Six of Cups Tarot Card Meanings

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Six of Cups’ Upright & Reversed Meanings

Six of Cups (Reversed, Lacking)

Ideas: Growth, quest, self-gifting

Traits: Adventurous, busy, curious, mature, messy, responsible, serious

Emotions: Eagerness, hope, nervousness, optimism, uneasiness

  • Actions:
    • Gaining insight from childhood memories
    • Giving yourself presents
    • Leaving your comfort zone
    • Looking forward to the future
    • Seeing how much you have grown
    • Taking a more serious approach
Six of Cups (Upright, Balanced)

Ideas: Good deed, nostalgia, simplification

Traits: Appreciative, considerate, friendly, generous, kind, naive, pure, secure, simple, youthful

Emotions: Caring, contentment, enjoyment, fondness, pleasure, sentimentality, tenderness

  • Actions:
    • Being nostalgic and recalling the past
    • Gifting others even when you know repayment is not possible
    • Giving your time and talents to others
    • Living a simple life at a safe place
    • Motivating yourself to do a good deed
    • Recreating the good feelings
    • Showing your love with small gestures
    • Taking satisfaction in knowing how your efforts will aid others
Six of Cups (Upright, Excessive)

Ideas: Neediness, overprotection, pamperedness

Traits: Childish, complaintive, demanding, dependent, difficult, discontented, indulgent

Emotions: Annoyance, desire, frustration, grouchiness, grumpiness, irritation, longing, pity, pride, sympathy

  • Actions:
    • Bragging about your generous efforts
    • Linking your sense of self-worth to the appraisals of others
    • Receiving undeserved or unmerited gifts
    • Spoiling someone rotten
    • Striving to appear more needy than you really are
    • Thinking that the past is better than the present
    • Throwing a tantrum

Six of Cups’ Advice

Personal Growth

When you can give something without expecting anything in return, you’ve reached an important milestone. Accelerate your quest for maturity; practice giving with no thought of what’s in it for you.


We like to say relationships involve give and take; this card invites you to focus on giving more than receiving. Watch for opportunities to take on chores that neither you nor your friends (or partners) enjoy. Surprise a loved one with an unexpected, unmerited gift.


Most people focus on profit; what might happen if you focused on giving instead? A gift given with strings attached deserves a skeptical response. When charitable gestures are revealed (or perceived) as bribes, don’t expect good results.


Few things energize the weary spirit like service. Volunteer. Lend a helping hand to someone in need. Give of your time, your money, and your talents—all three. In helping others, you help yourself.

Six of Cups’ Symbols & Insights

The Exchange

On many versions of this card, one figure passes a bouquet to another. Was money involved, or was this a free gift? How might expectations of payment (or repayment) be shaping your own situation?

Flowers in Cups

Many versions of this card depict chalices overflowing with blossoms: a reminder of the inexhaustible bounty available from the Universe. How can you escape a “poverty mentality?”

Giving Gifts

What attitudes and emotions would motivate such an action? How might these attitudes and emotions play a role in solving your dilemma? What dictates the value of a gift?

The Marseilles Image

The cramped configuration of the Five has given way to the orderly balance of the Six. When emotions and spirituality are properly aligned, they become a channel for healthy growth.

More About Six of Cups Tarot Card

A stingy spirit is strangling your enjoyment of life.
Loosen up and think of others for once, why don’t you?
Between November 2 and November 11
“I freely give myself to others, expecting nothing in return.”
Numerology Number
(the adjustment: cooperation, collaboration, interaction)
Astrology Element
Astrology Planet in Sign
Sun in Scorpio
Defying conventional wisdom, the main character lends his or her support to a hopeless cause.
Questions to Ask
What gifts do I possess? How freely do I give them?
How can I practice unconditional giving?
How would things change if I became a more charitable person?
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