Five of cups

Five of cups

Keywords for the Five of Cups Tarot Card

  • Loss, betrayal, disappointment
  • Relationship problems, separation
  • Needing to work through the stages of grief
  • A bittersweet marriage or situation


The Five of Cups is a pretty sad card. It’s about loss, regrets, and feeling abandoned. And even more than that, it’s about being stuck wallowing in a place where you can’t find hope or help.

Traditionally, the Five of Cups tarot card shows a man in a dark black cloak with his back turned to the viewer. He’s focused on the three spilled cups in front of him and doesn’t notice the two upright and full cups directly behind him. In this deck, the poor mommy seagull is focusing on the broken eggs rather than the healthy eggs behind her.


She seems very melancholy and is obsessively focused on what she lost. He’ll never be able to get it back. She’s so focused on her grief and loss that she is blind to the opportunities and new start waiting for her attention.


This card arrives when it’s time to move on. You need to move through the stages of loss and grief so you can get on with your life. Feel the pain, forgive God, and forgive the people you have lost, forgive yourself, and forge a new life.


This card can also indicate deep relationship problems that will result in a separation or the end of a relationship. Some things can’t be fixed.

It’s actually less painful to accept the reality of your situation and move on than it is to live on the dregs of what someone else can’t (or won’t) give you.


Keywords for the Five of Cups Reversed

  • Forgiveness, moving on
  • Acceptance, recovery
  • Hope and happiness return



  • The original was painted on 11x14 high quality 140lb watercolor paper with Turner watercolor paints.
  • Signature is hidden in the painting. 
  • Your original painting will come with a certificate of authenticity and a backing board, wrapped in plastic.
  • The painting is vertically oriented.


High quality reproductions are also available in 11x14 and 8x10 or 5x7 (with slight cropping) on an excellent quality linen paper which will retain it's true colors for many years.