Five of Cups – Meanings & Interpretation – Minor Arcana

Five of Cups Meaning In A Tarot Reading

The Five of Cups tarot card represents defeat and setback. Like all Fives in the Minor Arcana, it represents a struggle in the path of this suit. When this card appears in a tarot reading you’ll find your life inundated with regret, grief, and sorrow. But there is the potential for healing and moving on contained within this card as well.


Regret • Change • Despair • Disappointment • Depression • Loss • Lack of Hope

Five of Cups Tarot Card Meanings – Upright

When the Five of Cups arrives, you are likely feeling as though you aren’t achieving your goals. Or having achieved them they aren’t fulfilling in the way you hoped they would be.five of cups

This often indicates a tendency to focus on the regrets and pessimism. This tarot card reminds you that there is some hope left, and to take lessons from the past and proceed.

Five of Cups upright corresponds to obsession and disappointment for past actions or unhappiness due to a broken relationship.

It is possible that you have gone through a loss which has troubled you a lot. However, you need to accept what has happened and stop pitying yourself.

This is high time to put all the disappointments behind you and stride forward in a confident manner.

Your focus should be on the future and not on the past. Nevertheless, prepare yourself for the rough ride where others may treat you in an unfair way and may let you down. Some of your desires and dreams will remain unfulfilled.

Past Events:

You’ve been stuck in a cycle of regret, not feeling like there’s any hope for you in the future ahead. Know this isn’t true, but you’ll have to pluck your head up to see past it. Take your lessons and move on.

Present Events:

Hey you, why are you so sad? You’ve taken some lumps and gotten hit pretty hard, but it’s far from over for you. If you aren’t satisfied with what you’ve accomplished, this is a perfect time for you to figure out why that is, and reevaluate your goals so you don’t waste any more time.

Future Events:

You may want to spend some time thinking about the energy you’re investing in your path forward. Right now it seems like what you’re doing is going to fulfill you. But all evidence indicates that isn’t going to be the case. Before it winds up in a big disappointment, reassess!

Yes/No Interpretation:

No, it’s time to reassess your situation, not act or take advantage of what is seemingly a good situation.

Five of Cups Tarot Card Meanings – Reversed

The Five of Cups reversed indicates that you’re finally letting go of the pain you’ve been dealing with. Enlightenment has arrived and the lessons those hard knocks have been meant to teach have finally become apparent to you.five of cups reversed

This also means you’re seeing the value in trying again, and are ready to move on to new relationships. You have the knowledge of who you are and what you want, and that makes moving forward easier.

Five of Cups in the reversed position symbolizes a hard time. You will be quite surprised by troubles and worries that crop up all of a sudden from unanticipated sources.

You may also be duped by some fake starts that promised you a lot of hope. However, all’s not grim. Hope will return soon in your life. Have positive expectations and prepare yourself to receive some unexpected gifts.

Summon your inner courage and be optimistic. You may look forward to forging new alliances. An old friend with whom you have lost contact may return. A reunion with a lover or an old friend is also on the cards.

Past Events:

You’ve been moving through a healing period, shedding off the pains of the past and in a moment of realization that is allowing you to heal yourself up. You’ve come a long way on the path, and the future is wide open for you.

Present Events:

This tarot card is a sign that you need to let yourself open up and take the lessons in front of you. You’re wondering if you’re ready to try again, and this card is a clear indicator that you absolutely are. Set down your burden, it’s time for a fresh new world!

Future Events:

Not yet, but soon. The sorrow is still with you, and we’re allowed to hurt. But if you’ve ever wondered “will I ever heal, will I ever feel normal again”, the answer is yes, and this card is appearing to tell you that it will be soon.

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Yes/No Interpretation:

Yes, now it’s time to take this opportunity and try again. You are in a place where it’s time to move forward from past failures.

Astrological Association:

Zodiac Signs for Ace of Cups is Scorpio

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