Wednesday, December 8, 2021

The Six of Cups Tarot Card Meaning

The Six of Cups tarot card

The Six of Cups

by Amethyst Black

What’s better than meeting up with an old friend, and/or reminiscing about the good old days; or alternatively, meeting a potential romantic partner and allowing oneself to immerse in daydreams of what may come to be? Such scenarios, as well as others denoted below, are typical of the Six of Cups tarot card. Though it is largely positive, it also provides us with a few cautions; one of its main messages in this sense, is to leave all but fond memories in the past.

Western astrology: Sol in Scorpio. November 2nd to November 12th. Qabalah: Tiphareth. Color: Yellow. 


The Six of Cups Upright

  • Having fun; an enjoyable time.
  • Meeting with or spending time with a friend.
  • Someone who could prove helpful in the circumstance at hand.
  • The kind of friend you want to have during times of hardship.
  • A person wants to get to know you better.
  • Anticipating a person’s return.
  • Dating someone you used to date, or returning to an ex.
  • Someone seemingly “simple,” who is actually a deep thinker, with a tendency to tune into details.
  • A person who is “on your side.”
  • When referring to intimacy issues, this refers to when this has become a peripherality—a mosaic tile amongst the big-picture collection of mosaic tiles. No less important, but yet, another tile. 
  • In hopes of romance, a potential for love or a relationship to emerge.
  • An auspicious ruling energy is suggested by the number six. The auspicious energy guarantees nothing, but rather, urges one to make mindful choices in order to have the connection bloom. In this sense, the suggestion is that it could go either way—romantic or platonic according to choices made. 
  • Alongside Lust/Strength or The Lovers, a friendship with benefits is suggested.
  • Denotes an appropriate time or circumstance to give a gift or token of affection.
  • Peripheral, especially a person who is peripheral to a situation.
  • An appointment or date. May denote someone pondering setting up a date with you.
  • Your query will be responded to at a later date.
  • Noon, due to relativity to the number six.
  • Sometimes, feelings of euphoria.
  • Approachable.
  • Giving or receiving a gift.
  • Making a wish, having a dream come true, or making someone’s dream come true.
  • Daydreaming.
  • Nostalgia, and fond memories. An event that happened in the past.
  • Children, circumstance of childhood, childhood memories.
  • Young, childlike.
  • Innocence, purity.
  • “With child”; also, someone who recently gave birth.
  • Rural or rustic, or a barn. A garden. Relating to a roof, attic, or second floor. A well.
  • Safe, and also, a safe environment.
  • A simple, uncomplicated situation.
  • Naivete.


The Six of Cups Reversed

  • Attachments to past events, or hanging onto memories of the past.
  • Hanging onto a friendship or relationship that no longer serves.
  • Releasing a close but toxic relationship.
  • In new romance, the connection will likely evolve to become platonic in nature.
  • One partner perceiving what began as a romantic encounter, as being platonic.
  • A missed appointment has created an issue or blockage.
  • It may take time for a new friend or romantic partner to warm up and open up to you.
  • Returning to a location where a lover or friend was met.
  • A person intends to create emotional distance.
  • An intent to convert romance to friendship, or vice versa.
  • Missing someone.
  • Someone you used to know, used to be fond of, or met long ago.
  • A Stranger.
  • Unfriendly.
  • A negative undercurrent.
  • Sometimes, a person working against you, in or around a specific environment.
  • Spiritual attachments (cords). When besides the Devil card, may refer to hindering, spiritual attachments.
  • A matter from the distant past that adversely impacts you today.
  • Emotional baggage, in need of clearing out.
  • Immature.
  • An issue that arose from childhood experience.
  • With the Five of Cups, the loss of a friend or loved one.
  • In the darkest of days, a friend to talk to, discuss things with, or enjoy time with.
  • To override feelings of hardship—mentally, “go to a happy place”—think positive thoughts.
  • Told something that no longer holds true.
  • Congenital.
  • Unsafe, toxic, impure.
  • Guilty.
  • A bystander.
  • Subtlety, subtle details.
  • Though this individual is a friend, they are unlikely to help you in the matter at hand.
  • In need of work, upgrading, nurture, or attention. Eroded with time. Decrepit.
  • Sometimes, a person who you’d be best advised not to displease. This is a person who holds grudges and angers easily.
  • Working with dated, archaic, or obsolete tools or in an environment that doesn’t well serve for the same reason.

Image Copyright Information

Illustrations from the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck®, known also as the Rider Tarot and the Waite Tarot, reproduced by permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902 USA. Copyright ©1971 by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. Further reproduction prohibited. The Rider-Waite Tarot Deck® is a registered trademark of U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

RWS image is a Wikimedia file from a 1909 deck originally scanned by Holly Voley

Disclaimer: I share some meanings for educational purposes only. It would be insulting to readers to define ones that should not be told to clients and friends for ethical reasons. You decide, but know that not all definitions were intended to be handed out regardless of the feelings they may cause.

Timing reference: Lon Milo Duquette's book, Understanding Aleister Crowley's Thoth Tarot. Bill Heidrick's site was used for the color and astrological attributions.

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