6 of Cups




Upright position:


A gift from a childhood acquaintance, happiness and pleasure brought from the past, good memories, a new friendship, new opportunities


The 6 of Cups is often a card about nostalgia; looking back on how things "used" to be. It can be (but is not always) connected with children or childhood.

General: It's important not to spend too much time and effort thinking about the "good old days." We all have happy memories to reflect on from time to time, but if we start thinking that the "best of all years have gone by", then that can become a self fulfilling prophecy.

Work: This is an excellent time for work that involves some level of creativity. If your work does not, make a point to spend a little time drawing, painting, or writing, scrapbooking - whatever you fancy that allows a little creativity - in your personal time. Your day job will go better for you as a result.

Love: If you're currently in a romantic relationship, this card can indicate that a relationship may need to be "refocused" toward the future. Talk about your goals and dreams. Try new things. It's important now not to be stuck in the past. On occasion this card will signify the re-appearance of an old lover in your life. Think long and hard before re-starting an old romance. Exes are usually "exes" for a reason.

Finances: If you're looking for ways to invest money, or to make a little extra money, pay particular attention to things that are retro or nostalgic, or things that appeal to children. Money may come to you from someone from your past or through inheritance (this of course does not mean that someone close to you is necessarily going to pass).

Health: If you're experiencing health problems, the appearance of this card can mean that you need to truly go back to childhood to examine where the roots of your physical problems might lie. (Hint: the emotional is very often tied to the physical.) Talk therapy may be very useful. You may want to make a point to talk to family members about the physical problems that they have faced, and make sure that you have a clear idea of your family's medical history.

Spirituality: Ritual of any kind can be helpful to you spiritually now. You may find beauty and meaning in re-creating some of the spiritual rituals that you knew as a child; this does not mean that you must go back to your earliest spiritual traditions and follow them exactly, updating and re-inventing your old traditions will serve you very well at this time.




Reversed position:


Living in the past, outworn friendships, disappointment


The reversed 6 of Cups is often a card about looking back on how things "used" to be. This is sometimes connected with children or childhood. The reversal suggests that you are rightly beginning to pay more attention to the future, rather than the past.

General: The reversed 6 reminds us that we must stay focused on the present and the future instead of getting or staying "lost in the good old days." Live for today.

Work: The honeymoon period may be over in your work life when you receive the reversed Six of Cups. However, this does not have to be a bad thing, it's simply that your rose colored glasses are off now and you are seeing your surroundings more clearly. Think long and hard before deciding if you need to take some sort of action due to percieved wrongs in the workplace. Many battles are worth fighting, many are not. Trust yourself to know the difference.

Love: The reversed 6 of Cups says that you are likely to begin dealing soon with some issues that you've been avoiding with regards to love. If you are in a committed relationship, things that you had "swept under the rug" to keep harmony may resurface and need to be dealt with soon. If single and longing for love, the time has come to look at yourself and what you are doing (or not doing) to bring that love into your life. Love won't just fall out of the sky; you do have to make an effort.

Finances: You have finally integrated the idea fully that in order for you to have a good flow of finances, that you must pay attention to money and your actions around it. If you need help with handling your finances well, don't hesitate to ask for it. Get your money to working for you. Avoiding the issue only sets you back.

Health: When you draw the 6 of Cups reversed, you may have been "turning a blind eye" to things that you've needed to address for your health for some time now. You'll find yourself ready, willing and able to address these challenges. You already know in your gut what you need to do. Time to do it.

Spirituality: This is a time to give thanks for the past but not to feel as though you must remain exactly who you were when you are younger. You have reached a point where it is important to look into other ways of exploring your spirituality, and where you can benefit from learning from the approaches that others take. Read, and listen, and you will benefit tremendously.