8 Five of Cups Tarot Meanings: Love, Outcomes, Feelings & More!

The meaning of the Five of Cups Tarot card is ‘sadness.’ With the Five of Cups, you will find yourself in a rather negative place. During this time, you’ll be feeling a bit sorry for yourself, as well as confused about what your next move should be.

Five of Cups Tarot Meaning

Typically, the Five of Cups makes an appearance during break-ups. While these will be difficult at first, the card promises that there are other lovers out there who will be better suited to your personality. Notice how on the Rider-Waite card design, there are cups left standing? This symbolizes the fact that your life is not over after this particular failure.

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Five of Cups – My Thoughts

“The Five of Cups is a sad card, but do not worry. There is always light at the end of the tunnel. Don’t cry over spilled milk.” – Lisa

Sometimes, the Five of Cups can predict feelings of general doom and gloom. The cards are telling you that, if you feel depressed, you need to seek the help of people who understand; don’t try to battle these feelings alone.

Work, business, and projects usually fail the first time around, and the Five of Cups reflects this energy. While this may seem bad at first, try not to dwell on what you have lost – instead, look at the valuable experience you have gained. 

Historically, (pre-Rider-Waite), the Five of Cups could represent inheritances. It is for this reason that the Five of Cups is a card of loss. Some Tarot readers still interpret the Five of Cups as representing physical death. 

Although the Five of Cups is often a card associated with failed marriages and romantic relationships, if this meaning does not apply to you, it can represent strained friendships. Sometimes, the Five of Cups can represent family feuds. 

With the Five of Cups, all is not lost. There will be something salvageable from the endings you’ve experienced. You may get a second chance at what you have lost or, if that doesn’t look likely, you will at least have learned lessons for the future. The universe likes people who try.

Five of Cups Love Tarot Meaning

From its basic interpretation, the meaning of the Five of Cups is pretty obvious; the future and outcome of your relationship do not look good. In love Tarot readings, the Five of Cups is one of the typical ‘break-up’ and heartache cards. 

Because the Five of Cups historically represented inheritances, it can mean that all is not lost, and there will be something for you to gain out of this situation.

In the future, you’re going to look back and see how this break-up opened doors for you. 

Finally, when it does not symbolize a separation in relationship Tarot readings, I often see the Five of Cups as a card that predicts regret. You will do things within your relationship that you wish you could take back. 

(If you would like more detailed love and relationship Tarot meanings for the Five of Cups, be sure to check out my Love Tarot Meanings e-book.)

Five of Cups Feelings Tarot Meaning

Are you curious to know what someone is feeling about you? The Five of Cups can reflect the fact that this person has a depressive mood. They may be so stressed and wrapped up in themselves that they’re not interested in giving any energy to anybody else just now.

Five of Cups Tarot card meaning for love, romance and relationships.

When you’re already in a relationship, the Five of Cups can mean that this person has considered separating from you. That is not to say they will go through with their plans, but leaving you has crossed their mind. 

Five of Cups Career & Business Tarot Meaning

The career interpretation for the Five of Cups is pretty clear. This Tarot card reflects abandoned projects and scrapped plans. What once looked nice and promising is now down in the dumps.

Alternatively, the Five of Cups can be a sign that you allow your mood to dictate the energy you put into your career or business. You may struggle with consistency. If this sounds like you, your Tarot cards are urging you to find meaning in your work instead of looking at it as one more thing to be down about. If you’re not happy in this career, perhaps it’s time to find a new one?

Five of Cups Future Tarot Meaning

In general Tarot spreads, I would use the historical interpretation for the Five of Cups – you are going to get an inheritance in the future. Don’t worry, as this inheritance may not come from someone you’re close to; it could come from a relative you have never even met. 

There’s no getting around the fact that the Five of Cups often represents failed relationships in the future. If you feel that this is a possibility, prepare yourself. 

Finally, as stated earlier, the Five of Cups will sometimes appear in the future to indicate that there will be a wedge in your family or friendships. This drama could start because of your romantic relationships. For now, don’t pick a side but try and stay neutral until you know all the facts. 

Yes or No with Five of Cups Tarot Meaning

General – Unfortunately, the Five of Cups is a no for most types of Tarot readings.

Do they like me? – No, they do not like you. Part of the reason why they don’t like you is because they’re so wrapped up in themselves. 

Am I pregnant? – No, you are not pregnant. 

Is this relationship going to last? – No, this relationship is not going to last. 

Does the future of this look promising? – No, the future of this matter does not look promising. 

Am I going to reconcile with my ex? – No, your ex is not coming back, and they will not return for the foreseeable future. 

The Five of Cups as a Negative, Weakness, or Obstacle

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When the Five of Cups appears in a negative, weakness, or obstacle Tarot spread position, this can predict death. It’s not always the case that the Five of Cups predicts physical death, but it does sometimes happen. 

In most cases, the Five of Cups will pop up to represent the failure of a relationship or career path. These setbacks can impact different areas of your life in ways that you do not expect. 

Finally, the Five of Cups can sometimes simply represent a depressive mood and a pessimistic attitude. Negative thinking can cause you to fail to see the positive. Negativity can also attract more sadness into your life, hence why it would appear as an obstacle. 

The Five of Cups as a Positive, Strength, or Advantage

When the Five of Cups appears in a positive, strength, or advantage Tarot spread position, it could mean you’re going to receive an inheritance. In some cases, the Five of Cups will appear as a positive if large sums of money are going to be gifted to you after you experience a loss. 

However, it’s more likely for the Five of Cups to symbolize the fact that you will learn from your mistakes. After you’ve gone through a painful situation, you will have valuable experience that will help you navigate similar situations in the future.

Closing Thoughts on The Five of Cups Tarot Card Meaning

Have you recently received the Five of Cups? Was it in the past, present or future of your reading? How did you interpret Five of Cups’ meaning? Feel free to share below with the Divinerism community! 

(Please note that I do not interpret other people’s readings for them. If you’re looking for help interpreting your Tarot readings, feel free to check out the Love Tarot Meanings e-book).

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