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Upright: Revisiting the past, childhood memories, innocence, joy
Reversed: Living in the past, forgiveness, lacking playfulness
In the Six of Cups, a young boy leans down and passes a cup filled with flowers to a younger girl. The girl looks up to the boy with love and respect, as he offers the flowers to her. In this gentle act, there is love, harmony and co-operation – all key elements of the Six of Cups. The young children also represent the past and childhood memories
In the background, an older man walks away in the distance, as if to say you no longer need to worry about adult issues; simply enjoy the moment of being young, innocent and free again. The children also appear to be standing in the courtyard of a large home, symbolising comfort, safety and security. In the foreground, stand four more cups filled with flowers, and another on a pedestal behind the boy.
NOTE: The Tarot card meaning description is based on the Rider Waite cards.
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The Six of Cups is a card that takes you back to the joyful memories from your past, whether as a child, teenager or young adult. You may simply be revisiting those memories in your mind, or you may travel back to your childhood home or reconnect with your childhood friends. You could be going to a high school reunion or reconnecting with a childhood friend. A teenage sweetheart or past lover may turn up again. These connections bring you a sense of joy and happiness as you reminisce on all of the fun times you had together. You will also have the opportunity to explore whether you still have a lot in common and if you wish to continue the relationship now in the present moment.
The Six of Cups often indicates an increased level of harmony and cooperation in your relationships. You are open to give and receive, without expectation. You are also willing to give each other the benefit of the doubt, having moved on from the challenging emotions of the Five of Cups. It’s time to turn a new leaf and start afresh from a more positive place.
The Six of Cups invites you to get in touch with your inner child and experience all of the fun, freedom and innocence that comes with being a young child again. You might like to start an adult colouring book, dance like no-one is watching you, play your favourite childhood games or simply spend more time around (happy) children. When you give yourself permission to be playful, spontaneous, and creative, you connect more deeply with your genuine, authentic self and your intuition.
The Six of Cups can also refer to children in your life. It can suggest a pregnancy (perhaps twins), a birth and siblings who play nicely together. It may also be a sign that you are about to spend more time with young children, playing, laughing and learning together. Children are often here to teach you something about yourself and can serve as great advisors. Kids are also good role models to follow when you wish to be more present, open-minded and curious as they see the world as a magical place and their hearts are open to the myriad of pleasures available to them.
When the Six of Cups reversed appears in a reading, you may be clinging to the past and losing touch with the present. Reflecting on the past may bring up positive or negative feelings, but either way, when you find yourself living in the past or wishing for 'how things used to be' and not living in the present, you miss out on the opportunities that are here for you now. Indulge a little in reminiscing about the past, but know that it is only in the present moment where you can make true, lasting change. This is also an opportunity for you to make peace with the past so that you can focus on the now. Learn from your mistakes, forgive others and yourself, and acknowledge that life is in a constant state of change as you move from ‘what has been’ to ‘what is’. Let go of the past, and bring your attention firmly into the present.
The reversed Six of Cups may also be a sign that you have lost touch with your inner child and life has become boring, repetitive, and ‘stale’. You might be closed off to new opportunities and gifts from the Universe, simply because you are taking on too much responsibility and heaviness that’s often associated with being an adult. Now is the perfect time to open yourself up to a curious mind and to have some fun, as if you were a child again. If you find yourself saying, "Oh but I don't have time!" then make time!! Play! Have some time out. Go jump in puddles or build sand castles.
At times, the Six of Cups reversed can be a sign that you are taking a walk down memory lane, but privately. Perhaps you are thinking about an ex or you’ve even started seeing each other again, but you are choosing to keep this information private to you. You may be reluctant to let others know that you are going back to your past and revisiting these old memories or relationships, in fear that they may judge you negatively.