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The Six of Cups: Today's Tea and Tarot Blog

-- By Hyperion Night, of Beanblossom's Tea and Tarot

The Six of Cups.

The Six of Cups

Revisiting the past. Nostalgia. Memories.

My parents are in the process of selling the house I grew up in, and I’ve been driving back and forth from my house to theirs to help them with the clean-out. I’m happy they’re selling. The house is too big and much for them now, and it’s the right thing to do.

But seeing it go, riffling through old photos and documents and deciding what to keep or toss, has been bittersweet. When I think of “home,” this is the house I think of. It’s the house I’ll probably always think of. It’s too full of memories to be otherwise.

Some say nostalgia is a bad thing. That we need to focus on the present. Like so much, it’s a matter of balance. The sweetness of the past is something to treasure. We can learn from the past—from both the good and the bad.

But when we dwell on the past, when we cling to it, then it becomes a heavy chain around our neck, keeping us from moving on. It’s like those family documents I mentioned, some over a hundred years old. The family history is interesting… on the rare occasions we look at the old photos and such.

The rest of the time, the boxes clutter up the garage. Why have my parents gotten stuck being the curators of the family museum? And all of it will pass on to my sister and me, and we’ll add our own detritus, and on and on.

I confess, I got quite ruthless with throwing things out. And I reached my breaking point much quicker than I probably should have.

In Tarot, the Six of Cups represents the lovely memories of the past. These memories bind us to others. They can be the building blocks of a lovely future. Enjoy them.

When this Tarot card is reversed, it could indicate clinging, taking those memories too far. Or it could indicate that something is blocking you from seeing the past as it truly was.

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