The 9 of Cups is a card that most people love to see in a reading. It signals happiness, good company, great food, plenty of drink and happy times in the company of friends. The little things in life take on great importance and bring equally great joy.
“It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.”
~ Dale Carnegie
It is often considered a card of wish-fulfilment but can also indicate wishful thinking if next to cards like The Devil, the 7 of Cups, the 2 of Swords or the 8 of Swords.
Mostly, it brings news of happy times though. This is ‘the cat that got the cream’ card in the deck. You usually feel jammy and smug about your good fortune when the 9 of Cups shows up.
Emotionally, expansive Jupiter in watery and mutable Pisces signifies an urge to merge and become one with the other person. While this can be wonderful if the feelings are reciprocated, it can also highlight boundary issues – especially if this urge is taken advantage of by the object of one’s desire.
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough”
~ Oprah Winfrey
At the other end of the spectrum, Jupiter in Pisces brings a strong tendency to overindulge. This impulse come from a fear of not getting/having enough. Alcoholism can sometimes be indicated when this card shows up, especially in the company of The Devil, the 7 of Cups and an ill-dignified or reversed Knight/King of Cups.
Physically, all the Pisces cards in the Tarot deck highlight problems with the feet and the lymphatic system.
Affirmation: “I am happy to be alive and content with what I have.”
9 of Cups Prayer
Dear Mother-Father God (or whichever higher power you acknowledge), thank you for the many blessings in my life. Open my heart wide to the blessing of gratitude so that I may attract abundance from a place of deep contentment. So mote it be!
Correspondences for the 9 of Cups
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
Archangel: Sandalphon/Barachiel (Pisces) and Sachiel (Ruler of Jupiter)
Gemstone: Aqua aura, turquoise and mother of pearl
The 9 of Cups in Love and Relationships
A card of great emotional contentment. This card indicates an ability to appreciate the little things in life – a trait which instantly leads to increased happiness.
The 9 of Cups is together with The Star one of the two ‘wish cards’ in the Tarot. You instantly get a feeling that your wish will come true when it shows up in any type of reading, so obviously if it shows up in a reading about love and relationships, it usually indicates that things will go your way… And if they don’t exactly go your way, something much better will be just around the corner.
Ill-dignified it usually means an inability to appreciate life in general. Moodiness, crabbiness and intolerance could be indicated. Other people are seen more as a cause of trouble than a source of joy.
In a single person’s reading, the 9 of Cups indicates their wish for new love to come true. Check surrounding cards for the Ace, 2 and 3 of Cups as well as The Lovers, the Knight of Cups or any court cards which could signify a new lover.
If the card shows up ill-dignified or reversed in a single person’s reading, it usually means a need to learn greater self-love and appreciation for life. A good way would be to start practicing gratitude and to start giving more from the heart with no other intention than the joy of giving. Once this lesson is mastered, you will become a magnet for love.
Sexually, this card indicates a deep emotional merging. Your higher hearts are open and unconditional love flows unhindered (upright and well-dignified).
If ill-dignified, sex will be more about getting than being in the flow of giving and receiving. There will be an unspoken expectation of not getting one’s needs met.