Five of Cups

A person dressed entirely in black stares at the ground where three cups lie on their sides, spilling wine upon the ground.  Two cups are behind him and a bridge can be seen in the distance.

As indicated by the black cloak this is a card of deep mourning and sadness.  The person mourns over the loss of the three cups, over the end of good and happy times.  His or her grief is so deep that she fails to see the two cups behind her and realize that there will be more good times and relationships in the future.  The bridge indicates that this is a transitional card, passing from one stage in life to another, but for the moment there is just huge sadness.

Reversed:  The sadness is slowly fading away and the individual is moving on with life.  Perhaps a new union, romantic relationship, or business venture.

EXAMPLES:  A person who has had a loved one die and is so deeply shattered that they can barely function, much less think about the future.

A really terrible break up that’s left one of the parties feeling totally broken and hopeless.