Whenever I pull the Five of Cups in a reading, I feel like it’s asking me “are you spending too much time mourning a loss, or not enough?”
Often this card is seen as a card that shows stagnation created by focusing too hard on what you’ve lost, while ignoring what you still possess. This is a 100% valid way to interpret this card, but there is another side to that coin which is worth considering.
Sometimes we need to focus on the loss or the disappointment. Ignoring pain can be just as detrimental as wallowing in it. Sometimes we need to intentionally interact with our pain, to mindfully mourn, that way we can process and then move on.
If you’re in a space where you are trying to focus only on the good and not willing to acknowledge what is hurting you, the Five of Cups may be asking you to intentionally set aside some time to ball your eyes out, or punch a pillow, or throw yourself a pity party, or bust out an extra hard workout at the gym (just don’t injure yourself, ok?), or whatever you need to do.
The key to the Five of Cups, whichever way it appears for you, is that once you’re done creating the space to express your hurt and honor your grief, you DO still need to pick up those other two cups and move on…move forward.