Weekly Tarotcast™: 5 of Cups

Weekly Tarotcast™: 2-19-19 through 2-26-19

5 of Cups

5 of Cups Thoth Tarot card.

This week’s Tarotcast card is the 5 of Cups. This energy focuses on disappointment, regret and loss. Notice I say focused on. We may be dwelling on negative feelings from past experiences. We’d be better off focusing on events that are actually occurring here and now, in the present.

The Elements

Here, Fire and Water seek mutual annihilation rather than cooperation. Scorpio’s waters dissolve and putrefy, thwarting Mars’ action.

The Number 5

The Fives of the Minor Arcana challenge order and structure. Their suit and element get shaken out of complacency, stagnation or stasis. They bring a period of cleansing, regeneration, or reassessment in events and relationships. The number 5 keeps energy flowing. Otherwise, the solidification and stability created by the fours would degenerate into inertia.

On the Tree of Life, this card represents the formula 5. We begin with sephiroth or sphere 5, Geburah meaning Strength. The sphere of Mars; motion, aggression, storms and stress. This combines with the suit of Cups (Briah, the creative world, the element of Water – our emotions). Adding in Mars in Scorpio (more on that in a moment) we get “Disappointment.”


This card represents Mars in Scorpio and rules from 0 to 10 degrees Scorpio (October 23rd to November 1st). If your birthday falls on or between those dates, you’ll be feeling this week’s energy even more than the rest of us. This attribution wouldn’t appear to be a problem. Mars was the traditional ruler of Scorpio before Pluto discovery. With Pluto demoted (or is it a planet again?) It is its only ruling plane. Issues arise from Mars being too comfortably at home here. Mars’ wants fiery, disruptive action. Scorpio seeks watery, deep and secretive transformation.

In real-time astrology, The Sun is currently transiting Scorpio’s fellow Water-sign, Pisces (through March 20th). The stars are relatively quiet during this forecast period. Pisces energy is calm and spiritual which can soften the harsh edges this week. However, it may tend toward melancholy and delusions about the past. Mars in Earth-sign Taurus (through March 31st) can give us the patient determination to keep moving forward despite obstacles. This is also great energy for taking good care of our bodies and physical health.

Chiron is making a long-term transit of Mars-ruled Aries. This can help us build confidence. We can resolve personal and health problems that have blocked our progress. Here is powerful energy for asserting ourselves in a healthy way and getting our needs met. True healing begins within ourselves. We are motivated to face our fears and move past them.

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes resistance to change. We’re unable to release negative feelings and we’re clinging to negative past events. Obsession with past mistakes (our own or those of others) creates bitterness.


Let’s focus on letting bygones be bygones, picking up the pieces, and moving forward. We have the ability through conscious choice to focus on what we DO have. This is preferable to dwelling on what we’ve lost or haven’t yet received or accomplished.

Power colors: scarlet red, black, azure blue and deep green-blue.

Power stones: ruby, bloodstone, garnet and jet (Mars). Or, choose topaz (Scorpio). Wearing or carrying these will help balance and mellow out the intense energy. They allow us to gain new hope by relinquishing the past.

Power metals: Iron (Mars) and plutonium (Pluto) are this week’s metals. Neither is good for wearing. They do remind us that strength coupled with adaptability can serve us well. If ill-used, destruction results.

Power fragrances: scents of heather, wild rose, pine, carnation and poppy will help us process past experiences. We can heal and move confidently into the future.

Power foods: use sweet basil, allspice, cayenne, garlic, ginger and pepper to enhance the benefits described.

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