The Spilt Liquid in the Five of Cups

The Spilt Liquid in the Five of Cups

Added at 11:52 on 07 December 2021

If you have studied the Five of Cups imagery within the Rider Waite Smith deck, you may have noticed that from the three overturned cups there is red and green liquid on the ground.

The three cups knocked over show us that their contents have been spilt, which is why it can be common to see "crying over spilt milk" associated with this card. The joy of the Three of Cups, the sometimes superficial element of that card, ends the party, and happiness is overturned.

Flowing from two of them is blood, and from the other is a green liquid.

The blood from the pair shows a relationship upset and a loss. It shows the pain of the heart and emotions being turned upside down as a deep, heartfelt pain is felt.

The green liquid represents envy and jealousy, which can bring bitterness. Green can also be associated with the heart chakra, indicating deeper emotional and spiritual pain is felt, be it a lovers tiff as the other is seen in a realistic light for the first time, a serious separation, or even grief.

The red and green spilt on the ground show loss, regret, and passions spilled over, which have caused grief, guilt, and shame. They spill onto the ground; they soak in, and as such, they cannot be placed back into the cups. This leaves what may follow as having to be new, based on new feelings, as what there was is lost. Be that fantasy, ideal, or solid issue between you and another. They are there to be seen and felt, showing what needs to be accepted, as now all that can be done is work with what is left, the two, with a renewed and balanced view.

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