Standing in utter despair, the person in this key ignores both the three overturned cups and the two remaining that hold hope and promise. The river before him represents his subconscious, or the flow of life’s events and his choice to accept of reject them. Interestingly, the figure also ignores the bridge just a ways upsteam, over which he could cross to the castle of hope. While the Five of Cups represents depression and despair, and a sense of hopelessness, the bridge is actually the most important symbol in the key. There is ALWAYS hope, if you would but take one step forward!