The 6 of Cups is traditionally a card of nostalgia and often foretells of the Seeker being reunited with someone from their past. Reminiscing about the past and dreaming of being reunited with someone from the can be a wonderful thing. But being lost in memories about the past and wishing for those times to return could also prevent us from living fully in the now.
“The Greek word for “return” is nostos. Algos means “suffering.” So nostalgia is the suffering caused by an unappeased yearning to return.”
~ Milan Kundera, Ignorance
This is why I often see this card as an indication of a need to cut cords with a person from one’s past. Also, sometimes, it indicates a need to cut ties with the power of the memory itself. It could mean it is time to make a declaration of intent to move on and to consciously choose to redirect one’s focus more to the present, as well as to make plans for the future.
Sun in Scorpio
In terms of Astrology, this is Sun in Scorpio (Fixed Water). As we know, the ego-personality (Sun) often finds it difficult to let go of memories of an intensely emotional nature (Scorpio). This card’s energy often surfaces during Venus retrograde (which we happen to be in at the time of writing this). Whatever we then choose to do with this energy often has a lasting impact. So be careful to choose a direction which makes it possible to keep growing and moving forward, lest you find yourself stuck in the murky waters of Scorpio.
Affirmation: “I choose to remain open to the possibility that the best is yet to come.”
6 of Cups Prayer
Dear Mother-Father God, thank you for the gift of deeply emotional memories. May only those memories that bring me joy and inspiration linger. Help me release any memories that fill me with regret. Amen and so it is!
Correspondences for the 6 of Cups
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
Archangel: Gabriel, ruler of the Element of Water
Essential oils: Orange, neroli, clove
The 6 of Cups in Love and Relationship Tarot Readings
The 6 of Cups is the soul mate card in the deck since it signifies an emotional bond that survives death. You can read about the significance of this card in soul mate readings and in combination with other cards HERE.
It’s usually a sign of great emotional intimacy in the relationship. If it shows up reversed, it could be a sign that you are hankering after a past love. Ill-dignified it could be a sign that you two are star-crossed lovers. Look for any of the karmic Major Arcana cards to tell you more.
Single and looking
To a single person, it could indicate that they long for and/or are about the meet their soul mate. Surrounding cards will tell you which.
The 6 of Cups brings the qualities of ecstasy and intoxication to the bedroom. Be careful if this card shows up when you’re just looking for ‘a good time.’ You could get hooked!
The Marseille Tarot image in this post is from the CBD Tarot by Yoav Ben-Dov.
Take me back to the Tarot Card Meanings page