The Five of Cups in the Rider/Waite/Smith deck is a rather bleak looking card. There is a man wrapped in a black cloak who is gazing down at three spilled cups. Two full, upright cups are behind him. This card usually depicts loss and regret of what “might have been” or what we “might have done”. I usually call this card the “crying over spillled milk” card. While it is easy to see that he is unhappy, there isn’t a clear indication of why. Today’s Journey Tarot’s Five of Water shows a former athlete reliving his “glory days” by thumbing through his old yearbook. The trophy display from long ago suggests that he is still attached to the past and not fulfilling the potential of now.
Teresa Sue McAdams, co-creator of “Today’s Journey Tarot”, co-author of “Today’s Journey Tarot, A Traveler’s Guide”, co-author of “Tarot Meditations, A Journal for Self Discovery”, and author of “Lessons, The Wisdom Within Each Moment”