Five of Cups Tarot Card Meanings

Face the Five of Cups’ themes of loss and disappointment. Find hope and new opportunities ahead.
Five of Cups Tarot Card Meanings

About Five of Cups Tarot Card

Upright Five of Cups

The Five of Cups typically reflects the aftermath of an emotional turmoil, like the repercussions following a tantrum or an outburst of anger. The consequences of such emotional disturbances vary widely, ranging from a mere hangover and lost income to more severe outcomes like abuse and destroyed relationships.

This card is sometimes known as ‘Inheritance’, indicating the potential for these emotional patterns to be passed down through generations, escalating from personal conflicts to larger-scale disputes like wars.

Reversed Five of Cups

When reversed, the Five of Cups suggests a situation where what initially appears as a disaster turns out to be beneficial. Fears, once they are expressed and confronted, can be transformed into something manageable, freeing you from the anxiety of negative expectations and the worry of potential fallout.

This shift in energy enables more authentic actions, as you are no longer held back by the fear of what might happen.

Five of Cups in the Advice Position

In the advice position, the Five of Cups encourages you to adopt a more frugal approach, appreciating what you have and managing with less. It reminds you that true ownership means things can’t be lost, and feelings of loss often stem from inappropriate emotional attachments.

Be cautious about making promises you can’t keep, as overestimating your capabilities can lead to disappointment. Be thankful that in your recent setback, you still retained some of your resources—two out of the five cups remain full and untouched. Focus on these remaining positives rather than dwelling on what has been lost. Look forward to the potential that still exists.