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5 of Cups

Description & Symbolism
Artistic Media
Artist's Bio

Description & Symbolism

The words that come to mind when I see the Five of Cups are disappointment and loss. No major life-changing experiences though; there is always something positive as well.

There are two glasses in the front that have fallen over and their contents are gone. They indicate that something has been lost. However, there are three more glasses in the background. The nearest one is only slightly filled, whereas the one at the back is completely filled with a richly colored liquid. So even though there has been a sad loss or disappointment, there are still some positive things as well. But you have to reach out for them, because they are not as close as the negative things.

The glasses are set on a cloth decorated with suns. The suns have dark colors: they are not bright yellows, but black or purple. Again, this indicates that even though there may be a disappointment, there is something positive as well; the sun may be dark, but it's still a sun.

Artistic Media

I photographed the still life, then scanned the photo and added the title using Paint Shop Pro.

Artist's Bio

I'm 36 years old and live in the Netherlands. I don't really see myself as a very artistic person, but since I love photography I decided to try and use that medium to create a card. Apart from tarot, my interests are reading, travelling, scuba diving, Reiki, witchcraft and (underwater) photography.

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