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Two different questions.  Two different decks. Two single card draws. Six of Cups both times.

Six of Cups from the Barbara Walker Tarot
Barbara Walker Tarot by Barbara Walker, published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc., 1986.

My first memory of the Six of Cups is from my Barbara Walker deck–first deck I ever got, back in 1991. That card, Childhood, showed an imposing and ominous nun dominating a group of small children. Powerful card. Not personally how I see it though. But I like the reminiscence of the title Childhood.

Six of Cups from Rider-Waite-Smith tarot
“Six of Cups” from the Rider Waite Smith Tarot by A. E. Waite and Pamela Colman Smith, Pamela-A edition.

The traditional composition shows a gentle innocence. The friendship of this card is distinguished from the more romantic Two of Cups, the more lighthearted and playful Three of Cups. There is a deep, memory-full offering of self in the image Pamela Colman Smith drew.

The esoteric title of the card is Pleasure and its astrological attribution is Sun in Scorpio. Odd that earlier today I randomly drew an online card, receiving the Three of Wands–my birthcard, Sun in Aries. A story develops. Two characters. A simple sharing.

I have four friends with Sun in Scorpio.  One of whom I’m quite close to. Two of whom support me passionately and with an embarrassing generosity of praise. Three of whom I feel an electric connection to. All of whom I want to get to know better.

Six of Cups from the Victorian Romantic Tarot
Six of Cups from the Victorian Romantic Tarot by Alex Ukolov, Karen Mahony, published by Magic Realist Press 2006.

Two children on a balcony. One leans over the edge, peering down to the city street below. One looks up wondrously and tugs the jacket of her friend. Each has a story to share.
Joy Vernon is a Certified Professional Tarot Reader in Denver, Colorado. To schedule an appointment, please visit

© 2009 by Joy Vernon

Joy Vernon
Joy Vernon

Joy Vernon is widely recognized as an expert tarot teacher and respected community leader. With over twenty-five years’ experience teaching energetic and esoteric modalities, Joy brings expertise and practiced familiarity to her specialty of esoteric tarot, which layers astrological and qabalistic symbolism onto the traditional tarot structure. Under her leadership, the Denver Tarot Meetup grew into one of the largest and most active tarot-specific meetups in the world. Now Joy runs the Greater Seattle Tarot Meetup. Joy works as a tarot reader, astrologer, and teacher in Burien, Washington. To learn more, please visit

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