40-Five of Cups – Upright Thoth Deck

Your Chosen Card – Five of Cups Upright Thoth Deck

When upright, the Five of Cups depicts a scene of emotional disappointment. You are likely to have suffered a loss and to be focusing on the three overturned cups that have spilled their contents rather than on the two full cups that remain standing. Even though you feel dejected because of a separation or breakup, some hope of fulfillment remains. Sometimes your emotional fulfillment will need to come from within rather than from another person. Are you crying over spilt milk? Traditionally this card also stands for a gift or inheritance, but one that does not live up to your hopes and expectations. Though it may sound trite, remember that every dark cloud has a silver lining.

Keywords Upright: Loss with something remaining, good news mixed with bad, finding emotional fulfillment within, renewal of a relationship, ancestry, hope in the midst of apparent defeat, a gift or inheritance that does not meet expectations.

Timing: 0 Scorpio–10 Scorpio. Tropical, 23 October–2 November. Sidereal, 16 November–24 November.
Astrology: Assertive and warlike Mars (dignified) in the first decan of watery Scorpio, realm of the Waite Knight/Thoth Prince of Cups (Air of Water) and Death (Scorpio). Mars is linked to the Tower.
Number Symbolism: 5 – instability, disruption, loss, crisis, tension, competition, conflict.

Crowley/Thoth: Disappointment, loss in pleasure, separation, worry, a breakup, loss of friendship, unkindness from friends, onset of illness.

When Five of Cups is upright you can pretty much take it that life is going well but that’s when life takes us by surprise.  If Five of Cups is unclear it may help to choose a card from the Major Arcana to provide more insight into what it is Five of Cups is trying to tell you.  If you had a particular issue in  mind, or want to seek clarification on something else, you can also choose again to get more guidance.

This chosen card is part of your upright card reading for Five of Cups using cards from the Thoth Tarot Deck. You will find many more tarot pages that will be of great help if you need tarot card meanings. Use the search at the bottom of the page. We have some amazing tarot books for you to browse. Please see below.

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Complete Book of Tarot
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Complete Book of Tarot: The pip cards of the Marseille deck do not contain scenes like the Rider-Waite-Smith deck. Instead the symbols of each suit are simply repeated on the pip cards the requisite number of times. For example, the Five of Cups displays five cups, the Six of Swords shows six swords, and so on. The court cards consist of a king, queen, knight, and page (roy, reine, chevalier, valet).

Tarot Books

Creative Tarot: But there is another aspect to the tarot and similar systems that we have not discussed yet, and that is the randomness of the draw. You have a deck of cards, ranging in number from seventy-eight to over a hundred, depending on the design, and from that you draw a set number of cards at random. Coincidence rules which cards come out and in what order.

Complete Book of Tarot: My background in medicine and psychotherapy has prompted me to apply the same ethical standards to tarot readings that I use when seeing patients in the consulting room. Perhaps the most famous set of ethical guidelines was elaborated by Hippocrates late in the fifth century BCE. These standards have become a cornerstone of medical practice. Paraphrasing Copland’s 1825 translation of Hippocrates’s original Greek text, I have adapted the Oath of Hippocrates for modern tarot readers: 18

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Tarot Triumphs: Three engenders and forms a relationship. Every Tarot card reading involves three elements: the cards, the diviner undertaking the reading, and the question or person inquiring of the cards. This triad of divination allows energy to circulate and an interpretation to arise. It also shows why it may be very difficult to read the cards for yourself, since the question/questioner has to be a separate factor from the diviner; to make that work, you have to place the question, in some sense, outside your own personal feelings and responses.