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Five of Cups Art and Meaning Vivid Waite Smith Deck

Designation

Five of Cups

About the Deck

Vivid Waite Smith

These cards are featured in my book, "A Concise Guide to the Tarot" by Loren Lundgren. I took the information for the meanings on these tarot cards from "The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, Being Fragments of a Secret Tradition Under the Veil of Divination", by A. E. Waite, 1911, now in the public domain. I edited the tarot card descriptions and meanings for clarity and brevity, modernizing the text. I scanned in the original black and white illustrations of the cards drawn by Pamela Colman Smith, from the 1911 book. I digitally retouched and painted those illustrations in detailed color.

Provenance

Loren Lundgren, © 2021

Tags

cups-5, five-of-cups, five, cups

Description

A dark, cloaked figure looks sideways at three cups lying on the ground. Two others stand upright behind him. A bridge in the background leads to a small keep or holding. This is a card of loss, but something remains at the end; three have been taken, but two are left.

Meaning of Five of Cups from the Vivid Waite Smith Deck

Upright

Inheritance, patrimony, transmission of wealth, but not corresponding to expectations; marriage, but not without bitterness or frustration.

Reversed

News, alliances, affection, affiliation, ancestry, return.

According to Many Schools of Thought

Papus's Divinatory Meanings

Obstacles overcome.

A. E. Waite's Secondary Meanings

Upright

Generally favourable; a happy marriage; also patrimony, legacies, gifts, success in enterprise.

Reversed

Return of some relative who has not been seen for long.

S. L. MacGregor Mathers's Divinatory Meanings

Upright

Union, Junction, Marriage, Inheritance

Reversed

Arrival, Return, News, Surprise, False projects.

Mme. Le Marchand's Divinatory Meanings

an intimate friend aims at disturbing your domestic happiness, but is foiled.

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