The Five of Cups card depicts a man in a black cloak standing seemingly in despair. The man hides his face in the cloak which expresses his anxiety.

There are five cups at the feet of the man. Three of them have fallen down on the ground and their contents have spilled out. The other two remain standing. The man does not pay much heed to the two standing cups. All his focus seems to be on the fallen ones.

Ahead of him there is a river that flows to separate him from a castle at a distance. The castle is probably his home and the scene depicts that he is separated from the comfort and security of his own home. The card signifies challenging times where dealing with losses is a high probability.

However, the standing cups signify hope and suggest that the man should turn his focus from the spilled cups that depict his loss to the standing ones that would help him rebuild what he has lost.

Upright Position: The card is generally considered to depict a loss. It also may indicate conflicts and challenges. However, the card also teaches to appreciate what remains. It signals to shift the focus from the empty cups to the cups that are still holding the ground - which means to move on and rebuild based on the remaining assets rather than to mourn for what is lost.

Reversed Position: Reversed the card inability to move on in life as the subject perhaps holds on to the tragedies of the past and refuses to gear up to utilize the available resources to make a better future.

Tarot Horoscope Tarot Card Decks Tarot Card Meanings

Major Arcana
Chariot Death Devil
Emperor Empress Fool
Hanged Man Hermit Judgment
Justice Lover(s) Bateleur (‘Magician’)
Moon Pope (‘Hierophant’) Popess (‘High Priestess’)
Star Strength Sun
Temperance Maison Dieu (‘Tower’) Wheel of Fortune

Minor Arcana
Ace of Coins Ace of Cups Ace of Swords
Ace of Batons Eight Coins Eight Cups
Eight Swords Eight Batons Five Coins
Five Cups Five Swords Five Batons
Four Coins Four Cups Four Swords
Four Batons King of Coins King of Cups
King of Swords King of Batons Knight of Coins
Knight of Cups Knight of Swords Knight of Batons
Nine Coins Nine Cups Nine Swords
Nine Batons Queen of Coins Queen of Cups
Queen of Swords Queen of Batons Seven Coins
Seven Cups Seven Swords Seven Batons
Six Coins Six Cups Six Swords
Six Batons Ten Coins Ten Cups
Ten Swords Ten Batons Three Coins
Three Cups Three Swords Three Batons
Two Coins Two Cups Two Swords
Two Batons Valet of Coins Valet of Cups
Valet of Swords Valet of Batons