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The Nine of Cups in Tarot and How to Read It

Andrea has a background in Myers-Briggs and Western astrology. She mostly writes about relationships.

The Nine of Cups indicates that your wishes will come true. You will find contentment in your life. You have set yourself up to have a positive future.

The Nine of Cups indicates that your wishes will come true. You will find contentment in your life. You have set yourself up to have a positive future.

Nine of Cups in Tarot

Your desires are fulfilled. Your wishes come true. You get what you want. You're in an emotionally good place.

You feel satisfied. You're even smug about your progress, rewards, and growth. Enjoy the good feels while they last. It's always nice to get the results you wanted. Being content is one of the major keys to life.

In the reversed position, the card indicates that you have unrealistic desires. You dream for things that you can't make into reality. You need to rethink what you're doing. You're not in synch with your true destiny.

The Nine of Cups Vs. the Ten of Cups

Both the Nine of Cups and the Ten of Cups represent emotional happiness. The Suit of Cups represents the element of water—the element of relationships, emotions, and intuition. Emotional fulfillment is the goal of the suit.

Cards with the same number share numerological symbology. The Hermit is the ninth card of the Major Arcana: it is related to all the nines of the suits.

This means there is an element of solitude to the Nine of Cups. Your ego isn't in control of you. You've found humility. The Nine of Cups is about emotional happiness and enjoyment found alone. The Ten of Cups is about emotional happiness and fulfillment enjoyed collectively, with family, co-workers, and so forth.

Tarot Basics

Tarot is the French word for Tarrochi, the original Italian word for the cards. The cards were first for games, not divination. The first rules for a game appeared in a manuscript by Martiano da Tortona in the early 1400s.

The card games first started in Italy and then spread to other parts of Europe. Notable exceptions include: the British Isles, the Iberian peninsula, and the Balkans.

The Minor Arcana is made up of four suits, which are tradtionally called wands, pentacles, swords, and cups. The Major Arcana is made up of 22 trumps.

Fortune-tellers tend to use specially designed decks rather than those used for games. The games are popular in Europe. In fact, in France, French Tarot is the second most popular game after Belote. There are international Tarot tournaments held annually.

The Nine of Wishes appears when you have made good investments into your future. You are in tune with your destiny. You're honoring yourself by establishing a good foundation.

The Nine of Wishes appears when you have made good investments into your future. You are in tune with your destiny. You're honoring yourself by establishing a good foundation.

Card Alignments

Upright

Contentment, satisfaction, gratitude, fulfillment, emotional maturity, pleasure, wishes come true, enlightenment, joy, cohesion, good investment, great results, correct.

Reversed

Inner happiness, materialism, emotional disparity, wrong reasons, unrealistic, pipe dream, irrational, not knowing one's self or destiny, dissatisfaction, indulgence, hedonism.

Description

In the Nine of Cups, a man sits comfortably. His arms are crossed, he is smiling, he expresses contentment and satisfaction.

Behind the man: a curved drapery in blue and nine golden cups arranged in an arch. The cups represent emotional fulfillment. A long journey took place in order for all the cups to assemble.

Curved shapes generally relate to femininity in Tarot. Straight lines and sharp corners relate to masculinity. Femininity is often seen as the subconscious and masculinity as the conscious. What does this mean for the Nine of Cups? Wishes form in the subconscious; they're processed and tweaked in the conscious.

The man's emotional maturity took time to develop. It didn't happen overnight. It took years of hard work and patience, both on his part and from his mentors. We reach emotional enlightenment in adulthood. We realize that we can direct our emotions; we don't have to be run over by them. We learn what helps produce happiness and how to make it languish.

When we have truly learned to manage our emotions we will come into alignment with our purpose, which is to collectively lower suffering on the planet. Humans are designed to turn Earth into a paradise.

The Nine of Cups is a great card to receive. It shows you are emotionally on track. The card before it, the Eight of Cups, is about walking away from emotional things that no longer serve you. When you step away from the things that hold you back, you can make a better investment in your future. The Nine of Cups is proof that your alignment with your future is correct.

The Suits

CategoryWandsPentaclesSwordsCups

Element

Fire

Earth

Air

Water

Color

Red

Green

Yellow

Blue

Western Astrology

Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

Represents

Free-Will, Passion, Anger

Wealth, Health, Physical Resources

Thoughts, Integrity, Logic

Emotions, Relationships, Intuition

Animals

Mammals of the Land

Reptiles

Birds

Beasts of the Sea

Yin and Yang

Yang

Yin

Yang

Yin

Play Style

Manifestation of Energy

Physical Resources

Manifestation of Thoughts

Matters of the Heart

The Nine of Cups indicates you're in a good alignment with your wishes. You're putting in the right effort, and you're focused. You'll get good results with your efforts. This will turn into contentment.

The Nine of Cups indicates you're in a good alignment with your wishes. You're putting in the right effort, and you're focused. You'll get good results with your efforts. This will turn into contentment.

Upright Nine of Cups

If you resonate with this card then you have done well. You have found emotional maturity. This card shows that you are happy. You feel good with yourself. You feel you have made good decisions.

You're in the right place. You're feeling good about your partner. You have the right balance of work, home, fitness, and love. Abundance has come your way in all the right ways.

The Nine of Cups is often called the wish card. The planets have aligned. The puzzle pieces all fit. Contentment doesn't always last, so suck it up and enjoy it.

If you made a wish and are patiently waiting for it to come true, you could soon be getting an answer. Wishes do come true. Life isn't always about suffering.

This card is an invitation to indulge a little. Bring out the wine. Eat some steak. Take a vacation to somewhere you've always wanted to go. You deserve to reward yourself every now and then.

The card encourages you to practice gratitude. Try saying "thank you" more often. When you wake up, try to think of three things you are grateful for. Be charitable, volunteer, and spend time in prayer. Write thank you cards to those who have blessed your life.

Over time, you will magnify your contentment. You'll refine your wishes so that they come true. Be careful what you wish for because it might not play out how you think it will.

Use the Law of Attraction to your advantage. Dream about what you want and imagine you already have it. Visualize yourself with your wishes. Reach out and grab them and hold them. Try to wish for something feasible and not something absurd: you're not going to turn into a winged angel, and you're not going to date Britney Spears.

Again, be grateful for what you do have. Things change quickly. Nothing lasts forever in the mortal realm. Be on good terms with those around you. Honor your connections; they came to you for a reason. Lay down your anger and pride.

Tips for how to stay content:

  • Don't compare your happiness to other people's happiness.
  • Limit how much time you spend on social media. Social media can be addictive and distracting. People are not showing their full selves online.
  • Give more and receive less. Pay it forward. A generous spirit helps maintain contentment.
  • Stay in touch with a community of people. You need to balance out your alone time and your time spent with others.
  • Share and care. Don't be selfish.
  • Don't get bent out of shape if things don't go your way. Be flexible. No one gets everything they want.
  • Go with the flow. When we go against the flow, we're generally chasing after lofty goals or material things.
  • Exercise and do intentional movement. Going sedentary is really hard on your body and will manifest health issues. Your body is designed to move.
This is a great card to receive in a Tarot reading. It means you're showing emotional maturity and have a good handle on your ego.

This is a great card to receive in a Tarot reading. It means you're showing emotional maturity and have a good handle on your ego.

Reversed Nine of Cups

You feel like something is missing. You haven't quite achieved what you desire. You can't shake that feeling that something is off. You're frustrated by what you're lacking.

If the Reversed Nine of Cups appears, you potentially feel off because you've pursued material gain rather than spiritual gain. Our egos want all the riches. Spirit is more sane. The spirit knows not to prize property and money above people, life, and joy.

You may own the most expensive car or house on the block, but you never see your loved ones. You've surrounded yourself with a fortress of goodies, but it makes you feel empty. You're miserable because you're not having real connections.

You may also be trying to imitate social connections through social media, online video games, or even dolls. You need to be with real, living people. You need to see your parents, meet with old friends, and get into conversations with strangers. Prizing material possessions can ruin your life and whittle down your social circle.

The Reversed Nine of Cups is a warning. It calls into question your values. Do you want to be like the Devil trying to hoard up everything he can? Or do you want to be like Jesus who is willing to sacrifice himself for those he loves? Money is an illusion. The more you get addicted to it. . . the more numb you become.

Stop trying to impress others. Take a break from social media because it's fueling your desire to impress others. Do you really need to write that status? Is that comment necessary? Do you need to brag to all your friends about the fancy meal you just ate?

Instead of looking outside yourself and the external world for happiness, you should look within. You need to get in better touch with yourself. You need to find your spirit again. You can still find it underneath all the clutter.

Stop trying to make yourself happy by doing the things you think makes other people happy. You need to be yourself. You won't find happiness as a copy cat. Remember: the relationship you have from day one to the very last day is the one with yourself. No one is going to walk with you through every mile, skip, jump, and hop. It's you. You are the one that's going through your life. You need to take control of it.

If you have fallen into some bad behavior then this is your wake up call to quit. You don't have to smoke your lungs away. You don't have to work yourself to the bone for a job and a boss that don't give two farts about you.

If you're not sure what you really wish for then you will be frustrated in life. You need to know your own wishes and mission on this big blue and green rock. Actively pursue your dreams. Don't hold yourself back. No one is holding you back but yourself.

You must recommit to your dreams. Get your hands dirty. Put in the hard work for passive income, for a fancy office job, for a wonderful creative job, or to find someone that could somehow be a real, living soul mate.

Don't overindulge at the expense of your health and well-being. Get some rest. Eat right. Live a balanced life.

Living on the edge will erode you. Put some distance between you and your vices. Moderation and focus are the keys to life. Going outside of your means will result in consequences. Short term pleasure isn't worth the pain of major setbacks. You must be a steward to your own life. Develop a better relationship with yourself, so you can have better relationships with others.

True contentment is around the corner. You just need to make some tweaks here and there. Give to the poor, donate things you no longer use, and release items that no longer serve you.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2021 Andrea Lawrence

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