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The Five of Cups Upright: What Does It Mean?

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The Five of Cups Upright tarot represents the personal challenges and the opportunities to move on which we’ll encounter in the ardous journey called life.

We cannot see life as merely a flat line of easy and peaceful. In the real world, we’ll have hills to climb and rough patches to handle. It’s ultimately up to us to handle each situation with ease.

The Five of Cups Upright

For many people, life hasn’t quite turned out the way they expected as kids. We’re often not where we were expecting to be right now. The so-called ‘good life’ is still some distance away from our reach.

The Five of Cups Upright meaning

In this place of frustration, we often need to change or perspective. We might believe that we’re a failure but this isn’t the case. This is true progress! You are getting closer ot the goal though you may need to pick up the pace.

It’s in these times that we need to recognize the universal power that surrounds us. We are conscious beings enjoying such a beautiful experience. Even if we fall short on our ambitions, joy and happiness are still free and are in huge supply.

Card meaning

The Five of Cups Upright is a ‘No’ Tarot card. In a Ride-Waite love reading it means forgiving others for the challenges which they have brought into your life.

Psychic reading of The Five of Cups Upright
Rider-Waite tarot card ‘The Five of Cups Upright’

We see the man in a long black clock. He looks down in the cups which have been spilled. He feels like a failure and disappointment feels his soul. His gaze is so focused on what has already happened, but he won’t look to see the remaining cups still standing.

Such opportunities are right behind everyone one of us. We simply need to change our perspective and see what may lay around us right at our feet. Sometimes we’re so close, but yet so far!

Further depicted in this tarot card is the castle which is divided by a river. How does he get across? He could swim but we’re aware that a man in this mindset is unlikely to bring his conscious self to understand such a journey. Instead – he could simply ‘get over’ his disappointment through creating a wooden bridge.

We’re often lost in self-pity like this man. We must learn to forgive ourselves for this mistakes we’ve made and the disappointment that we’ve left in the minds of others. Most importantly – the embarassment which often encapsulates our very essence.

The judgement from others can be very enduring and difficult to handle. They may never say a word but we know what they are thinking! It’s this intuition that catches us. This man may also be thinking such thoughts with observers at the castle.

No more blaming

Society has created itself a shaming culture. We shame those who haven’t lived up to expectations and transcended the minor challenges that come in their direction. Unfortunately, not everyone can reach great heights….at least until they shift their perspective!

This is really a game of mindset. We need to condition ourselves into a growth mindset. The man in the Five of Cups reversed has a scarcity mindset. “Woe is me…” he says to himself while not recognizing that not all is lost right now. He’s still alive for a start and isn’t at war!

Worst than others blaming us is the blame we place upon ourselves. Yes, we are ultimately responsibility but such feelings which restrict us must be pushed aside in favour of thoughts which serve our growth. We want to move beyond such experiences and forgiveness is a fantastic place to start, as well as self-love.

Once we see the new light, we can also see the opportunities that surround us. We’ll also recognize that we’re only mildly a failure and there is hope for a brighter future, if we’ll only put our minds and hearts to work. To fix the physical, we must first fix the mental.

Brighter futures

On the horizon is a brighter future for all. The world has moved into a new age of discovery and progress. Never before have individuals have had so much opportunity create something remarkable for their life.

Tarot card evaluation

This personal quest you’re embarking on isn’t easy. It takes courage and commitment to get through to the other side, and we can’t guarantee you’ll get through safely either. When you do, light the way for others.

Many are stuck in a bitter world of scarcity. It’s time to light up their pathway!

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