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The Five of Cups: Today's Tea and Tarot Blog

--By Hyperion Night, of Beanblossom's Tea and Tarot

The Five of Cups Tarot card from the Rider-Waite-Smith deck

Loss. Regret. Disappointment. Failure.

All of my failures have been due to sloppiness--whether in my career or in my relationships. The regrets are huge, because sloppiness is totally on me. You'd think I'd have learned by now, and I (mostly) have. The problem comes when you focus more on the failure than the lessons, or focus more on the loss than what remains.

In the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot deck, the Five of Cups shows a figure on a riverbank. He wears a black cloak and studies three overturned cups. Two upright cups remain behind him. Can he stop dwelling on the loss, turn around, and focus on what's next? There's a bridge over the river. If he can take the lessons and move on, he can reach the castle on the opposite bank. But he's stuck.

This Tarot card asks us to evaluate what failures or regrets are holding us back. Have we learned the wrong lessons from them? After my worst failure, I caught myself believing that I was doomed to never succeeding, and gave up for a time. But that wasn't the lesson. There was a reason I'd failed. That reason was my wrong actions. All I had to do was try again and do something different.

What lessons have you learned when things went wrong? Were they the right ones? Or are they the three overturned cups, uselessly holding you back? Isn't it time for you to move on?

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