“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
The 6 of Cups is traditionally seen as a card of nostalgia and often foretells of the Seeker being reunited with someone from their past. Reminiscing about the past and being reunited with a past friend, lost family member or a lover gone AWOL can be a wonderful thing but being lost in memories about the past and wishing for those times to return could prevent the Seer from living fully in the now.
This is why I often see this card as an indication for a need to cut cords with a person from one’s past and also, sometimes, 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 and to make plans for the future.
In terms of Astrology this is Sun in Scorpio (Fixed Water) and as you 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 the 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, lest you find yourself stuck in a very old pattern.
Affirmation: “I choose to remain open to the possibility that the best is yet to come.”
6 of Cups Prayer
Dear Mother-Father God (or whichever higher power you acknowledge), thank you for intensely emotional memories. May only those that bring us joy linger and may those that bring regret depart. So mote it be!
Correspondences for the 6 of Cups
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
Archangel: Jeremiel (Angel of Scorpio) and Michael (Ruler of the Sun)
The 6 of Cups in Love and Relationships
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.
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!