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Pithy Tarot meanings — Five of Cups

November 1, 2014

Five of Cups -- Tarot of the MastersFive of Cups:
Beyond all reckoning, there is much left in your heart.

The Five of Cups in my Tarot of the Masters deck was inspired by a painting by Bouguereau called Day of the Dead. Consequently I’m posting a pithy meaning for this card today in honor of the “Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos),” which is a holiday celebrated in many parts of the world, normally on November 1 and/or 2. This celebration urges us to commemorate the lives of the deceased, which is a greater honor for them than merely sorrowing over their passing.

As a side note, the following is from my book, Uncovering the Tarot of the Masters: An instruction book for the Tarot of the Masters deck:

The disparity between the festive mood usually associated with [the Day of the Dead] and the gloomy atmosphere of the Bouguereau painting may be instructive. It illustrates the contrast between how we tend to react to loss versus the spiritual perspective of loss as the beginning of a new stage in life to be celebrated.

There is another disparity, which is between our focus on death as the loss of mortal life (which always ends) versus a realization of the eternal nature of our soul.

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