Six shows the give & take or the ebb & flow of cycles + Pentacles represent navigating the material world
And so in the centered aspect of the Six of Pentacles, we have come up out of the struggle of the Five and are now in a position to share the [proverbial] wealth with others. We may question why some must lose while others gain, and what our place is in this system; we may see redistribution of wealth or resources within a framework of equality between all people. Ideally, it’s an exchange of giving and receiving where everyone benefits. Keep in mind that as Pentacles deals with our souls navigating the material world, we may also consider our soul’s path or spiritual journey throughout this suit, and the card pictured at left illustrates the concept of receiving from the act of giving.
In resistance, we lack the spiritual awareness that facilitates generosity. Are we afraid of losing what we have? If identifying with the receiver, we may feel degraded by being dependent on others.
In excess, we keep others dependent on us. What parts of us feel the need of a dominant/submissive relationship with others?
Questions we may be prompted to ask when this card comes up could include
Are you dependent upon someone or something? How does that make you feel?
Do you feel that life has treated you unfairly? How so?
Have you compromised yourself in some way? Are you indebted to another?
How are you sharing your gifts? Is there something you can offer which may benefit someone else? Are you holding back on that offering?
What else? This is merely my take on it and you may have other insights! How has this card come up for you? Feel free to share your own thoughts.
Six offers expansion in a new cycle out of the contraction of 5 + Swords deal with the mind
And so the centered aspect of the Six of Swords shows clarity steering us to a turning point; recovery. It’s a hopeful card; though it indicates difficulty that we must transition away from, its theme is solving problems. Note that in this six’s dynamic of give & take, the figures seated in the Smith-Waite card are being aided by the boatman doing the paddling. The lesson in this card is that our move out of the challenge of five may be made easier by asking for help. (It differs from the Five of Pentacles in that this is a mental card, dealing with beliefs. The Swords in the boat convey the idea that they are carrying old thought patterns with them.) Allow others to be compassionate toward us when we can’t do that for ourselves. Conversely, offer your own wisdom to those who can’t do that for themselves. With which side of this card do you identify?
In resistance, we’re not willing to seek help or to make that journey. What beliefs hold you back? What thought patterns are you perpetuating?
In excess, we may be facing a long journey if our method of solving problems is to run away from them, or to always try to go it alone. It’s amazing what help may become available if you communicate your needs.
Questions we may be prompted to ask when this card appears can include
What problem are you currently trying to navigate away from and could use some clarity or direction?
Do you resist help, even when offered? Why?
What support systems may be available to you?
Do you have a pattern of turning away from your problems?
What else? How has this card come up for you? You may have more insight on it — feel feee to share.
Six expands in a new cycle from the contraction of five like the cogs in a wheel + Cups deal with our inner life, including our emotions and relationships
And so the centered aspect of the Six of Cups allows us to open our hearts to another with the innocence of childhood and the desire to share, to be playful. Each of the sixes in Smith-Waite include the support of others in the dynamic of give and take, and there can be great satisfaction in giving, of being in service to others. This card is often read with a sense of nostalgia, of returning to something from our past — a memory, an ideal, a love, a dream, a friend – and reclaiming or reconciling it.
In resistance, we remain stuck in the past; old wounds resurface but are not allowed into the light. Some attribute childhood trauma to this card, noting the adult figure in S-W walking away, his back turned.
In excess, we may romanticize the past at the expense of the future. It’s time to move into a new cycle. Learn from the past, look to the future, but live in the moment.
Questions we may be prompted to ask when this card comes up include
What or whom might you be ready to revisit? What could help you to open up?
What are you nostalgic for? Why?
What painful memories do you still carry? Are there child parts that should be heard in order to foster healing?
What else? There’s more depth to this card and you may have other insights. How has it come up for you?
Six expands from five’s contraction + Wands represent our fire and identity.
And so in the centered placement of the Six of Wands, we see both sides of victory. In reaching a goal and receiving acclaim, there are those who have supported you or are looking up to you, inspired. Inherent in all of the sixes is a power dynamic, and it’s important to remember that your current place on top is temporary, so take pride in this glory while you have it and practice non-attachment around being higher or lower than others.
In resistance, we experience self-doubt or imposter syndrome. We may fear jealousy in those around us.
In excess, we must guard against grandiosity (no one likes a show-off!), or taking all of the credit rather than acknowledging those who helped. Hubris.
Questions we may want to consider when this card comes up can include
Are you quick to support others but fail to acknowledge your own accomplishments? Can you name achievements you’re proud of?
Do you compare yourself to others?
Do you hold back from sharing your own work out of fear of being an imposter?
what else? This barely scratches the surface of meaning behind this card, and you may have more insight. How has this card come up for you? Feel free to share.