Five of Cups - Tarot Card Meaning

Upright: Disappointment, Setback, Perspective

Reversed: Forgiveness, Emotional Maturity, Recovery


Upright Meaning

Is the glass half full or half empty? Disappointing setbacks have got you in a rut. This downfall is regressing you back to painful memories where expectations fell short. Bitter and broken, you are filled with resentment over what has happened to you, taking the loss personally. It’s okay to give yourself a moment to feel bad, but it is your decision how long you wallow in it. Forgive the people who have hurt you in the past—including yourself—for believing that they have the power to hurt you. Instead of thinking how much this sucks, reflect back on the lessons you learned. It may take some time for the sting to go away, so let yourself heal through this process. You’ll come out of it a much wiser human than when you started.

Reversed Meaning

Facing disappointment is not easy, so be proud of yourself. You’ve done a lot of inner work and are now ready to release and move on. Recovery from regret and acceptance of your past lead you closer to personal freedom. One step at a time, you are letting yourself be vulnerable. Even though it was painful in the past, you acknowledge that life will be full of its moments, pain included. Knowing what you don’t want is the best way to figure out what you do want. If you’re having trouble letting go, now is a good time to face your shadow self head on and bring light to your darkness. Bring your feelings to the surface so that you can get some closure and move on. Change, although uncomfortable, is sometimes needed to elevate your life.

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