Sometimes a card comes up that just makes me go, "Huh." I guess I have been thinking about people, places, and experiences from my past, but I didn't think I was doing so with enough weight for it to influence the drawing of a card. At first glance, the 6 of Cups is nostalgic, and sixes are about balance, and good will.
But ata-tarot.com says more, and makes a LOT of sense to me now. Have to share.
"This card is the only one in the Tarot that refers explicitly to the past, and of memories and good times experienced there. After losses such as those on the Five [of Cups] we sometimes have to take a time out to heal, to look back on the past and all the good that lies there. And during such times it's never the right thing to focus on the negative, and that's why this card is so positive and full of light. The fallen cups are now full and upright again, but with blooming flowers that cannot be spilled or washed away. Now that you have looked back, maybe now the way will be clear to look forward." and "The Six of Cups almost radiates an aura of joy, because it represents the past with all its memories, the present with all its gifts, and the future with all its wondrous opportunities. It has ties to all kinds of pleasure, particularly sexual pleasure, but it can also refer to smaller, everyday pleasures. Simple gestures of affection, such as the gift of a cup pictured on the Rider-Waite version of this card, are still meaningful despite our modern world and its frantic pace. The Six of Cups can thus signal a gift given or received, or some other similar gesture."
Sometimes, the little things aren't so little.