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Five of Cups Art and Meaning

Rider Waite Smith Tarot Deck

A dark, cloaked figure, looking sideways at three prone cups two others stand upright behind him; a bridge is in the background, leading to a small keep or holding.

About the Deck

Pivotal and canonical, this deck defined a new pattern that would be followed up to the present.

Provenance

Designed by A.E. Waite and Illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith. England, 1911.

Meaning of Five of Cups from the Rider Waite Smith Tarot Deck Deck

Upright

It is a card of loss, but something remains over; three have been taken, but two are left; it is a card of inheritance, patrimony, transmission, but not corresponding to expectations; with some interpreters it is a card of marriage, but not without bitterness or frustration.

Reversed

News, alliances, affinity, consanguinity, ancestry, return, false projects.

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.