Your Card for Today: 5 of Cups

Cups 5Even the sombre cards in Tarot of a Moon Garden are pretty. Take the 5 of Cups as an example – a card associated with disappointment and emotional disruption. It still shows a scene of magic and wonder, regardless of the three cups which have been overturned and spilt.

This is not a bad way of looking at this card really, since the sadness associated with this the 5 of Cups depends on how we decide to view it. Do we concentrate on the spilt cups or do we avert our attention to the two full cups on the right?

When we are suffering from disappointment, loss, emotional beef or even depression, it isn’t so easy to make that adjustment. When you’re heart is aching or you want to dive beneath your duvet for a week or two, being told that there are plenty more fish in the sea or that life goes on isn’t something we are immediately open to hearing. But never-the-less, both statements are true.

Amongst recognition, success, and happiness, we will find times of sadness, emotional confusion, loss, and upset. It’s a fact of life. But how do we deal with it? Do we control it or does it control us?

When we concentrate on the sad things for two long, they consume us. Equally, when we look around us and acknowledge those relationships and opportunities which can carry us forward, we control what happens in life.

Are you an effect of life or do you affect it? Think about this today. Be aware that sadness may enter this week but try your hardest to not become fixated on it or allow it to keep you down. Instead, look around and see what is represented by those two fresh cups. There is always a silver lining. What is yours today?




Illustration from Tarot of a Moon Garden by Karen Marie Sweikhardt, published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc.


9 thoughts on “Your Card for Today: 5 of Cups

    • Thanks Claire. I think it is a good deck for anyone a little scared of tarot or youngsters, since it has a magical and non-threatening vibe. I think it has stood the test of time. My only gripe is that a lot of the cards look and feel a bit similar. But it is a nice deck though and a good one to have in my bag for professional readings if people are a little intimidated by the darker cards.


  1. I always try to find that silver lining although often it isn’t easy. Sometimes I even find it after my sadness is long gone. 🙂
    I like the deck but not enough to buy it.


    • Yup, it isn’t easy and yes, sometimes we figure things out far later. Kind of like a tarot reading; where as someone doesn’t completely get it until they have left the table.

      I understand what you mean about the Moon Garden. I like it too but it is not the most dramatic of packs. Maybe something with a bit of a boost next week!


  2. I hadn’t noticed it before, but I really like the way there’s a castle in the sky on the side with the spilt cups. It is our fantasies that make us hold on to sadness, perhaps, our “what if’s”… 🙂


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