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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Feature Card ~ the 6 of Cups

6 of Cups ~ Druidcraft Tarot
This card has always been one of the cards that I have always been a bit “meh” about. Don’t get me wrong, I love and adore the tarot, but every reader will tell you there are just some cards that you don’t connect with as well as you do others. For me, one of these cards is the 6 of Cups.

And what do we instinctively do when we’re faced with something we don’t understand as much as we’d like? We ignore it, we just glance over it and try to pretend it isn’t there, in this case by ever so gracefully paying attention to other cards that are also in the reading. And don’t lie, we all do it.

One of my best friends Candi and I were having a chat a while ago about this sort of thing, and going with the winter dreamtime theme we were in at the time came to the conclusion that the best way to face an unerring dislike of something is to face it head on and really sink your teeth into it. Candi then dared me to do the 6 of Cups as a blog post to prove that I was legit.

So here it is Candi, I am legit! Too legit to quit. Werd.

I have to say, I did make a few pleasant discoveries about the humble 6 of Cups while researching this post. I always thought that the 6 of Cups was a bit simplistic and just about the past still being a part of the present. But, as always with the tarot, there is more then meets the eye to this card!!

6 of Cups ~ Gilded Tarot
 The over reaching theme of the 6 of Cups is innocence, small joys, peace and different aspects of the concept of “past”

When you’re in a period of your life in which you’re feeling carefree, innocent, finding joy in small acts and feeling quite playful, chances are the 6 of Cups energy is around you.

Nearly all of the interpretations of this card I have seen contain children playing together, and this is important ~ think back to when you were a little kiddie playing in your back yard. How carefree and playful were you? When you were making mud pies or wrestling in the dirt, did you care about your clothes getting dirty and the considerable time your poor Mum would have to spend getting those clothes clean again? Nope, you just went right on playing and living in the moment. Did you care that those lego blocks weren’t building real castles and that your toy She-Ra doll wasn’t really the embodiment of the Princess of Power (who by the way, is completely awesome)? Of course not! You let your imagination take over and became a hero in your own bedroom!

Sometimes this is simply what the 6 of Cups represents ~ that feeling of carefree joy we experience from time to time where we are happy simply for being happy, because the various parts of our life are all working in harmony or we are dancing to the beat of our own drum and finding joy in that. Sixes in the tarot represent the place of balance, meeting and union, and I think with this card, the balance within comes from the simple goodness inherent in this card. The 6 of Cups encourages kindness, generosity and forgiveness ~ a beautiful balance to a lot of the destructive behaviour we see in todays world. I’m not talking just physically destructive, like violence or the slow strangulation of the environment, but also spiritual destruction like greed, selfishness and hatred.

6 of Cups ~ Robin Wood Tarot
Two of the words thrown around the most in association with the 6 of Cups were “innocence” and “past”. There is so much to these two concepts, especially if you take the view (as I do) that there is light and shadow in all aspects of the tarot, as there are in life.

Let’s start with innocence. Innocence is a word that has many shades. It can mean that carefree, trusting state that serves to protect you from the harshness of the world. It may also mean that you are innocent of wrong doing, innocent/unaware of a secret or the truth of a situation or you could be innocent of ulterior motives. Depending on your situation, this innocence can either serve or harm you. It could serve you in the way that you could be protected by something or someone that could potentially harm you, or it could harm you in that you don’t see the ulterior motives in others and could be taken advantage of.

The concept of past with this card has more dimension to it. The 6 of Cups can represent the past coming into your present for a variety of reasons ~ it can be a past lover or acquaintance coming back into your life, or a job opportunity comes up that arises from past connections (a past boss may have thought of you for a position for example) or a past hobby or passion such as writing or painting may come into your life again. On the shadow side, this card can also mean that you are living in the past, unable to move on and thus, have shut yourself away from the world.

There are other aspects of past that goes with this card, and it is this aspects that I find the most beautiful. The 6 of Cups coming up in a reading can represent that you are working on integrating gifts from the past, be they childhood or past lives, into your life in the present. You are reclaiming gifts and using them for your highest good. The other aspect tells us that for the heart, there is no such thing as linear time ~ the human mind creates the concept of linear time in order to understand time and experience in it's context. The heart is pure feeling that is not bound by time. That is why we meet people and instantly know sometimes that we know them ~ chances are we did in a previous lifetime and our heart remembers.

The Lovers ~ Gummy Bear Tarot
When a 6 of Cups combines with The Lovers in a reading, your relationship is one that is idealistic and playful, though there is difficulty setting limits and boundaries. The Lovers card is also a number 6, and thus, this card is the highest echo of The Lovers in the Minor Arcana. But interestingly, keeping with the number 6 theme, the 16th card in the Major Arcana, the Tower, tells you that immaturity on your part has led to you neglecting a situation that is due for dramatic upheaval ~ your behaviour will be under intense scrutiny.

If the 6 of Cups is paired with Temperance, you enjoy the simple pleasures of life. Combined with the King or Queen of Cups, you have an appreciation for life as an adult who has enough sense to remember to enjoy the little things and not be too weighed down with responsibilities. Paired with the Two of Pentacles, you spend money irresponsibly, whereas the Four of Pentacles with it mean you are holding on to something or someone for sentimental reasons.

I started out thinking this card was almost child-like in it's appearance and meaning, but it is so much more. And I think this is one of the things that attracts me to the tarot so much ~ there is always more to the eye, and sometimes the cards surprise you in the sweetest ways. I did this post as a challenge from my friend Candice, who told me that loving some tarot cards is fine, but it's the ones you don't like so much that may pleaantly surprise you. I'm really glad I did it ~ I won't be inwarding whincing the next time this little guy appears in a reading. You rock Candi!!

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