Five of Cups Tarot Holistic InstituteHow many negative emotions can one card represent? Quite a few in the case of the Five of Cups! In a general context, the Five of Cups Tarot card can represent sadness, loss, loneliness and despair. When this card appears it indicates that you are focusing on the negative. This may be the result of some sort of trauma or unwelcome change you have suffered. As such, this card can signify heartbreak, divorce or separation.

The Five of Cups also tends to appear if you have suffered a recent bereavement as it represents mourning and grief. It is a card of emotional baggage and instability and can signify that you feel deep remorse, regret, anger, sorrow or disappointment.

This card is also the Minor Arcana card of abandonment and can either represent you being abandoned by someone significant to you or you abandoning plans or people in your life. It can also indicate loneliness or isolation.

However, for all the negative connotations this card can bring there is a positive message underneath it all. The figure depicted in the card is crying over the spilt cups and seems to be oblivious to the fact that two cups are still upright. This is reminding you that no matter how bad things may seem there is always a silver lining, you just have to choose to see it.

Forgiveness is Key

The Five of Cups means that you might be holding on to deep feelings of anger, dissatisfaction, or resentment. For your own sake, you must forgive those who have wronged you in order to progress on your spiritual journey. To help you put these feelings behind you, consider counseling or energy healing. Visualize those who have wronged you coming to you to apologize for the pain they have caused you in the past, and ask the universe to assist you in forgiving them, forgiving yourself, and letting go of the pain you have been holding on to for so long.

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Spiritual Meaning of the Five of Cups

  • Holding on to anger, frustration, or resentment: You need to forgive those who have wronged you to move forward on your spiritual path.
  • Exploration of grief and healing: It represents growth and self-rediscovery through hardship.
  • Facing loss and challenges: It reflects the spiritual journey and the balance between emotional distress and personal growth.
  • Journey through the shadows of the soul: Moments of doubt, despair, or loss of faith are essential for spiritual growth.


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