The five of cups is stalking me at the moment - not in my personal readings but for those I’m reading for. It has literally presented four times in the last 24 hours alone then this morning, I receive this as my card of the day. Rather than applying this personally however, I know it’s a call for me to send a note out there for someone that could do with some inspiration.
The Five of Cups is traditionally depicted as a card of grief, loss, defeat and difficulty and can often spark the end of a relationship whether that’s personally or in business. Whilst there are no ‘good’ or ‘bad’ cards within Tarot, it doesn’t stop a leaning toward the more negative end of the spectrum of meaning for this card, so I’d like to offer a reframe.
When you’re facing challenges around loss, disappointment and sadness, of course it’s important to feel into those feelings and productively release the associated emotion which can take time. On the other hand, destructive grief or pity partying for extensive periods of time, are not beneficial.
Instead of reflecting on this card as a mirror to your own personal experiences, consider how it can be seen as a positive suggestion to help someone else who might need a little more support, or is in a worse-off situation right now?
When in a negative space, it’s often difficult to realise how much empathy and support is out there for you until you lift your head to look and allow it in, and conversely, by offering your compassion to other people, you can ease open the door to your own cave by allowing yourself to come out of the darkness and discouragement and offer comfort to someone else.
Fives are about change, so how might you be able to both positively change your own situation, whilst benefiting someone else?