Tarot 101: Six of Cups…

We’ve made it past the half-way point of the Cups suit by this point. Sixes represent problem-solving and compassion. Cups represent emotion. So how can a card represent both emotions and compassion?

Six of Cups

As we can see in the card, there are two figures, a man handing a cup to a child. Both figures are both childlike; we can also notice that in contrast to previous Cups cards, this is one of the first times we see the cups full. Even in the Five of Cups where we see that the cups have been spilled, they are not visibly full. So if the cups are full this time, then we can infer that the Six of Cups represents sharing your feelings with others and helping others with their feelings and emotions, being generous with your emotions and spreading the good.

But what about when the card is reversed?

Six of Cups Reversed

When we see this card flipped, there isn’t exactly a negative connotation for the card. When these cards pop up with no express negativity, sometimes I just take it at face value to be cautious with sharing your emotions; while sharing your emotions is a good thing, so is taking caution in who you choose to share your emotions with.

So when this card pops up, remember:

  • Sixes represent problem-solving and compassion.
  • Cups represent water, emotion, and in reference to time, months.

Don’t forget that when it comes to reading the cards, as much as you can remember won’t always be helpful. Sometimes you need to take the card at face value and read it in context to other cards available.

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