it gaining more experience, educating yourself, finding a mentor, or a friend helping you out. It also indicates you have learned from past mistakes, and you are willing to apply the lessons not to fall low anymore.
Five of Cups – Timing
When will something happen answer?
If it is a question that involves around the timing of an event and you pull the Five of Cups, this would mean that whatever you desire or wonder about will manifest slowly. Still, it will grow inflow, as a Water element indicates steady but assertive flowing movement.
How soon is that, it would be kind of complicated because it could mean Summertime, or that of a Zodiac Sign season Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces.
It would also be counted in months, or around the 5th, 14h, 23rd, of a month. The way you want to interpret this is keeping in mind that whatever you are asking about is coming, slowly growing over time and becoming a steady flow of blessings. With the Cups Suit, the best way to go around figuring out the time, would always be to think at least one later, and it would go something like this: If it is already Spring, your best bet would be around Scorpio season.
Five of Cups – The Message Answer
Sometimes, we don’t have a specific question. We just want to know how our day will look like, or how we should approach the day ahead. This reading is usually done in the morning, so you form an idea of what that day will bring you.
The Five of Cups would foretell a day when you will have a hard time coping, you may catch yourself focusing on the past or feeling blue due to nostalgia and wishing for things you have not.
If you pull the Five of Cups in reverse, it indicates a day when you will feel better, you may start your healing process or find a new meaning to past experiences that will change your perspective and mindset, helping you cope better.
Five of Cups – Cards Combinations
That’s why it is essential to have a look at how the Five of Cups communicates with the other Tarot Cards. Taking into account, there are 78 Tarot Cards in a deck. We will have a look at how the Five of Cups would be interpreted and affect the outcome of the reading in the light of Suits.
Interaction with the Cup Suits
The Cup Suits represent emotions, feelings, relationships, and contract-ships. This is a Suit associated with the Water element. If we were to draw the Five of Cups along with the Cup Suits, this would foretell you have lost yourself in the emotional world. Maybe you are too obsessed with that one love you can’t have or that you let go, that you can’t appreciate new suitors or family and friends trying to be there for you, wanting your support and your attention. It can also be the case when you have lost someone dear to you, and you are going through the grief process and regrets.
Interaction with the Pentacles Suits
The Five of Cups, along with another card of the Pentacles Suit, would foretell a loss of money, financial status, social status, or loss of a job. This spread indicates that you may be the one sabotaging yourself because you are focusing on what you don’t have rather than what you can do to make it better and have a better income. Sure, the losses are hard to take, but if you don’t keep moving, you will lose much more.
Interaction with the Swords Suits
The Swords Suit, along with the Five of Cups, is also an exciting drawing. The Swords Suit gets its share of being a negative suit. This spread would indicate that you feel knocked down, and you can’t seem to get yourself back up. Maybe you need some support, but you are still not asking for it. It can also indicate that you are dealing with depression, in which case you should seek immediate help and talk to your trusted people.
Interaction with the Wands Suits
The Five of Cups and the Wands Suit is a beautiful combination that foretells choices that don’t bring you what you desire. This spread indicates that you are taking action to manifest your heart’s wishes, but you don’t see your dreams coming true for you. You are fighting to keep your head above water, and you feel the emotional whirlwind begin. You won’t be able to pull it of, unless you keep moving.
Overall, the Five of Cups, either by itself or pulled in a tarot card draw, is a card of taking losses, going through a grief process, or breaking up. You’re not able to move forward and refuse to help yourself because you can’t see how to make things better if you don’t have what you want.