Chaos Wave: Five of Cups

Welcome to the Chaos Wave! This week we will be exploring music with the Five of Cups to be later used has a creative writing prompt or brainstorming tool, or simply a means to explore our own emotions when we need to.

It’s often said that a picture is worth a thousand words. I believe the reason for this is that visual art has a way of tapping into our symbolic and metaphoric vocabularies on a subconscious level. In doing so, it evokes emotion within us.

In many ways, we can treat this as an extension of the Emotional Tarot series on this blog. You can choose music from any genre, based on the lyrics, or solely on how the piece makes you feel.

The goal of this series is to map additional associations to each card in our subconscious minds, using keywords and music. The intent is to improve our ability to read the cards by association and increase our creative thought processes.

By the end of this series, we will have increased the size of our word bank for the cards and have play lists to work with for a variety of purposes.


Introduction of the Card

The Five of Cups is card number 40 in the deck within the Orphalese Tarot program and the fifth card of the Cups Suit in the Minor Arcana of the Tarot.

If you haven’t learned about the basic meanings of this card, you can learn about it here from my Tarot Thursday series.

If you haven’t explored the emotional aspects of this card yet, you can that here from my Emotional Tarot series.

Let’s take a look at the following examples of this card below.


Card Examples

Notice the similarities between them and take note of their differences. Do any of these move you more than the others? Do any of them have suggest a rhythm, tempo, or tone to you? Do any lyrics come to mind? Take your time and allow yourself to feel or even hear something with these cards.


The Music Exercise

The exercise for this one is to choose a keyword for this card. Then to select at least four music pieces based upon the keyword to create a play list.

You can learn more about this card here.


What this Card Means to Me

The keyword I choose for this card is: DISAPPOINTED

The four songs I’ve chosen for this exercise:

The current master play list I have for this card, based upon all my keywords:


More Tarot Goodness

If you are interested in learning the basics of tarot from me, visit my Exploring Tarot blog series here.

If you are interested in using tarot as an expressive aid for emotions, visit my Exploring Emotions with Tarot blog series here.


~ Mystic Faerie Tarot by Linda Ravenscroft (Illustrator), Barbara Moore (Author) © 2015
~ Mythic Tarot by Liz Greene (Author), Juliet Sharman-Burke (Author), Tricia Newell (Illustrator) © 1986
~ Necronomicon Tarot by Anne Stokes (Illustrator), Donald Tyson (Author) © 2012
~ Panda Tarot by Severino Baraldi (Illustrator), Lo Scarabeo (Author) © 2017
~ Credit for 3D model and assets used in renders can be found here.

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