Friday, December 28, 2007

THE FIVE OF CUPS in The RWS Tarot with poem by e.e. cummings

[Five of Cups in The Rider/Waite/Smith Tarot]

let it go-the
smashed word broken
open vow or
the oath cracked length
wise-let it go it
was sworn to

let them go-the
truthful liars and
the false fair friends
and the boths and
neithers-you must let them go they
were born
to go

let all go-the
big small middling
tall bigger really
the biggest and all
things-let all go
so comes love

poem by e.e. cummings

Note that there are two upright cups behind the mourning figure. And that the Two of Cups is often about love ....

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‘til next time, keep enjoying The Tarot,


[aka: Patricia Kelly]

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Blogger Woobie said...

hello. I read in another resource that 5's in readings symbolize message. I need your comment on this please, thanks!

8:27 AM  
Blogger Roswila said...

Well, in the sense that all 78 of the Tarot cards give us messages, I do not disagree with fives representing messages. However, I'd see the meaning of "message" more clearly in the Pages, who in medieval times were literally messengers.

I more specifically see the energy of a five card being about change or travel or motion (or the need therefore). And given it follows the stability of a four card, five energy can often feel or be upsetting or difficult to cope with. (This is not always the case, though. For instance, the Five of Wands can represent a very playful energy. And The Five of Pentacles can be saying you are meant to be outside this situation; it's not right for you.)

With respect to the Five of Cups and the poem I chose to go with it in this post, I see the change being referenced as a necessary/unavoidable letting go that feels very painful or difficult. But that is ultimately grounded in or will be grounded in love (those two cups behind the figure in the card).

9:51 AM  

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