Inverted Five of Cups

Interpretation

Inverted Five of CupsThis card shows the events following loss. Some people use loss as a spring board to a new life, while others find it difficult to move through the grief into the rest of their lives.

When you receive this card, think about the losses (both large and small) you have experienced over your lifetime. These are part of you, and have shaped you into who you are. Grief is natural and healthy, and it cannot be denied. It will express itself eventually. However, once it has completed its work, it is just as natural and healthy to release it. Once you release grief, you will hold the power of healing rifts, making new connections, and reuniting with loved ones from your past (both known and unknown). The future holds promise. Extend your hand and let that promise come to you.

The Suit — Cups or Hearts

The cup holds water, the heart holds emotion. Water nourishes, refreshes, revives. Emotions remind us we’re alive, give us reason to commune with others. Water can give life and take it away. Emotions can make us want to feel more and wish we could just stop feeling entirely.
This suit invites us to that place below the surface, to search for the Holy Grail, to get in touch with our creative side.

Number — 5

Five is a number of conflict, change, and opportunity.

The Inversion

There is nothing to fear with an inversion. Mary K. Greer explains in her book, The Complete Book of Tarot Reversals, that an inverted card may be interpreted in one or more of these twelve ways:

  1. Blocked or Resisted
  2. Projected
  3. Delayed, Difficult, Unavailable
  4. Inner, Unconscious, Private
  5. New or Dark Moon (if you are reading cards from a round deck)
  6. Breaking Through, Overturning, Refusing, Changing Direction
  7. The Opposite of the Upright Meaning, or Lacking
  8. Excessively
  9. Misused or Misdirected
  10. The Upright Meaning Backward
  11. A Rectification or Cure
  12. Magical, Unconventional, or Humorous

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