Six of Cups

To gain a more complete understanding of the Six of Cups, an overview of the suit and number is provided first.

Overview of the Cups

Aliases: Chalices

Element: Water

Zodiac: Pisces, Cancer, Scorpio

Playing Card Suit: Hearts

Class: Artists and Visionaries

Rules: The Heart

The Cups focus on emotions and matters of the heart. Tarot card meanings for the Cups suit tend to guide emotional questions of almost any nature.

Connected to the element of Water, this suit rules the Zodiac Water signs of Pisces, Cancer and Scorpio.

If you want to see all of the Tarot cards in the Cups suit, visit The Cups.

The Cups is the Tarot suit long connected with any issues of emotion. Ruled by water, feelings can run high when this suit makes an appearance.

When looking at the meaning of each Tarot card in the Cups suit, make note of what other suits are present. If there are also a lot of Coins or Wands, this indicates what is actually happening.

The presence of a number of Cups or Swords cards can suggest that this is more subjective, what the querent is feeling.

If you're just learning to read Tarot cards, use the position in the Tarot layout as well as the meanings to guide you. And never forget to listen to your gut instinct, even if it means the changing the official definition slightly.

Synopsis of the Sixes

Six eases the sting of Five and rules peace, harmony, love and beauty.

When Six appears, it is usually a signal of the beginning of success.

There is another side to the pleasant Six, of course.

The Six only hints at the hard work, tension and effort that happens behind the scenes to make all that peace possible.

With Six, the rewards are great but so is the effort. Love and choice are a necessary part of Six.

Upright Tarot Card Meaning:

Nostalgic memories play a strong role with the Six of Cups.

Your emotional past, old connections, ex-lovers, old friends - all of these may be resurfacing to influence your future.

In some cases, the return may be to carry on where they left off; reconnecting with a lover, for instance. Other times, you might revisit your past to understand yourself better and learn what you need for the future.                                

Reversed Tarot Card Meaning:

Living in the past is no way to enjoy the present or embrace the future.  

When the Six of Cups is reversed, you hold your past up to block your future.

Remember that our memories of what happened are selective.  Usually only the prettiest thoughts of the past remain.

We can also use our past to prove our lack of worth.  Perhaps our family or lover was non supportive - in this case, these memories and the doubts they create belong firmly behind us.

A fresh start begins with realizing who we currently are, and not buying into what people think we should be.

Tarot Card Keywords:

happy memories, nostalgia, old relationships, returning to the past to understand the future, rewards for past efforts, return of past lovers and friends, stuck in the past, refusal to move, fear of future, self-doubt, blame of past, requiring a fresh start.

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