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Five of Cups

A Pope sits on a chair despondently resting his chin on his hand. At his feet are five cups, two of which have fallen over. A priest tries to comfort the Pope, and a black angel floats mournfully in front of him. There is a column with a carving of God admonishing Eve as Adam sleeps after "eating the apple".

My Interpretation: Gifts foolishly discarded.

To have tasted from many cups, and forgotten the sweet wine - recalling only a bitter aftertaste. Jaded cynicism and disillusionment. Regret, anger and bitterness. The ending of a relationship. Loss, sorrow and grief. Depression. This card warns of a tendancy to focus on negative memories.

(Reversed: Still a card of regret and disillusionment, but of a more transient nature. Hope will soon be regained)

Edit notes: This card is different to the Rider-Waite card (cloaked figure with castle and bridge in background), although hopefully still easily recognisable as the five Cups are fairly obvious and the despondency of the central figure is clear. More detailed than my original.

Copyright US Games Systems 2004

Apologies for small size of image, must avoid piracy.

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