Five of Cups Tarot Card Meaning and Art Vivid Waite Smith Tarot Deck
About the Deck
These cards are featured in my book, "A Concise Guide to the Tarot" by Loren Lundgren. I took the information for the meanings on these tarot cards from "The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, Being Fragments of a Secret Tradition Under the Veil of Divination", by A. E. Waite, 1911, now in the public domain. I edited the tarot card descriptions and meanings for clarity and brevity, modernizing the text. I scanned in the original black and white illustrations of the cards drawn by Pamela Colman Smith, from the 1911 book. I digitally retouched and painted those illustrations in detailed color.
Loren Lundgren, © 2021
DescriptionA dark, cloaked figure looks sideways at three cups lying on the ground. Two others stand upright behind him. A bridge in the background leads to a small keep or holding. This is a card of loss, but something remains at the end; three have been taken, but two are left.
Meaning of Five of Cups from the Vivid Waite Smith Tarot Deck
Inheritance, patrimony, transmission of wealth, but not corresponding to expectations; marriage, but not without bitterness or frustration.
News, alliances, affection, affiliation, ancestry, return.
According to Many Schools of Thought
Generally favourable; a happy marriage; also patrimony, legacies, gifts, success in enterprise.
Return of some relative who has not been seen for long.
Union, Junction, Marriage, Inheritance
Arrival, Return, News, Surprise, False projects.
an intimate friend aims at disturbing your domestic happiness, but is foiled.