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Five of Cups Art and Meaning Waite Smith Tarot Deck Deck

Designation

Five of Cups

About the Deck

Waite Smith Tarot Deck

Pivotal and canonical, this deck defined a new pattern that would be followed up to the present. I made a digitally retouched and painted version of this deck, which I call the "Vivid Waite Smith Tarot Deck". The cards from that deck, as well as a modern English translation of the romantic English descriptions by Arthur Edward Waite (as appear on the Waite Smith Tarot deck) appear in a cross-referenced format in my book, "A Concise Guide to the Tarot: In Vivid Color"

Provenance

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

Tags

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

Description

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.

Meaning of Five of Cups from the Waite Smith Tarot 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.

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