In these uncertain times, the Five of Cups teaches us to focus on the positives
In this strange new reality we’re all living in, it’s inevitable that many people will feel depressed, miserable, caged in. After all – our liberty has been snatched away from us. There’s so much to feel sad about – not seeing our friends, not being close to our families, possibly losing money from not being able to work. And for some, the pain and uncertainty of illness – our own or our loved ones – or worse.
At first glance, the image on the Five of Cups card in the Rider Waite Tarot deck seems to be one of sadness. A black-cloaked figure looks down at three cups whose contents are spilled on the ground. But behind and unnoticed by him are two more cups, standing upright and unspilled.
The Five of Cups, also known as the “Spilled Cups” card, advises you to focus on your blessings, rather than your misfortunes, and to feel gratitude. The Five of Cups is here to remind you that even in the devastation of grief, you still have resources left to you.
As a Tarot card suit, Cups deal with displays of emotions, love, feelings, relationships, connections, and with the roles that things play in your own life, especially with regard to the people and things around you. In the current world of instability and loss, we can find gratitude in the face of these charcteristics.
The negative side of this card is that you’re too focused on what you don’t have. Struggling to hold on to what is already gone, and spending too much time mourning past losses – these only lead to suffering. Like the figure on the card, you may need to turn around and celebrate that fact that nearly half your cups are still standing upright!
The Five of Cups may also warn you to avoid a possible future loss, and to avoid focusing on loss in the present and losses of the past. Try to replace sorrow and regret with happiness and optimism. Every loss opens new possibilities for growth and change. Just think – every day we’re in social isolation is day closer to the pandemic ending and our world, hopefully, returning to normality.
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