Five of Cups
Description: - A man sits slumped on a beach leaning against jagged rocks with his head hanging toward the ground. He has no shoes and his shirt is hanging open. There are three broken cups in front of him half buried in the sand. Behind him a dark ocean and a very dark and cloudy sky. A ray of sunlight is peeking from the clouds and one of the rays of light reaches out and touches his head. On the right of the picture there are two cups standing upright. He does not seem to notice them. Two upright cups and three spilled or broken cups are universally pictured on the five of cups. The two upright cups represent what is left and not being seen. The three spilled and broken cups represent what has been lost.
In a Reading: You are feeling down and it hurts, but this will not last forever. This card is about loss and disappointment. What's gone is gone and this is the moment when it is being felt. However, change does not happen just for the sake of change. You realize this is the result of your own past actions and attitudes. There is still a ray of hope so if you want to climb out of this slump, you need to focus on what you have left. However you got to this point, you are the only one who can pick yourself up and turn it around. Remember what brought you to this point and learn from it. Now it is time to pick up the pieces and go forward. This card is also a warning telling you to lift your head and see the where you are. If you continue to wallow in self pity you will be blind to the love waiting for you around the next corner
Regarding your occupation: On the job you feel tired and burned out. You dread getting up and going to work and can barely drag yourself out of bed. You search your mind for a reason to call in sick and make yourself feel worse. This card also will appear when companies are about to downsize and start laying people off. Secretly you may fantasize being one of the lay offs. If your question is about finding new employment, you should look for work in a field that keeps your mind busy and can serve as an outlet for your creative energy. If you feel you have no creative energy then your job should be one with challenging physical activity rather than monotonous repetitive factory work.
Regarding romance: The end of a relationship has left you consumed with the loss and wallowing in self pity. You want things to be back the way they were, but that is not going to happen. If you take the time to look up and look around you will find an opportunity for love that has been there all along, but if you wallow in your beer you will keep missing it. Don't wait too long to crawl out of this gutter because the circle is a wide one and the opportunity may take a while to get back to you.
Regarding your health: Simply put, you are feeling crappy. Headaches, joint pain, stiffness, and lack of energy plague you. You have a hangover. This does not have to be from alcohol either, it is from all around self neglect. Your posture, your diet and your attitude are all helping to create this slump you are in, but it stems from your mental attitude, which is one of the first things that will affect your health. Depression manifests as boredom and lack of energy. It is psychological. You might try talking to someone who can help, or reading a motivating self help book that can show you how to change your thinking and pull yourself out of this slump. Pay attention to what you are eating and drinking and eliminate diet sodas, processed foods, trans and saturated fats. Eat more real and natural foods like vegetables and fruits and lean meats, Omega 3 oils. Drink more water.
General Advice: In general, you are being selfish and self absorbed, clinging to all that allows you to whine and sing "woe is me." Some of the pain you are feeling is due to this introversion and self pity. The cure for this is to forgive yourself. You can do this by acknowledging that you created this situation and you have the power to un-create it. Pick up the pieces that are left and move forward. Forgive yourself and start new. Turn your attention away from the past and close that door. Look at what you have and what your future can be. Move on from grief and disappointment. Learn from your mistakes.
REVERSED: Most of your pain and loss can be attributed to your mental process and wrong thinking. Can you recognize this and turn this around? Stop feeling sorry for yourself and open your eyes, you will find a lot to be grateful for.
The painting: Mercury and Argus 1659, By: Diego Rodriguez de Silva Y Velazquez (June 6, 1599 - August 6, 1660) was a Spanish painter who was the leading artist in the court of King Philip IV. He was an individualistic artist of the contemporary baroque period, important as a portrait artist.