Card Profile: Six of Cups

Six of Cups represent a harmonious and stronger stage in an emotional process; perhaps a reunion, but also warns against the naivete arising from strong emotions.



Six of Cups depicts two children, an older boy and a younger girl in a garden. The older boy is handing a cup with a five-petaled white flower to the younger girl smelling the flower at the same time. Before them, there are four other cups, again filled with five-petaled white flowers; and another cup is just next to them, on a pedestal; also filled with a flower. Behind them, there is a home, and an older figure with a pike is going that direction; walking away from children. The dominant color of this card is yellow.

Five-petaled white flower symbolizes purity, innocence, and wonder. The children here does also represent innocence, and the act of passing over the cup represents the good will; while the home represents security and comfort. The older figure seems to stand for the fading away of fears and lowering one’s guards. This card, therefore, appears to stand for simple kindness or good will, being well-intentioned and open and enjoying simple beauties of life. The dominance of the yellow color strengthens this message of friendship, joy, and vitality.


The Six of Cups is considered to stand for innocence, child-like joy or nostalgia. Furthermore, it also represents acting charitably; sharing with other people or helping them. A person represented by this card would be childlike, well-intentioned, generous; but not always bright. In a relationship reading, this card indicates that either the ghosts of the past (exes) have reappeared or it might simply point out the relationship is not working out so well now as it used to be and call for noticing the difference. Career-wise, this card indicates adding creativity to work, and if that is not possible to the work-place, as familiarizing the work-place is to enhance productivity.

When we are children we seldom think of the future. This innocence leaves us free to enjoy ourselves as few adults can. The day we fret about the future is the day we leave our childhood behind.

-Patrick Rothfuss

All in all; Six of Cups expresses that one’s harmonious interactions with his environment, showing itself as kindness and charitability, would provide much-belonged comfort, joy, and security. Nonetheless, this card also warns against the hazards of naively trusting everyone and calls one to rely on his past experiences when deciding on who to extend a hand.

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