Six of Cups: Predictive Tarot Card Meanings

The Past, That which was Made in the Past Coming Back, That which was Made in the Past Fading Away, Something Vanishing, Home Town, Children

The 6 of Cups is the card of the past. When the 6 of Cups makes an appearance in a spread, it predicts that something from the past will resurface in the present or future.

“Is my ex coming back”? Is a common question for Tarot readers to ask their cards. When the 6 of Cups pops up you confidently can predict that yes, they will be back. The 6 of Cups is a good sign that an ex will return, because this is the card of the past repeating itself. Therefore, if you’re asking this question pray for the 6 of Cups Tarot card!

The 6 of Cups is a good card if you’re wishing to expand your family. This interpretation comes from the fact that old memories from our childhood can resurface once we have our own responsibilities. If you long for a child of your own then the 6 of Cups is a good omen.

There will be times when the 6 of Cups can symbolize the house you grow up in, your home town or country. The relevance this has to your reading will depend on the context of the question.

Although for many people the card is positive it is generally a very neutral card; it can be positive or negative depending on context. Although there will be things from your past which you welcome in the present, there will obviously be issues, conflicts and people which you would rather forget. Therefore, the 6 of Cups can foretell of old dramas coming back to haunt you.

Often, that which is made in the past is often forgotten; the paint off of old benches fade away when left outside to rot. The 6 of Cups can mark the point in time when something you hold dear starts to vanish. Sometimes we lose that which we love, not because of what we have done but what we have not done. The 6 of Cups can serve as a warning not to let what you have fade away because of neglect.

The Six of Cups’ Historical Meaning

There have been a couple of interpretations noted for the 6 of Cups, both of which I have already outlined above. Some authors, have taken the Tarot card to be rather positive and read it as a sign of enjoyment, family, children etc.

There are authors who interpret the 6 of Cups to be rather negative. Mathers (1888) notes that the card symbolizes something which is vanishing or disappearing. His meanings is that the 6 of Cups in a Tarot reading represents something which is old and fading away (such a relationship which looses its spark, for example). 

The Six of Cups in a Love Reading

As mentioned above, the 6 of Cups is the most desirable card you can receive if you’re wondering if an ex will come back into your life. Therefore, if you are performing a spread on this and the 6 of Cups comes up, congratulations!

However, the 6 of Cups can also be rather negative for some love Tarot readings. Curious whether someone has feelings for you? Or wondering what their motives are? I’m sorry to say but the 6 of Cups doesn’t look too promising; this card can mean that they’re still hung up on their ex.

I would say that the 6 of Cups is an okay card to get in the outcome or future part of a love Tarot reading. In this situation it means that, at least for the foreseeable future, your relationship will be consistent with how it is in the present. The same old, same old is fine if your partnership is going well but if its not then you might want to make an effort to improve it.

The Six of Cups in a Business Reading

The 6 of Cups is a rather bizarre and confusing card to receive for business and career related readings. Obviously, it can symbolize the fact that you will return to something you used to do previously. However, I have found that it can represent a bit more than that.

The 6 of Cups can come up in Tarot readings when the reader needs warned not to repeat past mistakes. If your business has previously been unsuccessful, the 6 of Cups is telling you that nothing will change unless you let go of the behaviors which aren’t serving you. If you are feeling stuck, hire a professional who can help you with the area you’re struggling.

The Six of Cups as a Yes or No

The Six of Cups is a neutral card predicating neither a yes or a no. The acception is if you are asking if your ex lover is going to come back or if you’re going to return to an old job/career; if this is the case then the answer is yes. 

The Six of Cups as a Positive

In a positive reading, the Six of Cups can predict;

- Reigniting a past relationship

- Getting a second chance

- Going back to something you love

- Birth of children

- Good memories

The Six of Cups as a Negative

In a more negative reading, the Six of Cups can predict;

- The past repeating itself

- Bad memories

- Something from the past fading away

- Living in the past

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Tarot cards used in this post are from the Wild Unknown Tarot Deck. 


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Lisa Boswell is an award-winning psychic reading teacher who currently resides in Scotland. Through her website DivinationAndFortuneTelling.com she teaches both experienced and would be diviners how they can predict the future. 

Born into a Romany Gypsy family of fortune tellers, Lisa has had an active interest in the occult from a young age. She specialises in teaching predictive divination, easy mediumship and fortune-telling. Learn more here


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Illustration: In a Tarot card reading, The Six of Cups in a spread can be a symbol of the past. This post includes vintage and modern fortune telling meanings of the 6 of Cups, ideal for the advanced reader or those just learning the cards. These interpretations can be used with any of the decks (Rider Waite, Marseilles etc.) Cards used in this post are from The Wild Unknown Tarot Deck.