Six of Cups Tarot Card Meaning

Six of Cups


good memories, happiness, childhood


renewal, the future

Visual Description of the Six of Cups:

Two children stand behind four cups filled with flowers. Behind the boy child another cup filled with flowers is slightly raised. The boy is handing the sixth cup, similarly filled with flowers, to a girl. She looks at him with innocent love and respect. She admires him and he is fond of her. The flowers represent beauty and bounty. A short distance behind them an older man is leaving the courtyard where the children are standing. He is a symbol that adult concerns have no place in this sanctuary of childlike wonder and comfort. The children are safe here and they have nothing to fear, they can enjoy their innocent play.


Divinatory Meaning of the Six of Cups:

Upright Meaning of the Six of Cups Tarot Card:

The querent is revisiting happy memories from the past. This reminiscing could be inspired by a current relationship or the fact that they are satisfied, happy and secure with where they are at present. This allows their inner child and the feelings associated with childhood to come to the surface.

“Your inner child has come out to play. It might have been a long time since you’ve felt this carefree and happy, but welcome it with open arms. There is nothing to fear at the moment, so you can enjoy this childlike joy and happiness. During this time you might find yourself thinking back to the good old days. Be cautious not to compare them to the responsibilities and worries you may have as an adult and start regretting growing up. But do think of how simple life can be if you let it. Let you worries and fears go and flow with the emotion of happiness that is now available to you.

Let the adult in you rest for a while as the child in you takes a good look at your life and helps you to recognise the things you can be greatful for. You are only as old as you feel and during this time there is a potential to feel like a child again.”

The querent should enjoy this revisiting of childhood innocence. It is a good time to reframe their lives and find a new sense of wonder and enjoyment in everyday activities. If they allow it this emotional “reset” could change the way they interact with the world for a very long time.


Reversed Meaning of the Six of Cups Tarot Card:

Reversed the Six of Cups points to the future instead of the past. There is no childhood connection, and the querent will be less joyful and full of wonder, but there is a sense of awe at the possibilities the future holds.

“You’ve reached the end of an era. It’s time for you t start something new. Your views on your life are being renewed and the future looks bright. You still keep your responsibilities in mind, but your focus is shifting. It’s time for you to start doing something new, you can feel it in your bones.

While your world views are being renewed you may find it challenging to keep a firm hold on reality. You’ll be off dreaming about the future “what ifs”, which can lead you to changing your priority list a bit. Of course, you’ll want to be responsible about that, so weigh up your options before committing to a brand new life.”

The querent should keep in mind that while the future is filled with unlimited potential they are only human and can therefore only achieve so much. Neglecting their own health for the sake of achieving everything they feel like achieving at this time could cost them dearly. Their enthusiasm needs to be curbed and they need to decide before acting on every impulse. They will still want to fulfill their responsibilities as well and this could stretch them very thin if they are not careful.