The 6 Of Cups represent childlike wonder, imagination, and reminiscing over the past. Looking back fondly on childhood memories or revisiting places that hold special meaning in our hearts is a depiction of the 6 of Cups. Reflecting on the past can give us the ability to learn from our mistakes, and make better decisions in the present. There’s a youthful wonder and innocence shown in the 6 Of Cups, so get ready to channel your inner child!
The suit of goblets, cups, or chalices are one of 4 suits in the Minor Arcana , and correspond with the suit of hearts in traditional playing card decks. Water is the element associated with the suit of cups, and represents “going with the flow”. Water can be calm and soothing, or intense and destructive. It can provide life and be a source of growth or erode and decay whatever it comes in contact with. The suit of cups has a strong feminine characteristic, and ties closely to relationships, emotions, and intuition. The suit of Cups in a tarot reading deal more with the heart than the head, and rely heavily on feelings and relationships.
The 6 of Cups is such a beautiful and innocent card. Two young children stand in the center of a courtyard within a castle or village. A young boy is leaning forward, handing a cup containing a white flower down to an even younger girl. Inside the cup is a white flower, and 4 more cups with white flowers line the foreground. The 6th cup sits on top of a stone pedestal directly behind the boy, and a cobblestone walkway leads deeper into the heart of the castle.
Could this be a brother and sister relationship, or just two children showing affection and care for one another? I see an example of two children sharing their ‘toys’ and working together in a mutual relationship that benefits both parties. Harmony and unity are also displayed in the 6 of Cups through this sweet and caring gesture.
It looks like a soldier holding a spear is walking along the stone path. The mans back is turned, and it seems as though he’s walking with a sense of purpose. I believe the soldier walking away represent leaving childish things behind, and assuming the responsibility that comes with being an adult. What are your thoughts and feelings about the solider? Let me know what you think!
Stuck In The Past
The 6 Of Cups Upright is a trip down memory lane. Revisiting childhood memories, experiences, schools, homes, or friends is a common theme of the 6 of Cups Upright. Reflecting on the good times from the past is a reminder that the difficulty we experience now won’t last forever. When we look back on the past we’re typically nostalgic, with rosy recollections. Now we get to laugh about the “not so good” times, and think about how problems were never as bad as we made them out to be. Every one of us has had experiences growing up that we thought we’d never live down. “My parents are going to kill me!!!” type experiences that we can only chuckle at now. Live, learn, and move on! You always come through the other side stronger, wiser, and better equipped to handle future difficulty.
Youthfulness and innocence are on full display with the 6 of Cups Upright. Children can teach us invaluable lessons on living in the moment, and having fun! There’s no time like the present, and tomorrow is not guaranteed. In the book of Matthew, Jesus says: “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.” Life is too short to waste our time stressed and fearful over future events that may or may not happen. Mark Twain said: “Worry is like paying a debt you don’t owe”. Kids can also remind us to enjoy the small stuff. Remember how excited we got for birthdays, Christmas, our first puppy, magic tricks, and riding our bikes farther than our parents said we could? Have fun again, do what makes you happy and excited….It keeps you feeling young, no matter how old you are!
The childlike parallel I draw from the 6 of Cups upright is the desire to keep learning, asking questions, and the belief that anything is possible. Children don’t know what “impossible” means, and they allow their imagination to soar. What did you dream of being when you were growing up? An astronaut, a lawyer, a doctor, the president? It was only when someone else’s limits were introduced into our lives that our dreams and aspirations began to change. Eliminate the words ‘never’, ‘impossible’, ‘can’t’, or ‘won’t’ from your vocabulary and watch how life opens up. Why allow someone else’s lack of belief in themselves limit you from what you’re capable of? We’re all blessed with limitless potential, and you can be, do, or have anything you desire.
One final note regarding the 6 of Cups Upright. In the card we see a young boy handing over a cup containing a white flower to the young girl. This reflects unity, harmony, and cooperation. The way I see it is that we’re all in this together. It doesn’t matter if you’re a man or woman, black or white, young or old, republican, or democrat, because at the end of the day….We’re all made out of the same ‘stuff’. Instead of spending time focusing on what sets us apart, let’s focus on what makes us similar and unique. We’re all human, so let’s work together to make this world better place to live!
Are you holding onto the past, wishing for the good old days? The 6 of Cups Reversed is a reminder that while we can’t change the past, we can take control of our present. Living in the past is like driving and looking in the rear view mirror. It’s great to take a moment to see how far you’ve come, but if you stare too long you’ll miss what’s right in front of you. Drawing the 6 of Cups Reversed in a reading indicate that it’s time to come to terms with the past, and start living for today. Acknowledge the past and learn from prior experience to better serve you moving forward. Today is a new opportunity to be better than yesterday, and right NOW is the only thing that we have control over.
Another meaning of the 6 of Cups Reversed is letting go of childish behavior, and accepting adult responsibility. I won’t dismiss or disparage how anyone chooses to live their life, but there comes a time when we need to leave home and blaze our own trail. We can’t spend all day playing video games, watching Netflix, and eating taco bell 4th meals our entire lives. I mean I guess you can, but it’ll prevent you from experiencing what life truly has to offer. The feeling you get from being independent and making it on your own in the world is empowering and builds confidence. Put on your big boy (or girl!) pants, leave the comfort of home, and start living!
Just because you’ve grown up, and assumed responsibility for your life doesn’t mean it has to be boring! Remember, all work and no play makes jack a dull boy. Life is all about balance, and finding a happy medium. The 6 of Cups Reversed can also mean channeling your inner child and introducing some fun back into your life. Go sledding when it snows, fly a kite, eat ice cream for dinner, or do something that makes you feel young. Let loose every once in a while and HAVE FUN!
The 6 of Cups Love tarot card represent familiarity and past or previous relationships. Someone you’ve known since childhood, or an ex from the past may be reentering the picture when the 6 of Cups Love card appears. If you’re in a relationship, you and your partner have grown extremely close together and it feels like you know one another like a book, cover to cover. Consider revisiting the place where the two of you first met, or where you shared your first kiss. Reminisce about where the relationship started, and how far it’s come.
The flip side of the 6 of Cups Love card is that one of you may be experiencing frustration in the relationship because of immaturity or childishness. You or your partner may be the ‘adult’ in the relationship, and feel like you’re taking care of an adult child. Have a conversation and get on the same page to avoid resentment and bitterness.
If you’re single and receive the 6 of Cups Love card, there may be a random encounter with an ex or previous lover. There’s also the possibility that an old ‘summer love’ or high school sweetheart reappears in your life. Open yourself up to these new possibilities, and find out how this person has changed since the last time you met. The attraction you had for them in the past may not hold true in the present. Take a chance on reigniting the flame, and if it isn’t working then there’s no love lost!
The 6 of Cups Money meaning relate to working together and collaborating with coworkers, friends, and family. This is an excellent time to review what brought you to this point, and make corrections if necessary. Working together with coworkers and being part of a team will reap tremendous benefits for you, and everyone else involved. You may also be looking back at the jobs you’ve held in the past and experienced success in. The familiarity and knowledge of what worked before could lead to a return to that career.
When it comes to your finances, the 6 of Cups Money tarot card can signify a gift or inheritance from a family member or old acquaintance. Alternatively, you could feel compelled to give freely to family or friends in need. Showing kindness and support to your fellow man will always come back around in the end. You may open up your household to a brother, sister, friend, or loved one when the 6 of Cups Money card appears. This not only spreads out the monetary responsibility of housing, food, and utilities, but also allows you to save/invest more each month.
What are some of your fondest childhood memories? Do you ever feel like you're stuck in the past, unable to look forward and move on? Are you so focused on work and responsibility that you forget to stay in the present? How do you channel your 'inner child' and have fun? Let's talk about it!