Six of Cups Tarot Card Meanings & Combinations
Water, female, passive energy - emotions
Keywords and Phrases:
‘blast from the past,’ nostalgia.
Six of Cups Tarot Card Meanings
The focus of the card is the children playing in the meadow, a reflection of days gone by, filling cups with the flowers of happy memories.
The Six of Cups represents past influences, so people or places from the past will feature or make a reappearance. In whatever context, there’s always a past connection with this card. For instance, depending upon surrounding cards it may show a place you’ve previously worked, somewhere you used to live - an old stomping ground, an old friend reappearing, or a past love coming back onto your radar.
You can expect a past aspect to make an entrance, but if surrounded by certain cards it may show nostalgia, or longing for things that used to be, although generally this is a happy card.
If reversed or ill-dignified the focus is more upon the here and now, the future, and brings new possibilities.
Similar or supporting cards: Judgement (resurrection, roots in the past) Temperance (renewal)
Opposing or contradictory cards: The Fool and the Aces bring new beginnings, rather than past aspects.
Six of Cups Tarot Card Combinations:
For reconciliation situations look for the presence of Judgement and Temperance to support, but most particularly Judgement. In other situations the surrounding cards will show what the past aspect is associated to. For example:
> Ace of Wands (or Eight of Pentacles): it may be a new job but you there are previous connections to it, either worked there previously, or an old associate leads you to it.
Knight of Wands > Six of Cups: moving back to somewhere connected to your past.
> Seven of Cups: dreaming of past times, nostalgia, (if The Moon also present or surrounding then possibly not very realistic).
Six of Cups > The Devil: may show an obsession with an old love, can’t let go.
> Ace of Cups: New relationship with someone from your past, already known, perhaps an old love or childhood sweetheart.
> Ten of Pentacles: childhood home
> Three of Cups: reunion with old friends.
> Temperance > Judgement: resurrection and reconciliation (strongest indicator).
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