Yoga Tarot Challenge: Day 18 | 5 of Chalices (Cups)

Welcome to Day 18/78 of my Yoga Tarot Challenge. Today, we have the…

5 of Chalices (Cups) paired with the supported shoulder-stand, Sarvangasana.

My first thought when I saw this card was: Wait…this woman looks way too content for the 5 of Chalices. And flexible. I expected the 5 of Chalices to be someone in Apasana. Maybe even crying. (In my head, I just heard Tom Hanks yell in classic League-of-Their-Own style: “There’s no crying in yoga!”) I know there’s crying in yoga. Yoga opens up too much within to not cry sometimes.

Yoga Tarot Card Image © Lo Scarabeo

“Fanaticism, pride, and conceit are obstacles that I must overcome. Openness of the heart — mysticism” (p. 12).

What? This is not the 5 of Cups I’m familiar with, which is all about suffering, loss, and sadness.

Is this card saying that the suffering we experience originates from fanaticism, pride, and conceit? Well, that’s what the Buddhists would say. Suffering comes from attachment and what says attachment like a proudly conceited fanatic? That person is attached.

Openness of the heart makes me think of radical acceptance. I love/hate the concept of radical acceptance because it forces me to admit that I am being too attached to something (often something I cannot name). I have to always remind myself that acceptance, like forgiveness, is not an endorsement or approval of whatever it is I’m struggling to accept; it’s the acknowledgement that it’s there (and maybe not going anywhere for awhile…).

Mysticism is defined (by Google) as “belief that union with or absorption into the Deity or the absolute, or the spiritual apprehension of knowledge inaccessible to the intellect, may be attained through contemplation and self-surrender.”

So, when one draws the 5 of Chalices, I suppose it’s time for some radical acceptance and contemplation….

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!


2 thoughts on “Yoga Tarot Challenge: Day 18 | 5 of Chalices (Cups)

  1. I too have thought of the card as something along the lines of crying over spilled milk, or looking at the glass as “half empty.”

    This interpretation is much more profound.

    Have a great weekend! 🙂


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