The Six of Cups Tarot Card Meaning

The Six of Cups is one of the most important cards of the Minor Arcana.

Below you will learn everything about its meaning both in the upright and reversed position.

In addition to the general interpretation, the topics of love, health, career, finances and destiny are also explained in detail.

Six of Cups Tarot Card Meaning

The Six of Cups Keywords

Upright: Innocence, Childlike, Kind-hearted, Joyfulness
Reversed: Guilty, Hostile, Deceitful, Copious

The Six of Cups Tarot Card DescriptionThe Six of Cups Tarot card shows a boy handing a cup filled with flowers to a little girl. The cup here symbolizes a shared joyful event, and the flower in the cup represents purity and innocence.

The boy does not keep the cup for himself and therefore shows his kindness. He shares it with someone smaller and weaker so that both the giver and the receiver of the gift can enjoy it.

The girl, in turn, looks up at the boy full of respect and gratitude and joyfully accepts the cup.

Both children touch the cup at the same time and are thus in contact with each other, creating a sense of cooperation and mutual trust.

The two children also represent childhood memories in which we lived together with our fellow human beings free of prejudice and judgment.

In the background, a man is visible, just turning to leave. He represents that we should leave behind the many worries of adults and instead just enjoy the moment in the here and now like the children.

The two children are in the backyard of a large solid house, which provides safety and security from the outside world. Here the children can freely express themselves.

In the foreground are four more goblets, each also filled with a flower, prophesying more joyful events or opportunities to share our happiness with others.

Another cup stands on a stone pedestal behind the boy, indicating that we should always keep and honor our goodness, joy and childhood in our hearts.

Upright Six of Cups Tarot Card Meaning

The Six of Cups reveals a beginning time of harmony and joy in your life. Your inner attitude plays a decisive role in the extent to which you can accept these Cups of Joy presented to you.

Only if you are free of ulterior motives and doubts, you can enjoy happiness and harmony to the fullest.

When you receive a gift, whether material or mental, be grateful for it and share your joy with the giver.

By being kind-hearted yourself and giving small attentions to those around you without ulterior motives, you will notice how much happiness returns to you.

The Tarot card Six of Cups encourages us to get back in touch with our inner child. That includes looking at everyday life from a child’s eyes and enjoying life like a child, naturally and without any worries.

Try things again that you enjoyed as a child, such as climbing trees, building Lego or simply painting something.

Feel again the inner joy and freedom that you experienced as a child and forget at least for the moment worries and burdens of everyday life. You gain new energy and happiness when you see the world through the eyes of a child.

By getting closer to your inner child again and allowing it to be part of your everyday life, new access to your intuition and creativity will open up.

Another meaning of the Six of Cups is to become aware of and strengthen our childlike qualities. Unfortunately, today childlike behavior is often dismissed as naivety or nonsense.

But childlike qualities such as curiosity, impartiality and pure joy of life help us ‘get through’ difficult times.

Often it helps to remember our childhood, when the world was still full of adventure and mystery, and to revel in these memories so that we can experience our childlike side anew.

Direct contact with children can also help us to experience the world again from a refreshing perspective and joyfully, simply by actively listening to children and sharing their natural lightheartedness and joy.

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Upright Six of Cups Tarot Love Meaning


In a love tarot reading, the Six of Cups reveals that someone is granting you a special gift. As a single, this means that someone close to you will give you their affection and love in various ways.

In any case, accept this gift with an open heart and gratitude and share your joy with your counterpart.

Even if this connection does not result in a new relationship, it can still give you a lot of security and closeness. The Six of Cups encourages you to be open and kind.

Through openness and good-heartedness doors will open to you all by themselves to people who before were perhaps rather rejecting or closed towards you. By starting to give trust and affection from yourself, your chances for a new partnership will increase significantly.

The more you are willing to give to your environment unconditionally, the more you will get back in the form of love and happiness from the people around you.


In a partnership, the Six of Cups reveals that you should go back to your beginnings as a couple.

Especially in stressful times in your relationship, it is important to become aware of how your love has begun.

When we first get to know each other, we usually feel the most intense feelings for each other and experience a previously unrecognized level of joy.

Bringing back these feelings to the present can enrich your relationship life very much because you become aware of how much you have already given each other in your life together.

The Six of Cups means to take children as a model for your relationship life. In a partnership, we often carry some conflicts around for years.

Children also quarrel almost every day, but they just as quickly forget why they wrangled and play together again.

That lightheartedness around arguments is a good example of how you grow stronger together as a couple. Do not bring up past conflicts over and over again, but enjoy and live your partnership in the here and now.

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Upright Six of Cups Health Meaning

The Six of Cups represents that you support someone close to you in overcoming an illness for example through daily errands or just an open ear for the other person’s worries.

Through your help, you speed up the recovery process of your loved ones and give them moments of bliss in a difficult time.

Furthermore, the Six of Cups stands for
a return to childlike qualities in health matters.

Rediscover your natural urge to move and enjoy the here and now. Thereby you rediscover your body and regard your health as a valuable gift, which you should cherish and care for.

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Upright Six of Cups Career Meaning

In professional terms, the Six of Cups stands for good teamwork at your job. You form a unit with your colleagues. Together you cope with the most difficult requirements at work.

Mutual appreciation and support when one of you gets stuck are the cornerstones of good cooperation, which benefits everyone involved.

In addition, the Six of Cups stands for letting our childlike qualities flow more into work. Childlike curiosity, for example, lets you discover new ideas that can enrich work processes.

In turn, a certain naivety can help you look at problems from a different angle and try out new approaches to solving them.

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Upright Six of Cups Finances/Money Meaning

In terms of your finances, the Six of Cups represents an unexpected windfall that will bring you much joy. Perhaps you win an amount in the lottery or receive a bonus at work.

Share your joy about it with people close to you because money alone does not make you happy, but only if you share it with your fellow men.

In addition, the Six of Cups stands for the principle of giving and accepting in matters of money. If you have enough wealth, you should share it with those who do not have so much wealth in life.

Conversely, in times of need, you should be able to accept financial help to get back on your feet.

Keep in mind that both scenarios can happen to you in life, so you should firmly establish the principle of giving and receiving in your daily life.

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Upright Six of Cups Destiny Meaning

For your destiny, the Six of Cups means that you should practice compassion for people in your social environment.

If you offer your help and support without ulterior motives, you will experience true joy resulting from altruistic behavior. Moreover, in times of need, you can rely on the support of your fellow human beings.

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Upright Six of Cups Personality

The Six of Cups describes a good-hearted character trait. The person does not only think about his own needs but also cares about the needs of his fellow men.

Moreover, this is someone who sees the world through the eyes of a child. Such a person holds few grudges and has retained their innate curiosity.

Upright Six of Cups Tarot Past/Future


Keep your innocence from days gone by. Thus you will always have a clear conscience even when making difficult decisions.

Even if your childhood was a while ago, you should go back in your mind every now and then and remind yourself of the valuable qualities of your inner child.


You will soon experience a time of joy. The people around you will give you a happy event which you will remember for a long time.

Your kindness will be rewarded many times over in the near future. Continue to be faithful to your path and keep your big heart.

Upright Six of Cups Tarot Card – Yes or No

The Six of Cups shows that your inner child already gives you a positive basic feeling with your question. Decide for a yes and your joy about it will be boundless.

Under certain circumstances, you and your fellow men benefit from your choice so that you can share your happiness.

Reversed Six of Cups Tarot Card Meaning

Reversed Six of Cups Tarot Card Meaning

The Six of Cups Reversed reveals that someone in your environment is trying to deceive or manipulate you. While this person may be very sympathetic and supportive at first glance, they often expect to do something in return.

Manipulation often takes place under the guise of friendliness to get you to do things for someone solely in his interest.

Do not let yourself be taken advantage of, but instead focus on relationships from which genuine appreciation towards you emanates and which give you the most beautiful gift on earth, namely unconditional affection.

The Six of Cups Reversed reveals a hostile mood in your environment. Such hostility can affect yourself or people close to you and causes serious conflicts.

First of all, it is important to find out where the hostile mood comes from.

It may be feelings of jealousy, rejection, or humiliation that are causing someone close to you to behave aggressively and degradingly toward you or others.

You should seek a clarifying conversation with the person in question and make it clear that by his behavior, he is only reinforcing the feelings of hostility present in him and should instead try to deal with them calmly and resolve them.

Another aspect of the Six of Cups Reversed Tarot card is that we live too cerebral in our daily lives.

We often live too much in the past and daydreams and thus miss out on our real life. We barricade ourselves in our former life.

Being stuck in our past means that we are prisoners of ourselves and thus lose our relationships with the people around us.

Instead, try to venture out of your dream castle and rediscover the world that exists outside your head. You will be surprised how many wonderful secrets and lovely people you will discover outside in the world.

Reversed Six of Cups Tarot Love Meaning


The Six of Cups Reversed shows you as a single that you are looking at your love life too much with your head and too little with your heart.

In our imagination, we often have the picture of our perfect partner in our head, who should become real in all our imagined facets if possible.

But such a dream prince or princess does not exist in the real world but only in our thoughts. The more we cling to such ideas, the less we listen to our inner voice, which is the best advisor in matters of love.

By freeing your mind from the perfect partner, you will again feel more clearly what your gut tells you and thus discover the great love for you.

Another aspect of the Six of Cups Reversed is that deception in love to get a partner will not lead to the goal.

Especially when we first get to know each other, we want to present ourselves especially well and show how great we are. But if we deceive our counterpart with too big castles in the air concerning our character and our lifestyle, the relationship will only stand on very shaky legs.

Truth lasts longest in love, as it is the basis for mutual trust from the very beginning.


In a relationship, the Six of Cups Reversed reveals that guilt harms our living together as a couple.

Guilt means that you have done your partner a great wrong in the past without apologizing for it or bearing the consequences, or that you have suffered such a fate.

Your relationship suffers because your trust in each other is severely damaged. To prevent a major relationship crisis, you should clarify the corresponding guilt issue with your partner, for example, through a sincere apology, so that you can enjoy your partnership again in the here and now, free of guilt and reproach.

Another meaning of the Six of Cups Reversed is that a partner lives too much in his own world. That often involves holding on to one’s past because the present is too overwhelming at the moment.

But instead of dwelling on past days, it is advisable to move into the here and now and confide in your partner and ask for help. Because together, you overcome the many challenges in everyday life much easier than alone.

Reversed Six of Cups Health Meaning

The Six of Cups Reversed symbolizes that you have lost contact with your inner child.

That can manifest psychological impairments, such as depression or anxiety because you are only approaching your problems with an adult mind.

If you manage to reconnect with your child, the childlike lightheartedness will help you to clear your head again.

Furthermore, the Six of Cups Reversed represents that you are being deceived by someone about your true state of health.

You don’t get information about symptoms because they may not fit into a particular disease pattern. Get a second opinion that looks at your symptoms holistically if you are unsure.

Reversed Six of Cups Career Meaning

The Six of Cups Reversed indicates a deep-seated conflict between you and a colleague. Your differences are increasingly straining the entire working atmosphere so that you could be threatened with consequences.

It is never too late for reconciliation. Try to offer another clarifying conversation and settle your differences once and for all.

Another aspect of the Six of Cups Reversed is that you do your job in a purely mechanical way with always the same patterns in your head. Thus it is hardly possible for you to let your creative energy flow into your work.

To break through your own limitations in your head, you have to listen more to your inner feeling, which reveals new problem-solving strategies and ideas to you.

Reversed Six of Cups Finances/Money Meaning

The Six of Cups Reversed warns you against a financial partnership that abuses your trust to make a profit on your back.

Not only bank advisors but also close family members can enrich themselves from your blind trust. Therefore, be alert when someone promises you quick wealth for which you are supposed to pay something in advance and do not let yourself be deceived by such promises.

Furthermore, the reversed Six of Cups stands for a high financial debt weighing on your shoulders. Your thoughts are constantly circling around your liabilities so that you hardly have any joy in everyday life.

Find someone with whom you can talk about your money worries and then plan how you can settle your debts.

Reversed Six of Cups Destiny Meaning

As a card of destiny, the Six of Cups Reversed shows you that you have lost contact with your inner child. You are too caught up in your head and therefore hardly listen to your inner voice.

Try to get back in touch with your inner self by embracing childlike virtues like curiosity, spontaneity and a bit of naivety.

Reversed Six of Cups Personality

The Six of Cups reversed represents a disingenuous character. Such a person deceives their fellwo men to assert his interests, without regard for their feelings.

Another characteristic of such a personality is its intellectuality. Feelings have little place in such a person. Every matter is instead thought through to the smallest detail.

Reversed Six of Cups Tarot Past/Future


A debt from long ago still weighs heavily on you. Maybe it is time to face your past and free yourself from this burden.

In the past months, you have been very cerebral and your emotional life has suffered a lot. Concentrate more on your emotional side again.


Someone is hostile to you and will soon reveal himself. Be careful to defend your boundaries and at the same time avoid a prolonged conflict.

An attempt will be made to deceive you in an important matter. See through the illusion to avert possible harm in time.

Reversed Six of Cups Tarot Card – Yes or No

You are constantly weighing the pros and cons in this matter. Your cerebral approach actually already shows that you are very unsure about your choices.

With a no, you provide yourself with a clear attitude for now and can take care of other things for the time being.

The Cups Tarot Card Meanings