FIVE OF CUPS: Disappointment.
This card represents emotional disappointment caused by a loss of that which is loved (symbolized by the once full cups that are now empty).
Astrologically this is Mars in Scorpio which produces an extremely emotional effect. The Water sign Scorpio is totally disconsonant with the fiery nature of Mars causing a loss of pleasure. In other words, the placid nature of pleasure is disturbed by the super abundant energy of Mars.
To a Qabalalist, the 5 of cups is the influence of Geburah (Severity) in Briah (Mental world) where sever energy is needed to establish a growth movement that the placid nature of pleasure has interfered with. Life being about force and form, and the fact that if energy stays in form to long, it becomes stagnant (stasis), severe measures are often needed to get energy moving again.
This card is about loss of love and like all Tarot cards, is subjective to the intuition of a open reader. There are some cases where this card can even mean the loss of a loved one through the process of death. But this depends on the surrounding cards supporting this observation. This card may say."sorrow" but it also shows acceptance which begins the process of recovery (the Growing Leaves of the Lotus above the cups) . So this may be a card of loss, but it is also about inheritance, patrimony, transmission, but not corresponding to expectations. The truth be told, most of our emotional loss is from assumptions and expectations not being met by others. That is why relationships are best enjoyed on a daily basis rather than founded on a future expectation. Being that we are the creators of moments, and call them Life Motions, it only makes good sense to give each moment of a relationship a joyous presence without waiting for a goal to be fulfilled. Life is but a movement of moments and the future is always trans-formative. Love with all your heart ---now! We will often find that loving relationships are also moments of movement and that loss is a constant mechanism of change. That being said, this card is not as negative as it sounds for it does promise a return to pleasure in a future moment--5weeks or 5 months, where love will be expressed freely again. To love being yourself and enjoying moments as expressions of that love, will greatly reduce the influence of severity in your life!
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