Card of the Day: Six of Cups

S W I M I N T H E S E A

Today’s card of the day is the Six of Cups from the Wild Unknown Tarot.

IMG_0614A rainbow proliferation of roots spreads deep underground beneath the silhouette of a tree.  The six cups line the edge of the card, balancing the image and anchoring it.

 The six of cups is traditionally a card that talks about innocence and childhood.  It’s a card about nostalgia, and you can sort of read the card that way here, but to me it’s got a slightly different meaning.

If you think about it, the roots represent the tree’s ‘childhood’.  The beginnings of those roots were there before the tree even broke through the earth with its first tender shoot.

At first my interpretation was mostly “the roots are the past and the tree is the future”.  The roots have color and so they’re the lived experiences that we draw from as we move through our lives, the body of the tree is dark because the future is an unknown thing, not yet colored by our experiences.  And I still think that’s a valid way to read this.  However, as I was writing this, another reading lept into my mind.  The roots aren’t just the past, because the roots, just like the tree, aren’t finished growing.  They continue growing unseen beneath the earth the entire time the tree grows toward the sky.

I think the beautiful rainbow of roots represents the parts of the tree (part of our lives) that are unseen to other people.  When this card shows up, it’s a reminder that there is more to a situation than meets the eye.  Maybe there’s more to yourself than you realize.  Your ‘colorful’ past means that you have so much more life experience to draw on.

The colors underground also read as a symbol of light.  We see white light with our naked eyes, but when you bend that same light through a prism you can see the full spectrum of visible light played out as a rainbow.  Here you can see the rainbow underneath the soil, but it’s not visible above ground.  It’s still there, it’s just not visible to the naked eye anymore.

This is a hopeful and encouraging note for this card.  It means that even if you can’t see the value/strength/beauty in yourself, it’s still in there.  You just have to look for it, do that hard work of digging down into the earth of yourself to find those col0rs.

The Cups suit is all about our feelings, so this card encourages you to look back at your experiences and try to remember the things we’ve experienced and how it’s helped us to become the people we are.  Some things in our lives are good, some are bad, but they all contribute to the person we have become and can help us move towards the person we want to be.   Feel the vast network of roots beneath you and know that you have growing to do and that the light is inside you.

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