Six of Cups

Written by Jacob. Published on September 18th, 2011 at 18:17.

Six of Cups Rider Waite Tarot

Six of Cups Artwork Description

“Children in an old garden, their cups filled with flowers.” 1

Six of Cups Associations

  • Six: Balance; restoration, equilibrium, harmony; equality, unity.
  • Element: Water.
  • Timing: Autumn; slothy; dynamic.
  • Direction: West/indirect; continuity.
  • Keywords: Relationships; family, friends, strangers, enemies; coworkers; romance/lovers; emotional attachments to other sentient beings or highly valued things.

Six of Cups Basic Meaning

The Six of Cups is about harmony, happiness, and contentment. It is about finding joy by reminiscing in past memories especially in childhood.

Additional Interpretations

“Living in the past; not willing to let the past go; the study of history or genealogy; a discovery about the past; meeting someone from your past; learning about a legacy; a gift from an admirer (usually supported by other cards); nostalgia; the possibility of a lover returning (again, look at surrounding cards). Actions of the past bear emotional fruit in the present; sentimental journey.” 2

“Two children among six flowering cups. There is a great deal of rich and complex symbolism in this card, but in a nutshell, it is a moment of innocent love, the boy and the girl both touching that one cup with the flower in it. He gets joy from giving it to her, and she gets joy in receiving it from him. This card is most often viewed as nostalgia, of some old friend or thing coming back into our lives and letting us relive a happy moment from our past. The real meaning, however, is ‘joy,’ in particular, a known joy. This is the connection we make with someone (or something) who always makes us feel happy. They, in turn, get an equal measure of joy from making us happy.

The joy we get is familiar and reliable. This might be gained by flipping through old photos and remembering happier times, chatting with a beloved family member, meeting with good friends for a drink, indulging in familiar foods, or enjoying the comfort of a favorite pair of slippers.

As with all the sixes, this remarkable moment of happiness cannot last, no more than the children can stay innocent children. This known joy, like a bowl of chicken soup, can make everything right and better for the moment, but the querent should not rely on it as a miracle cure. This card can also warn that the querent is too attached to the ‘known,’ and afraid to experience anything new or unknown. They may be too reliant on old habits or too attached to an old lover.

For this moment, however, the reader can tell the querent that this is what they need to restore emotional equilibrium: to connect with someone or something that they know will make them happy.” 3

“Meaning: A card of the past and of memories, looking back, as — for example — on childhood; happiness, enjoyment, but coming rather from the past; things that have vanished. Another reading reverses this, giving new relations, new knowledge, new environment, and then the children are playing in a newly entered precinct. Pleasant memories.

Reversed: The future, renewal, that which will come to pass presently. Inheritance to fall in quickly.” 1

Axank’s Dream Recollection

September 17-18, 2011
I think I dreamt about being some one… maybe?