The Six of Cups Card Definitions


KEYWORDS: Childhood, Pleasure, Innocence, Good Will, Reunion, Nostalgia, Joy

CARD DEFINITION: This is the time to make the best of new opportunities. Happiness may be brought to the present from the past. Too much of overindulgence about the pats may not be good. This may be the beginning of a new relationship.

REVERSE DEFINITION: It doesn't help to think too much about the past. Reliving lost glory isn't going to get you anywhere in life. Return to the present and face life as it is.

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Interpreting The Six of Cups

As is the case with other sixes in other suits, the Six of Cups represents the reaching of a balance or period of respite and healing after a preceding one of strife and turmoil - specifically in terms of love and relationships with others. In this instance, the rest and rejuvenation specified comes from looking back on fond memories and happier times from our pasts. This is a very positive card that is imbued with happiness and lightness of feeling. This is the case because recovery from sadness or loss should always be about finding balance again through focusing on the good in life, never stopping to dwell on the bad.

For some, the concept of using nostalgia and focus on one's past as an avenue to healing may seem contrary to everything they've ever been told. However, it is important to note that the past in and of itself is not a bad thing. It only becomes so when a person becomes stuck there, mired down by regret over things he should have done different. While there is not any usefulness or benefit in dwelling on things that can't be changed, there is indeed a lot of joy to be found in mentally reliving pleasant memories from time to time… especially as a source of inspiration to help one power on to a better, brighter future. The Six of Cups depicts reflection on a happy past as part of a complete existence along with appreciation of the gifts of the present and the looking forward to the possibilities of the future.

The traditional tarot image attached to the Six of Cups shows us two children in a weathered garden setting, representing our younger selves as they exist in an idyllic setting that has only been enhanced by time and history. Five cups hold various positions within the composition of the image as a whole, only instead of being filled with wine that can easily be spilled if the cups are tipped over, these cups are filled with flowers - full of beauty just the same, but also full of something that can never be spilt or spoiled in any way. The boy child holds the sixth cup in his hands and is in the act of presenting it to the girl child - a beautiful representation of the way memories can be a beautiful gift that connects us to others.

The appearance of the Six of Cups in a tarot spread can mean a number of things, but all are positive and optimistic in nature. On one hand, it can be a reminder to look at the world through the eyes of a child - especially if the querent finds himself coming out of a situation that is all too fraught with adult worries. Children are eternal optimists, always seeing the world around them as perfect and new experiences as adventures to be open to. It is their secret to what can seem like unstoppable resiliency and cheer. The Six asks the querent to remember what it was to live this way, as we were all in possession of that mindset once. Reclaiming it is the key to moving forward into a productive and beautiful future that is all we'd like it to be. However, the Six of Cups can also represent the realms of sex, childbirth and childhood specifically. The surrounding cards and the exact positioning of the Six in the spread at large will lend more insight into how exactly the card should be interpreted.