What does the six of cups tarot card mean?

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The six of cups is part of the Minor Arcana deck of tarot cards and is part of the Cups suit.

Keywords: Memory, nostalgia, old friends, reflection, reunion


The Six of Cups relates to childhood memories and innocence. If you draw this card, it’s a sign that you have been reflecting on the past and are feeling nostalgic. There is usually a reason for this; perhaps a visit to a childhood home or regular haunt, or a blast from the past in the form of an old friend or lover suddenly appearing in your life.

As the Five of Cups denotes loss and heartbreak, the Six is a message that reflecting on your past can help you see how much you have overcome and help you heal. If you’re dealing with stressful issues at present, this card could be a sign that you need to give yourself time to experience some childlike joy and fun.

Reverse Keywords: Naivety, childhood issues

Reverse Meaning

The Six of Cups in reverse suggests that you are stuck in the past and are struggling or perhaps even refusing to move on. Perhaps there was a trauma in your past that you are not healed from, or a bad breakup that you are holding on to. You may be dealing with feelings of disappointment because you’re not where you thought you would be at this point in your life.

Whatever it is, this card is a message that now is the time to figure out a way to deal with things and move on. Clinging to the past stops you from living fully in the present and making plans for the future, so it’s time to take the steps necessary to leave your issues behind.

Other Minor Arcana Cards (in the Cups suit)