Six of Cups Tarot Card Meanings

Pamela Colman Smith, 1909

Six of Cups Keywords: Nostalgia, Memories, Children, Childhood

Six of Cups Tarot Card Description

A little boy gives a little girl, who we assume is his sister, a large goblet filled with foliage and one white flower. Five other goblets filled with the same foliage and flowers stand in the foreground and on a pillar behind the boy. The setting is the courtyard of a fortified house/castle, which seems to be the children’s home. In the background we see a man carrying a stave walking up to the castle.

Our focus is drawn to the children in their bright clothes. Yellow, symbolizing happiness, joy, and friendship, dominates the background. The yellow goblets seem to blend into this yellow background, further emphasizing the importance of the children in the picture.

What The Six of Cups Means In A Tarot Reading

Nostalgia is one of the meanings often given to the Six of Cups. When it appears in a reading you might be remembering the past fondly. There’s a sense of peace and security in the scene, which is often likened to the sense of peace and security we felt in our childhood home. You might be remembering happy events from your childhood, or youth. When we do this, we tend to see these times in the past as simpler and happier than perhaps they really were. There’s a sense of longing for these simpler, happier times in the Six of Cups.

The Six of Cups is a positive omen. If you’re wondering about the outcome of a situation, the Six of Cups indicates that the situation will work out positively, in your favour. If you’re reading about a problem, then you should look to your childhood to find the root of the problem. This will help guide you to the solution.

You may have drawn this card to encourage you to review something in your past. Someone from your past may come back into your life. There’s a sense here of the past being in the present. The past is influencing the present situation.

For me, this card almost always refers to spending quality time with my children. It’s about their influence on me. When I draw this card, I know that I’ll be focusing on them and their activities. In this case it has nothing at all to do with the past, it’s focused very much on me being present with my children.

If you’re reading about the future then, depending on the surrounding cards, the situation, and the client you’re reading about, it’s possible that this card refers to a new baby or starting a family. 

Six of Cups Love And Relationships Tarot Meaning

If you’re in a relationship, then it’s likely that you and your partner have a history together. This has had a significant influence on your life and the memories are happy. Equally, if you’re single and wondering if a relationship is on the cards for you, then there’s a strong possibility that someone from your past will come back into your life.

This is a card of cooperation and harmony. Relationships will be peaceful and happy at this time.

The Six of Cups has strong associations with children and childhood. It’s possible that you and your partner will start a family or have another baby. Or it may be that you’ll be focusing more on your family life and will spend more time enjoying being together as a family.

Remember that the Six of Cups is a positive omen.

Six of Cups Career Tarot Meaning

There’s a sense here also that the past will influence the present. Perhaps someone from your past will come back into your life in some way and this will impact your career. This will be a positive experience.

There’s also a possibility that you’ll be working with children. If this is a career path that you’ve been considering, then there’s very chance it would be a good choice for you.

You may also find that your career will take a back seat for a while and that you’ll be focusing your attention on your children for now. This isn’t a choice that will be forced on you. If it happens, it’ll be something that you choose for yourself. There’ll be no sense of sacrificing your career. 

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