Five of Cups



Five golden cups with pink detailing are depicted, with three of them knocked over, spilling bright blue water onto a gray background. Two of the cups remain upright and filled with water, one white star in each. There are five white stars floating in the spilled water.

Key words

Upright: loss, grief, regret, pessimism

Reversed: acceptance, forgiveness, perspective

Reflection questions

  • What losses or disappointments am I currently experiencing in my life? What are some healthy ways to cope with the accompanying emotions?
  • Do I tend to dwell on the past or do I move forward too quickly without processing my emotions?
  • What support systems do I have in place to help me deal with grief and loss?

Five of Cups Upright

It’s acceptable— and healthy— to mourn your losses so you don’t carry them with you forever. However, don’t let past failures prevent you from “putting yourself out there” again. A lost opportunity might mean a better one is coming your way, but you don’t want to miss it because you are caught up in sadness. Know that when you are ready to move on, there is a path forward.

Five of Cups Reversed

The Five of Cups in reverse signals hope returning after mourning a loss. You may be upset about something that didn’t work out, but this setback is only temporary. You still have opportunities that lie ahead, and you can lean on your support system to get you through this difficult time. You can’t undo the past, but you can shape your future.