My thoughts- So many emotions in the cups…. makes sense though, emotions and feelings can ebb and flow like the tides that are controlled by the moon and it pull. This man is so upset over the three overturned cups. Why doesn’t he see the two cups that aren’t overturned? Does this mean that the happiness of the Three of Cups is over?
The book- The Five of Cups is not about what or who has left our lives but about our experience of and reaction to that now-empty space. It represents a period of mourning. The card does not say whether the grief is warranted or not, just that it is being experienced.
The Universal Waite Card- Shows the stages of grief in one image. The scene in the foreground has denial (his back is turned), anger (the cups have been kicked or knocked over), and bargaining and depression (he is hunched over with his head down). The background contains the final step of acceptance… crossing the bridge into the city to begin anew. The figure is in the middle but nearing the end of the grieving process.
Core Meaning- experience of loss and grief.