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What I See:

Greeting the dawn? Celebrating in the twilight? I love the realness of the women’s bodies. I don’t get a sense of embarrassment at being too heavy or too short or too whatever. I get a sense of love and joy and togetherness. The water element feeling comes from more than the obvious water of the river, or sea. We see it in the colors, the sense of motion in the ripples seen in the water, and the women standing waist deep. No, dancing. There’s even a seal seeking to join in. According to the book, this is a Summer Solstice celebration of “mermaid” sisters. I rather like that image.

General Water element/Cups suit:

Please refer back to the Ace of Water

Light (upright) Reading:

You are fully present in the moment.

  • Keywords: Nostalgia, Harmony Restored, Courting, or Decorating.

Shadow (upside down or reverse) Reading:

You may be nostalgic, beware of brooding about the past.

  • Keywords: Dwelling in the Past, Clinging, Immaturity, or Vanity.


With that seal as the sixth member of the group, I can’t help but think of a Selkie story. How about a mermaid tale? Is this a group of friends? Sisters? Cousins? Or generational…grandmother, mother, daughter? Perhaps a Maiden-Mother-Crone story?

How about a cleansing ritual? Perhaps one of the women is getting married, or just had a child. Or maybe one of the women is washing away her grief.

Perhaps this is an act of magic? Perhaps the women are opening a whirlpool into another time, or dimension? Maybe this is a fountain of youth story.

What about a message in a bottle story?

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


You are experiencing joy through your close connections.

  • Suit Archetype/Feudal Class: Clergy and Priestly class.

Additionally, look up one of the Water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) for personality traits.

For more information on the Sixes in general, please refer back to the Six of Fire.

Image: Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert from Llewellyn Worldwide