The Five of Cups is smack-dab in the middle of Suit of Cups (Not counting the court cards here, because they have a lot going on outside of their Suits).
Fives are where the good vibes crash for any suit. Fives usually represent conflict or loss. Cups represent emotion.
And looking at this card, we can see the conflict and loss already. A man stands, looking down at his spilled cups. Oh, the tragedy!
But what can this mean!
I’m kidding, it’s pretty simple actually. We can attribute this card to loss, and if we want to dive deeper we can even say it’s emotional loss or depression, considering how darkly-clad the man is in contrast to the bright background.
The Five of Cups Reversed is a reflection of the upright card. Yeah, I know, a reflection. It’s the same card… But let’s think about what a reflection is; it’s an echo of the original, something that highlights certain aspects of the original.
So for the Five of Cups Reversed, it highlights aspects of the upright card; the upright card represents loss. The Reversed card represents the acceptance of that loss.
In the Reversed, the man is looking down at his cards, but he makes no move to right the cups or clean up the mess. He has merely accepted that it happened.
That’s also the tricky part of Reversed cards; sometimes we can clearly see, sometimes we need to analyze, and sometimes, well, we have to remember that the meanings go hand in hand between the upright cards and the reversed ones.
When the Five of Cups shows up, remember this:
- Fives represent loss and conflict
- Cups represent emotions, water, and months