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The Meaning of
the "Five of Cups" Tarot Card

Disappointment
A loss -- either physical or emotional. Something that was taken for granted has slipped away. Something may still be salvageable from this loss.

[ inverted meaning ]
A return of something that was lost. An old deal may come back to life. A bad situation becomes better.

Advanced tarot interpretation

(Applies to the upright position) The Symbolism of the Tarot Card:

A clearly depressed figure contemplates three spilled cups in front of him. Two full cups are behind him, but he takes no notice of these. An old castle is in the background, along with a bridge over a rushing river. The liquid that has spilled from the cups is red and green, symbolizing blood and disease.

The Meaning of the Tarot Card:

Even though most of the cups in the card have been spilled, two cups remain full. The individual must turn around and contemplate these cups in order to emerge from their depression, i.e., dwelling too long on emotions, and inaction caused by a lack of reaction to a situation. While the loss is acute and should be deeply felt, there is still enough joy left for the person to enjoy life. Living too much in the realm of the emotional rather than the physical - a need to pay attention to one's surroundings.

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