What does the five of cups tarot card mean?

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The five of cups is part of the Minor Arcana deck of tarot cards and is part of the Cups suit.

Keywords: Sorrow, loss, regret, disappointment


All of the Fives in the Tarot deck unfortunately bring news of conflict of some kind. As the Cups is a suit revolving around love and relationships, it’s only natural that the conflict associated with this card is one between lovers or friends.

If you’ve recently had a breakup, this card suggests that you are having trouble letting go and moving on. You are struggling with the pain of loss and regret.

However, the Five of Cups is a message is that it’s time for this suffering to come to an end. Forgiveness is a powerful thing, and it’s time to forgive yourself and the other person involved so that you can both move on with your lives.

Reverse Keywords: Recovery, acceptance, renewed faith

Reverse Meaning

Usually, the reverse meaning of a card brings the negative aspects of the upright meaning. However, with the Fives of the Tarot deck, the opposite is true.

Whereas the upright Five of Cups symbolises heartache and loss, the reversed card suggests that this period is coming to an end, and soon there will be happier times. You are recovering from the pain of a relationship ending, and you are beginning to accept what has happened and move on.

You are realising that though the experience wasn’t pleasant, the pain will benefit you in the long run. It’s time now to look towards the future and open up your heart again, and not be afraid to take some risks.

Other Minor Arcana Cards (in the Cups suit)