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What does the Six of Cups mean?

August 30, 2018

RWS 2.0 Six of CupsHere is a pithy meaning for the Six of Cups:
Nostalgia can keep us going in trying times.

This pithy message can be important advice for getting through trying times. We are often told that hope can sustain us in dark times, and that’s true, but I once read an article titled “Nostalgia Isn’t Just an Escape; Science Says It’s Important for Coping, Too” which makes a similar (albeit reserved) claim about nostalgia.  Here are a few takeaways from that article:

Nostalgic reminiscence can be a stabilizing force. It can strengthen our sense of personal continuity, reminding us that we possess a store of powerful memories that are deeply intertwined with our identity.

Remembering good experiences can reassure us during trying times. These memories can fuel the courage to confront our fears, take reasonable risks and tackle challenges. Rather than trapping us in the past, nostalgia can liberate us from adversity by promoting personal growth.

Nostalgia is a way to harness the past internally to endure change—and create hope for the future.


Note: Each of these pithy Tarot meanings is just one facet of its card. Find more of them on my Card Meanings page.  Also, get my Pithy Tarot Book and LIKE my Pithy Tarot Facebook page!





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