Thoth- 5 of Cups-Disappointment
Lord of Loss in Pleasure.
#5. I recognize the manifestation of the undeviating justice in all the circumstances of my life.
Many people inappropriately term some tarot cards as "bad" or "evil" and others as "good" which is the errant 2-dimensional thinking of our culture. This is assuredly errant thought as the Tarot is about conscious energy and the Spirit-Mind movement to gather knowledge through experiencing " multidimensional life" as Spirit-Mind-Body. Therefore, the 5's, which have often been termed as bad, are really the necessary disruption of the placidity of the 4's. Stasis is non-motion while to move is to grow, therefore, your inner-self is telling the outer-self it is time to move! This need to grow is very true for the 5 of cups. Emotional disappointment makes us fragile (the five glass cups), and vulnerable. Like the murky sea in the background we become depressed and then angry, as the orange/red sky. We are now off balance (the askew star) and feeling uprooted (the lily pads with falling lotus blossoms). The transformational aspect of disappointment is shown by the universal sign of the butterfly (the roots of the lily pads in the shape of a butterfly). The upside down form of a pentagram, isn't an "evil" symbol, but rather a symbol of the sensuality of matter defeating the will of spirit. Here, one isn't thinking in their favor as they are reacting more emotionally than thinking at all. The best way to avoid disappointment is to not Expect!
There should be no trouble here as astrologically this card is attributed to Mars in Scorpio; Mars is the planet associated with vitality, assertiveness and dynamic activity. Scorpio is the sign of depth, and occult passions. Besides, Mars rules Scorpio! Mars is very happy to be in the House of Scorpio and this is also the 5th Sephiroth's-Geburah's Martian home. So there should be celebration and full beer mugs all around! Cheers!
What may not be seen here is that Mars is too happy to be here and he is so excited he doesn't even indulge in foreplay. This makes Scorpio nervous, for this Martian blast of enthusiasm retards what might have otherwise been a slow process of passionate decay that Scorpio uses to devour her lovers. Thus disappointment is felt deeply "to the core" here. Therefore, this is not a trivial disappointment such as not getting the right color of car, but a real stinging disappointment that in the next 5 weeks or 5 months has been or will be experienced. There could also be 5 years of disappointment or disappointment that goes back to a period 5 years ago or even disappointment that has been experienced deeply when you were 5 years old and is still influencing your present emotional state. All of these meanings are determined by where the card lays in the reading.
Therefore the 5 of Cups implies that it's now time to transform your emotion into a free butterfly rather than a "worm" in a hard shell of disappointment. Stuff happens to the just and unjust alike and by releasing disappointment, we can then turn anger into a personal ambition to create more motion in our life! This card states, “Release the past, for that is a dead place, fly forward into the sunny now!" We are all free to choose, hence, it is not our purpose to expect for others. It is our purpose to be the one who experiences information and thereby turns it into knowledge.
As I have previously stated, Geburah, the 5th Tee of Life Sephiroth, that rules the four 5's, may be severe but she brings a necessary corrective in our lives. Severity corrects by tearing away all that is useless thought, and emotion; all that is outdated and unproductive and causing us to focus on the moment.
Due to education most of us thing we understand physics 101 and the first law of thermodynamics that states:
There is only one energy that we can't create, nor can we destroy it. We can however, transfer it and transform it. Transformation is a process of deconstructing and then reconstructing that which is envisioned, thus what seems to end is merely a change in form. This transformation is easily seen in the material world, as what was living, becomes food, and food then becomes the being that ate it, and what is not needed is putrefied and recycled, which enables organic matter to become a living thing again. In our lives, energy is emotion (energy-in-motion) when it is launched (emoted) towards a goal, and that perception of success isn't reached, emotion has become putrifaction (disappointed), and must be recycled. It is best to enjoy the creative journey and not expect the goal to be as we perceive it to be. Therefore, when we see that the goal is fadding in the distance, we must act to transform what we are doing, not react with yesterday's emotional fears.
In the 5 of Cups card's association with Scorpio and Mars, transmitting of energy is done sexually or in some form of intimacy and/or communication, where we are in communion with someone or something. Such as the intimacy of, friends, healers, or shamanistic rites if human, or the universal sexuality of electrons transferring charge. The flow of this vital force is often called love, as such we could say that the intimacy of the negative pole as it joins with a positive pole of a magnet proves love. But being Spiritual beings, we know Love is more that just energy flow, it is a communion of multiple attributes that are even more apparent when a physical Spiritual body is present, such as, a human who is Spirit-Mind-Body.
enfleshed Spirit, Intimacy is not just physical touching, tasting, smelling, hearing or seeing, even though those are usually involved; Intimacy is also where one Auric Field/the Mind and Emotions blends with another; one of female force to a male force. Energy weaving into a new pattern for both parties as they communicate. A multiplication of 7 auric energy dimensions weaving with another 7 dimensions of the other party, becoming 49. These 49 are really a numeric or gemantic 4+ 9= 13 and Key 13 is the Death Card, which means a "Spiritual Transformation". That is the purpose of the human body; to turn idea into an intimate experience. However, each person may expect an itimate relationship to go a certain way, and that expectation most often isn't shared by the "other". This also leads to disappointment. "To let go and let flow", is a better policy.
However wonderful energy in motion is, it also has an end or transformational limit. That would be the second law of Thermodynamics where"..all things proceed from order to disorder", so a Master Weaver of Self ( I AM Me), would see the disorder in Self- imagined patterns, and deconstruct them and reconstruct a new order of Self-Tapestry which is an emotional reconstruction of Self-awareness. However, most of us aren't seeing ourselves as Master Weavers of e-motion. Here's where Geburah steps in to assist us, she makes us view the disorder, and as a corrective, we can now remove the old and build the new. As a ternary Master of creation (Sprit-Mind-Body), we must know emotion (energy-in-motion) as a willed action rather than a spontaneous reaction to indoctrination and dogma. We weave emotion into patterns and often expect the "World" to be as the pattern we wove and emoted "as our future". " The World" is a collective of individuals and often doesn't match our expectations.
By now you may know that the Alchemical Element-Water is intuitive and emotional consciousness, and a sever situation is sensually presented in the 5 of Cups. Mars is violent energy and in the water sign Scorpio, this produces an extremely powerful emotional effect.
The once full cups are empty, implying loss of that which is loved, Geburah is fiery of nature, and still water is totally at odds with this active force, thereby, causing a disturbance and loss of pleasure. This card, if supported by the accompanying cards, can even mean death of a loved one. The inverted pentagram represents the triumph of matter over spirit and where disturbance arises in the middle of ease. One forgets, that if you do not expect, you will avoid disappointment. For as Mustapha Jahaladine Rumi, a 12th century Sufi Master stated:
Surprises are the greatest gift of all!
Haindl Tarot-Five of Cups- Disappointment
The Haindl Tarot-Five of Cups-Disappointment also supports a sub-title or "new title" of "Disillusionment" and displays the I-Ching hexagram 9, Hsiao Ch'u, "The Taming power of the small", in the lower left corner of the card.
The brown bare rocks, illustrate unfulfilled hopes. Disappointment is shown by the thin stream of water (emotions). However, one cup catches the water, showing that the experience has'nt been wasted. Knowledge teaches us what does or does not work, and experience is knowledge. Therefore, the meanings of the Thoth card are also apparent here.
When the 5/Five of cups is thrown during a reading it implies:
- The querent has been or will be experiencing emotional disappointment for 5 weeks or 5 months.
- Usually implications of relying too much on others for love, rather than loving themselves.
- Here, there is a certain crying over past events, an experience of grieving over what has been lost or unlearned.
- Emotional discord as one begins to adapt.
- This is a card of regret, loss and separation.
- The corrective of Geburah is being applied here, and it is the beginning of recovery where one see’s the need to learn something new.
- When this card is thrown you may want to release past patterns of disappointment either with the Scorpio people in your life and/or in the next 5 weeks or 5 months be no longer willing to hold onto past disappointments and will make a conscious decision to let them go.
- Be patient.
- Confusion and disappointment are exaggerated.
When the 5/Five of Cups is ill defined by the surrounding cards in the layout (Thoth) or reversed (Haindl) it implies:
- Remaining in the crisis.
- Painful perceptions.
- Coming out of disappointment.
- A realistic view of the past.