Six of Cups Tarot Card

The Tarot Suit of Cups

The Tarot Suit of Cups is associated with the suit of Hearts in standard playing cards.

The cups depicted on tarot cards are usually, but not necessarily, in the style of ceremonial cups, chalices, or goblets. There are meanings associated with each of the suits in a tarot deck, as well as the more specific interpretations associated with each individual card and the yet more precise meanings of particular cards in particular locations within spreads.

The suit of cups is associated with the element of water. It is also associated with the season of autumn (or 'fall' in U.S. English), and with the direction West.

Cups concern emotions, love, romance, the wide range of emotions, mastery of emotions and feelings, and 'gut reactions' that call upon our intuitive as opposed to intellectual abilities and development.

The 'Sixes' in the tarot deck reflect the fact that six is located at the centre of the Kabbalist Tree of Life, which implies harmony and communication.

In the case of the 6 of Cups, many traditional decks depict images of children enjoying a positive childhood in an affluent setting surrounded by flowers and rich symbolism. Some writers refer to these children (usually both a male and a female child) as two childlike aspects of ourselves. This is a joyous card.

The 6 of Cups Tarot Card may bring us many small promptings, and positive reminders such as to appreciate all the small joys in our situation, to take time to smell the flowers (in summer, or to appreciate the beauty of our surroundings whatever the season) and to perceive every situation from an optimistic, almost child-like perspective. The six of cups is a cheerful reminder not to be cynical but instead to listen to your child within or 'inner-child'.


Keywords and phrases for some of the possible interpretations of the 6 of Cups Tarot Card include:

  • Affectionate recollections
  • Childhood pleasures
  • Happy memories
  • Nostalgia
  • Past times

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What about the Six of Cups Reversed ?

Some interpretations of the meaning of the 6 of Cups reversed include:

  • Over-focus on the past, as in clinging to distant memories
  • Renewal of past friendships or other relationships
  • Plans about to come to reach a conclusion (fruition or abandonment)

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