Five of Cups Tarot Card Meanings and Combinations
Water, female, passive energy - emotions
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Five of Cups Tarot Card Meanings
The image in the Five of Cups displays a moody sky as the knight laments the spilt and tarnished cups beside him, representing disappointment. Something is lost yet something still remains, shown by the two golden and upright cups that he currently fails to see behind him.
The Five of Cups brings a sense of sadness and loss; things may not have gone as you hoped leaving you upset and disappointed. It can suggest feeling let down or sometimes a betrayal but, in whichever way it applies, it brings disenchantment and regrets over what has transpired.
In relationship readings there could be disappointment and tears although not always permanent, (as a mid-point card I would prefer to see it accompanied by stronger indications for that scenario). Someone may not live up to your expectations but, emotionally, something is lost along the way.
If reversed or ill-dignified it provides a more hopeful view and recovery of sorts, though not usually a complete reversal of the meaning. It can help to heal hurts or to move on but wounds are still present.
Five of Cups Tarot Card Combinations
Seven of Wands > Five of Cups: Standing by your principles is admirable but be careful how you state your case as you could go too far and regret your actions.
Five of Cups > Ten of Swords > Eight of Cups: It may be time to move on and call it a day, leaving a situation behind that had an upsetting ending.
Seven of Cups > Two of Swords > Five of Cups: Indecision could be costly and cause regret, try to make a choice or it could be taken out of your hands and leave you disappointed.
Ten of Cups > Five of Cups: Can bring emotional turmoil in the heart department and particularly in a committed relationship.
Three of Swords > Five of Cups: This pairing is fairly traditional for heartbreak and tears; arguments and upsets.
Five of Cups > The Star: in close proximity, such as this, usually brings quick recovery from the situation.
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