Lately the 6 of cups is everywhere. It comes up when I read for my-self. It pops up repeatedly when I read for clients.
I guess it is time for me to take a deeper look at this card.
I am now looking at the 6 of cups from the Rider Waite, the Gilded and The Sacred Rose deck.
In the R.W. we see two children looking warmly at each other, as the older one gives a cup to the younger one. They are in what looks like the court yard of a castle ( safe and sheltered from the outside world). All the flowers in the cups are white (purity of intention).The little girl is wearing white gloves, she receives/ accepts with innocence.
When I look at this card I think of children, childhood connections, gifts and good intentions.
Moving on to the 6 of Cups from the Gilded Deck.
Here too we have two young children. They are in a grassy field surrounded by six cups full of colorful flowers. The boy is holding a frog, a rabbit sits alert between them, a cat looks out of the card from the bottom right corner.
Looking at this image I think of playfulness, simple good times. I reflect over being grateful for all that is good. Being nostalgic of when life was easier and simple, is a a strong possibility.
Things have been good and productive (rabbit). As I look at the cat, I get the impression that he/she is looking at me. The kids are aware of me also. In this context, I think the card suggests to behave honestly and kindly, as the children are watching.
In the Sacred Rose deck there is a woman. It looks like she is perched on a white cloud. She is just above the cups, lined up in the shape of a triangle. She holds a cup with a rose in one hand and a rose in her other. All the roses are white, again purity.
As I look at this card, the lady seems to be offering me the cup. It looks like a gift or an offer, like she is reaching out.
From an elemental point of view, cups represent water, which is all about feelings, imagination, dreams, love. Water is also passive, suggesting observing and reflecting rather than taking action.
6 is about family, harmony and doing what is right.