Nine of Cups Artwork Description
“A comfortable character is feasting to his heart’s content and an ample supply of refreshing wine is on the arched counter behind him.” 1
Nine of Cups Associations
- Nine: Hesitation, prudence; solidification, satisfaction, end; skill and success.
- Element: Water.
- Timing: Autumn; slothy; dynamic.
- Direction: West/indirect; continuity.
- Keywords: Relationships; family, friends, strangers, enemies; coworkers; romance/lovers; emotional attachments to other sentient beings or highly valued things.
Nine of Cups Basic Meaning
The Nine of Cups is about emotional fulfillment. The Querent’s wish is granted. Joy, satisfaction, and enjoyment. Stimulating relationships.
“All your wishes will be granted. One of the best cards in the deck. Prosperity, oodles of love, and emotional satisfaction. Just be careful what you wish for. Success in magickal endeavors.” 2
“An innkeeper sits before nine cups set out for guests. This is considered one of the best cards of the minors, the ‘wish’ card. Keep in mind, however, that this card is not Alladin’s magic lantern granting you that new car or winning lottery number. It is about our wish for emotional fulfillment.
In some mystical systems it’s thought that what you put out will return back to you threefold. Or, as Shakespeare put it, the more love you give to others, the more you have, for ‘both are infinite.’ (Romeo & Juliet, II,ii). This is something of the meaning of this card. The more love and good emotions that you put out into the universe, the more come back to you until you have a feast of good wishes. Think of it like walking into an inn and finding that the innkeeper has already filled his chalices with the best wine for you and your friends.
The reader can predict for the querent satisfaction in family, friends and relationships, joy and camaraderie. They will feel creative and happy. In addition, this card could be a prediction of a great dinner, an amazing party or just a wonderful night at the local pub.” 3
“Meaning: Concord, contentment, physical well-being; also victory, success, advantage; satisfaction for the Querent or person for whom the consultation is made. Of good augury for military men.
Reversed: Truth, loyalty, liberty; but the readings vary and include mistakes and imperfections. Good business.” 1
Axank’s Dream Recollection
I was at this intersection near the mall. It was a four-way stop with a shipping bay driveway on one way and traffic (not really flowing) on the other 3-ways. There were students ALL OVER the sidewalk, some in the streets, some on the shipping bay drive-way. There was a motorcycle guy who “crashed” into the drive-way because someone put their hand or leg out, and the motorcycle flew up into the air out of the way and the guy on the bike just kind of hopped off and got really pissed off. Some other students were hating on some skater(s). [my notes are kind of cryptic as I was half asleep when I wrote it but there was something about being outlined in chalk… maybe someone died??]. The only connection I see here is a gathering of people <merriment>.