The 5 of Cups is a card of emotional loss and regret. The element here is Water which relates to love and emotions. The aspects of the number 5 in numerology are change, discard, unattachment, adaptability, freedom and understanding. The negative traits of the 5 can be irresponsibility, carelessness, thoughtlessness & over indulgence in drink and sensuality. In the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot a man stands mourning the empty 3 cups that have spilled over with his back to the 2 cups that are still full. The number 3 is the number of joy and happiness and this is the symbology of the 3 spilled cups. It is the loss of this number and the loss of happiness, joy or love. If he were only to turn around he would see that he still has 2 cups upright and full. In the distance is a river from which he could re-fill his spilled cups. The message is clearly one of not losing sight of what you still have when grieving over what you have lost. If you focus on the long term (look into the distance) and stop looking at the past and present (looking at the ground in front) you can see how to replenish what you have lost.
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