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Generally, all Sixes:

  • Express community and happy experience of their suit, or element.
  • Reflect the themes and wisdom of The Lovers.
  • Symbolize reciprocity.
  • Can represent a false victory or lull before the storm in your story; the “Approach to Inmost Cave” portion of the Hero’s Journey (The Writers Journey by Christopher Vogler), or the “Reward”; it could be your mid-point, turning your story on its ear; or the preparing step of your character’s arc.
  • Are the resolution of the second set of mini-dramas mentioned in the Numbers in Tarot post.
  • For additional info on Sixes check out Tarot Notes Take a Number series on Sixes.

What I See:

Just off Samhain, perhaps the delay was divine intervention. This could be any bonfire type celebration. The heat off the flames adding a sheen of sweat to the people around the fire. The beat of the drums building the tempo, thus the dancers, into a frenzied pace.There’s a sense of sexual power.  Or, perhaps, release. That quote about “dance like no one is watching” comes to mind yet also a feeling of anticipation because someone IS watching. I get a sense of fulfillment, happiness, and community when I look at this card. I see all the gorgeous reds and yellows, and oranges I expect to see in a Fire element image.

There’s a crackle and a pop from the fire. The air is dry as I move closer to the fire. My blood is pulsing in time with the drums. I raise my arms and move…

General Fire element/Wands suit:

Please refer back to the Ace of Fire

Light (upright) Reading:

You may be charged by the power of the inner circle.

  • Keywords: Triumph, Acclaim, Appreciation, or Good News.

Shadow (upside down or reverse) Reading:

You may be burned out or feel you have nothing to offer.

  • Keywords: Pomposity, Condescending, Pretense, or Vanity.


This card only shows women, perhaps a story about friendship. Or Girls’ Night Out (In). How about a sorority? Maybe they are related. Perhaps six sisters? Or cousins at a family reunion?

Obvious bonfire celebrations come to mind: Celtic, Native American, Aztec, Jewish, or Persian to get you started. Or something as simple as a group of friends having a bonfire on the beach.

  • Six Themes: Reciprocity, Collaboration, Peak Experience, Interaction, or Community.

How about a victory dance? Traditionally, this card shows a man on a horse, riding through a crowd. A victory parade? The conquering hero?


Erotic power — release it.

  • Suit Archetype/Feudal Class: Peasant or Servant Class.

The nine-point personality enneagram can also be useful for character building.

All Sixes are E6: Devil’s Advocate, Loyalist, Troubleshooter, and/or Guardian.

  • Self Image — I do my duty
  • Passion — Fear
  • Virtue — Courage
  • Narcissistic Trap — Security
  • Avoids — Deviance
  • Speaking Style — Warning or Limiting

E6 people are ruled by their head. They need to understand the pattern of events, where all the pieces fit in the puzzle of life, and are often detached from their emotions. Their objectivity may hide feelings of isolation or confusion.

Additionally, look up one of the Fire signs (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) for personality traits.

Image: Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert from Llewellyn Worldwide