The trail of cups represents the past. The 6 of Cups can symbolise our time gone by or might concern nostalgia, so this card often turns up to describe things which have previously happened or people who are no longer in someone’s life.
Because the card contains children, it might concern a clients childhood, but on some occasions, the card will represent their own kids or suggest the playful and youthful aspect of them self (even if they are grown up). There is a pure and beautiful innocence to this card when it is viewed by itself. Some readers connect it to friendship, as shown by the interaction between the boy and girl.
When the 6 of Cups sits next to The High Priestess, we could be looking at someone who has a secret past. The High Priestess is a woman of mystery and hidden-depths. The veil behind her acts as a curtain, blocking our view and preventing us from seeing the full picture.
When people come for a reading, they do not always tell a reader the whole story. It is only when the cards are looked into and more questions are asked that details are revealed. A combination like this will arise when someone is withholding information about their past, which could be useful in the present. These cards may uncover a well-kept secret or a chequered background.
When the 2 of Cups sits next to the 6 of Cups, we could be looking at a few different scenarios. This will often depend on the question. This combination could speak of a relationship from the depths of time. Has an old love-affair resurfaced? In some situations, an ex-partner may have returned or a plutonic friend becomes a blast-from-the-past.
Due to the nature of the 6 of Cups, these cards could present a warning. Are we being naive within a relationship? Is someone taking advantage of our childlike and vulnerable nature? Alternatively, this combination might concern our attachment to a previous relationship. Many people find it very difficult to move on. A twosome like this came up in a professional reading not so long ago. Knowing that my client was getting married and planning on having a child with her fiance, I was a little confused. She went on to tell me that even though she loved her fiance and present life very much, she still found it very difficult to come to terms with the loss of a previous lover. He had been an extremely large part of her life and the effects of their relationship was something she was trying very hard to leave behind.
© Steven Bright Tiferet Tarot 2014
Illustrations by Steven Bright