The Five Of Cups Tarot Card Meaning

Have you had the Five of Cups in your Tarot reading and don’t know what it means?

Finding out what the Five of Cups Tarot card means can be tricky, especially if you have never had a reading before. You head online for some answers but are met with pages and pages of conflicting or contradicting answers.

Keep reading to find out what the Five of Cups means! Whether the card is reversed or upright, we are here to tell you what it means and how you can use the reading to make changes in your life. 

Upright Five Of Cups Tarot Card General Meaning 

The Five of Cups isn’t a cheery card to get. Generally, it represents despair, loss, loneliness, and sadness. You are likely focusing on the negatives when the card appears in your reading.

These negatives could be an unwelcome change or the result of trauma. 

The card suggests divorce, heartbreak, or separation The Five of Cups also appears when you have suffered a recent loss. The card represents grief and mourning.

It is also the card of emotional baggage and instability.

The card suggests you feel anger, regret, deep remorse, sorrow, or disappointment. 

The Five of Cups is also the card of abandonment. You might feel abandoned by someone in your life or you might abandon people or plans in your life. The card can also represent isolation or loneliness.

Despite all the negative connotations of the card, there are still two cups depicted on the card as upright.

This is a reminder that no matter how bad things are, there is always a silver lining. You need to choose to see it! 

Now that we have established what the Five of Cups means, let’s dive in a little deeper to look at the card’s meaning depending on your reading. 


Health-wise, the Five of Cups suggests emotional baggage is causing mental health issues. The card can represent sadness or grief that is causing depression.

You might also isolate yourself, leading to panic attacks in social situations or agoraphobia. 

Try here to get back out into the world. We know how hard it can be, so start small. Why not meet a friend you trust for coffee in a quiet cafe? work slowly to bring yourself back into the world around you.

You might also benefit from speaking with a professional counselor for support. 

Love And Relationships

If you are in a relationship, the Five of Cups isn’t a good card to get. It suggests separation, divorce, or a breakup. The card also suggests you might have feelings for an ex that are preventing you from committing 100% to your current partner. 

If this is the case, you need to resolve these feelings for your current relationship to move forward. 

The Tarot card can suggest a fear of abandonment that is causing issues in your relationship or abandonment. 

If you are single, the Five of Cups suggests you are overcome with despair or sadness about a previous relationship. you might feel like you lost ‘The One,’ leaving you oblivious to the potential partners around you!

Instead of seeing what the future holds, you are consumed with your loss of the past. 

The Five of Cups also suggests you are consumed with guilt, remorse, or regret. Mistakes you have made in a past relationship or the loss of a loved one could be causing these feelings.

If you have lost a partner, the card suggests you are isolating yourself due to your heartbreak. 

It is completely natural to be heartbroken after the loss of a loved one, but where possible, avoid isolating yourself. You need to stay grounded and deal with the present as much as possible.

Surround yourself with a network of supportive people, or consider joining a support group. 

Remember, there is love in your future. You might not be ready for romantic love yet, but the universe has it waiting for you when you are ready.

Money And Career

Career-wise, the Five of Cups suggests the collapse of a business or losing a job. If you are in business, it suggests a member of staff or business partner abandon the business.

It can also suggest you abandon a business plan or leave the business. 

The Tarot card suggests a difficult change or an unwelcome change in circumstances, but it isn’t all bad news! There is still something to be salvaged from the situation, so don’t let the change overwhelm you. 

The Five of Cups can also suggest a career in trauma counseling or grief.

This could be an unexpected career change for you or something you have been working towards for a few years. 

Financially, the Tarot card suggests financial loss. Now might not be the time to make investments or be frivolous with your money. If you have suffered a loss recently, the card indicates an inheritance is on its way. 


The Five of Cups suggests you might be holding onto feelings of frustration, anger, or resentment. Holding onto these feelings will not do you any good! As hard as it can be, you need to forgive those that have wronged you.

It is the only way you can move forward with your spiritual path. 

It’s worth considering energy healing or therapy to help you leave these emotions behind. Visualize those who have hurt you apologizing to you and ask the universe to help forgive them, yourself, and release the pain you are holding onto.

Doing so will allow you to live a happier and more positive life. 

Reversed Five Of Cups Tarot Card General Meaning 

The reversed Five of Cups has a slightly different meaning, so let’s take a look at what the card means now. Generally, the reversed Five of Cups suggests healing, acceptance, and forgiveness.

You have accepted your sorrow and grief and realized that living your life with this sadness or in mourning will not change what has happened.

You have accepted it and are ready to move on with your life. 

When the card appears, you are starting to become aware of the opportunities that have been around you all along! It is as if you are re-entering the world with open eyes. 

The reversed Five of Cups also suggests the negative feelings have been dragged out or prolonged but now, you are ready to rejoin the world and let go of the past!

You will find yourself shedding your emotional baggage and negative emotions.

You will also be more willing to accept help from others around you. 

This is a step forward and a great one to take! Previously you were wrapped up in negativity and despair, unable to see the help offered to you, leaving you isolated and lonely.

If you have been bereaved, then reversed Five of Cups suggests you are approaching the end of intense mourning. 

Now that we have established the general meaning of the reversed Five of Cups, let’s dive in and look closer at the different meanings of the card, depending on the reading you have! 


Health-wise, the reversed Five of Cups suggests you are letting go of past pain allowing you to open up to positive healing energy. This is the key to solving any health issues you are experiencing.

If you are struggling to let go of negative energy., energy healing might be beneficial to you.  

Love And Relationships

If you are in a relationship, the reversed Five of Cups suggests you are ready to forgive mistakes in the relationship. Doing so will allow you and your partner to move forward.

The Tarot card represents a time of renewal and healing in your relationship. 

The card also suggests you are holding onto the old pain in your relationship, which is preventing it from moving forward. 

If you are single, the reversed Five of Cups suggests you have let go of regrets or sorrow in your past relationships. Now you are ready to move on!

You are starting to see the possibilities for romance that are all around you.

You are also starting to get back out there, rejoin life, and meet new people! After a dark period, you can forgive others for the pain they have caused you. 

The card can also suggest you are holding onto the negative feelings and it is impacting your future. Here it’s worth considering healing or counseling if you are struggling to work through and resolve these feelings yourself. 

Money And Career

Career-wise, the reversed Five of Cups suggests you are getting back on your feet after a redundancy or job loss. The Tarot card can also suggest you are rebuilding a business after being abandoned by a business partner or a loss. 

The reversed Five of Cups suggests you are salvaging the business, recouping some of the losses, or you are taking part of the business and building it into something better! 

Financially, the reversed Five of cups suggests your finances should improve after a difficult period.

You might also encounter disputes or problems over an inheritance. 


The reversed Five of Cups suggests you are ending a period of sorrow or loss. Now you are ready for a fresh start and a new spiritual path. The pain you have experienced has taught you important karmic lessons.

These lessons and experiences have made you a more empathetic, spiritual, and kinder person. 

The reversed Five of Cups also suggests you are wallowing in sorrow or pain and aren’t letting the past go. Doing so is holding you back from karmic lessons and progressing on your spiritual path.

Here, you need to surrender your grief and sorrow to the universe. Ask the universe to help you heal so that you can start to access a new path! 

Final Thoughts

And there you have it, all the possible meanings of the Five of Cups Tarot card! Whether the card appears upright or reversed, be sure to pay attention to its lessons.

Now is not the time to wallow in these negative feelings. There is always a positive to be found, so once you have allowed your body to feel its emotions, look for the positives and help from others to heal and learn to live with your loss. 

Zhara O’Brien
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