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Tarot Cards That Indicate A Breakup

    Are you curious about which tarot card might indicate a breakup in a tarot reading? Understanding the meaning and symbolism of the tarot cards is a powerful tool for gaining insight into the destiny of a relationship.

    The 5 of Cups is the most clear-cut tarot card in a love reading that points towards a breakup along with the Tower. Other tarot cards are the Lovers in reversal. Death, and the 10 of Swords,

    In this blog post, we’ll explore the tarot cards commonly associated with breakups and their meanings and interpretations. So if you’ve ever wondered which card might appear in a reading about love and heartbreak, read on to learn more!

    If you want to learn more about the tarot cards that suggest you get back with your ex, check out the article below.

    Related article: Tarot Cards That Indicate Your Lover is coming back

    The 5 of cups indicate a BREAKUP IS NEAR

    Even if no single card represents the complex happening of a relationship breaking up, one stands out – the dreaded 5 of Cups. Most tarot readers call the Tower the ultimate breakup card, but I don’t. This is how I see it:

    • 5 of Cups – the breakup happening
    • Tower – the after-effects of the breakup

    The Tower is all about sudden changes that rock your life to the core, and of course, that is often what happens when you break up, but not to that extent – at least not yet.

    Life-changing events are often more targeted towards divorce, longtime relationships, and when your whole identity is on the line.

    Maybe your finances are trembling, you must leave your home, and your kids are not to live with you – then the Tower is there but not in the initial breakup phase, if that makes sense.

    The 5 of Cups are foreseeing the grief and not seeing what you still have in life. That is a break-up in its most refined form.

    I believe the Tower indicates breakups or divorces too, but the 5 of Cups checks all boxes and is fine-tuned towards breakups and relationship endings as an event.

    Through my career as a tarot reader, I noticed that The Five of Cups often show up in love readings that later end up in breakups.

    How do I know this? Many of my clients are returning clients, and I follow them on their life paths. When this card shows up, it strongly indicates the relationship is going south.

    When this card appears in a reading, it often represents loss and disappointment after a relationship ends. It can be hard to see what you have as you focus on everything you have lost.

    The image on the card typically depicts someone mourning over spilled cups, representing the emotional pain and sadness of a breakup.

    As we often ask the tarot cards for future experiences, this card strongly indicates something is up.

    However, it’s important to remember that tarot cards are simply a tool for reflection and self-exploration, and they don’t necessarily predict the future with absolute certainty.

    The cards can give insight and guidance, but ultimately it’s up to you to make decisions and take the best actions for your personal growth and well-being.

    So if you’re going through a breakup or any other challenging situation, take some time to reflect on your feelings and emotions, and consider seeking support from loved ones or a trusted professional.

    Remember, you are not alone; there is always hope for healing and reunion. Even if things seem dark, the sun will rise again. It is often darkest before dawn.


    We have already discussed the Tower, and I have included it here. While tarot cards can never predict the future, a few cards may indicate that a breakup is on the horizon. These are some cards to keep an eye out for regarding breakups:

    1. The Tower – This card is often associated with sudden upheaval and significant changes, which can include the ending of a relationship. It may indicate that a breakup is imminent, and the change will be unexpected and possibly tumultuous. This card relates to the effects of a breakup or divorce.
    2. The Three of Swords – This card is often seen as a representation of heartbreak and emotional pain. It may indicate trouble brewing in your relationship or that a painful breakup is on the way. It is often related to minor arguments and thorns in your heart – but it can mean an argument that leads to a breakup as well,
    3. The Ten of Swords – This card is often seen as the ultimate symbol of betrayal and endings. It may indicate that a relationship is coming to a painful and final close and that you must face the pain head-on to move forward. The struggle has been long, and all the swords have pieced your chakras. But in the background, you see the sun rising for a new day.
    4. The Lovers (reversed) – This card represents the negative polarity of the lovers’ energy. As the Lovers are often seen as predictors of love on the horizon, the reversed card signifies a relationship deteriorating and ending. This might not always mean a breakup, but that love ends. This, in turn, might be a sign of a loveless relationship.
    5. Death – Something needs to end for something new to arise; the Death card indicates endings, but something new will occur after the pain and struggle. Maybe you were not meant to be, and a breakup awaits you. This is when you have signed the divorce papers or moved out of the joint housing. You get the point.

    Remember that tarot cards are simply a tool for reflection and self-exploration and should never be taken to guarantee what’s to come.

    While these cards suggest that a breakup is near, it’s important to remember that you always have the power to make choices and take actions that can influence the future.

    Whether you’re facing a potential breakup or any other challenge, know you have the strength and resilience to navigate it and become stronger on the other side.

    If you want to learn more about the “worst” tarot cards, I invite you to read the article below:

    Further reading: The Worst Tarot Cards In The Deck


    A majority of tarot readers refer to the Tower as a breakup card. When asking what tarot card fellow tarot readers thought was the tarot card that was the strongest indication of a breakup, 49% stated the Tower.

    In the article, we discussed that I think the 5 of Cups is the go-to breakup card. Not all breakups are “bad”; some even long for them to end. Not all are brave to end a relationship that is dead.

    But there is always grief involved – the 5 of Cups. Grief for time spent on something that never ended as hoped, a broken heart, or shattered finances and families, fear for the future. The list goes on.

    3 of Swords was another popular card for indicating breakups. 21% choose this card as the ultimate indicator of a breakup. The Three of Swords is all about heartbreak and sorrow induced by relationships (it might not always be a romantic partner, though).

    The Death card is also a tarot card many call a breakup card. 10% chose the Death card to be their go-to breakup card. I agree; it is all about endings for something new to take place.

    In some cases, relationships are just doomed from the start. It has to end for the two persons to find true love, and how hard this might be to swallow when it unfolds.

    As you notice, no single card in the tarot deck means “breakup”; it depends on the circumstances.

    You will start noticing trends when reading tarot cards for a while. Certain cards seem to pop up when relationships are about to end. That is ok and how it should be. Not everyone reads the cards the same. This is the magic of tarot.

    In the table below, you will find the results of the poll.

    Tarot card indicating breakupProcentage
    The Tower49%
    3 of Swords21%
    Death 10%
    10 of Swords7%
    2 of Cups (reversed)6%
    5 of Swords3%
    The Lovers (reversed)2%
    10 of Cups (reversed)1%
    5 of Cups1%
    Total participants: 129 (Tarot, Tarot, Tarot Facebook group)

    I am always here for you if you are stuck reading your tarot cards, which is common when reading matters of the heart. If you want to book a reading with me, find me here.


    If you’re wondering which tarot card might indicate heartbreak, the card that often comes to mind is the Three of Swords.

    Heartbreak might not mean a breakup or divorce; it can relate to a nasty argument or comment you can’t shake. You know, those comments that are pieced into your heart.

    The Three of Swords depicts a heart pierced by three swords, which can be interpreted as a symbol of emotional pain, heartbreak, or betrayal.

    It’s often associated with sadness, grief, and loss, particularly in love and relationships.

    However, it’s important to remember that tarot cards are open to interpretation, and the meaning of each card can vary depending on the context and the other cards surrounding it.

    So, while the Three of Swords is often seen as a card of heartbreak, it’s always important to look at the bigger picture and consider all the factors at play.

    Sandra Törnroth

    Intuitive multi-modal tarot reader with a love for crystals and everything esoteric


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