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Ludy Lescot 5 of Cups

This post was written by Barbara Moore
on February 26, 2013 | Comments (3)

Today I feel like talking about a sad card. Maybe because I’m feeling a little disheartened myself. When you are feeling a certain way, do you ever flip through your decks, look at cards, and find yourself attracted to ones that reflect your mood? I suppose it’s a natural way to connect with the cards. In them, you can find compassion and understanding reflected back at you…and if you look deep enough, maybe you can learn something useful.

This is the 5 of Cups from the Ludy Lescot Tarot (HERE):

This particular image is so poignant, if perhaps a bit over dramatic. But there are times, there are definitely times when a loss just feels that overwhelming and there is nothing to do but throw yourself on the ground and weep. Now I don’t think this is good to do for very long, but notice in the image, the cup on the ledge is still pouring out liquid, so it couldn’t have been overturned more than a moment ago. This is a reaction to a fresh wound, an agony that you haven’t been able to get used to yet.

There is a shadow of someone walking away. Again, he must have just left her side. The hurt is so very raw.

Sometimes we focus so much on “being happy” and feeling good and fixing things that we don’t take the time to feel pain and sadness. Sometimes we, as tarot readers, focus on finding the positive message in every card, denying ourselves, our clients, the right to weep and wail at the tragic injustice of being hurt! So this card says it’s okay to cry. At least for a little while.

Then, of course, we have to get up, brush off our cute outfit, pick up our precious cups, and move on.

Reader Comments

Written By Paula
on February 26th, 2013 @ 9:55 am

Barbara, I love this and the idea that first we have to grieve, feel the loss, express the pain, before we can get up and move forward.

What is interesting to me is that when I looked at the card, I saw someone yet unrecognized, undefined as coming toward her, not walking away. As if to support and help her get up and move forward again.

Of course, I’m not seeing the card up close and personal but I always find it interesting to look at what those first responses are…

It also took me a moment to see that it was a crypt/tombstone the woman was leaning against…at first, it looked like a tapestry loom. Which could be, for me a weaver, a way to process grief…through our creative work.

Thanks for sharing this.

Written By Sophie
on February 26th, 2013 @ 11:06 am

Powerful Barbara…Really. Your text with this particular image is the perfect combinaison to describe what we feel inside when everything is falling down and we are so tired, and weak, and desparate…and just want to give up…Just before that moment when all our inner strengh is about to blow and get us on our feet. You touched me. Thank you.

Written By Ty Bevington
on February 27th, 2013 @ 8:10 am

Barbara, I’ve had this deck a little over a year & it continues to surprise me & move me. This card is very evocative, and when I saw it it made me flash back to a loss I felt over 25 years ago…and reflect on pain I was feeling now. How powerful is tarot when it can bridge a gap that large? Now I can relate the loss I felt back then & how I healed to help me in my current situation.

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