Six of Cups


Key words

Upright: nostalgia, joy, inner child

Reversed: trauma, childishness, living in the past


A child passes a cup full of white daffodils to a younger child. The children appear to be standing in the courtyard of a large, yellow home. Four chalices blooming with daffodils stand in a row at the front of the scene, and a final cup is on a pedestal behind the children. In the background, an older person who uses a walking stick heads toward the house. The sky is blue and much of the landscape is yellow. 


6: Compassion, harmony, mutual aid, healing


The Six of Cups is the card of nostalgia, so reminisce on past experiences while making way for a bright future. Remember to make time for joy and play, casting aside your worries and responsibilities for a short time. You may find happiness in spending time in the comforts of home, helping a friend, engaging in mutual aid, or asking your inner child what they want and acting accordingly. 


You may be thinking about how things “should” be instead of accepting your past and current circumstances. The Six of Cups can also show up when there is a need to recover from trauma, which might be affecting present relationships. What needs weren’t met when you were a child? Can you give that to your inner child now? You may feel vulnerable while exploring this line of thinking, so don’t be afraid to talk to a friend, therapist, or other trusted individual.