Five of Cups


Key words

Upright: loss, grief, regret, pessimism

Reversed: acceptance, forgiveness, perspective


A person in a long black cloak faces away, looking down in disappointment. Three spilled cups lie to their left, and two cups stand upright just out of the person’s view. The sky is gray and a river separates the person from a castle in the distance. An arched bridge crosses the stream in the background, waiting for the person to be ready to move on. 


5: Conflict, loss, change, adversity, rebuilding


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. 


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.