Nine of Cups

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Nine of Cups from the Rider-Waite Tarot deck

The Nine of Cups is the ninth card in the suit of Cups. It usually stands for victory, success, and contentment. There will be satisfaction for the Querent or person for whom the consultation is made. Success for military men.

General description

In the Rider-Waite Tarot deck, Pamela Colman Smith depicts the Nine of Cups as a goodly personage who has feasted to his heart's content, and abundant refreshment of wine is on the arched counter behind him, seeming to indicate that the future is also assured.

Divinatory meaning

Colman's picture offers the material meaning of this card, but there are other aspects. The Nine of Cups signifies the realization of hopes and wishes lying in one's own power or destiny, making one enjoy the fullness of life, and adopting the philosophy of Epicurus. There is no evil in it. It shows goodness and a jovial disposition, not only contentment and happiness in one's self, but also, owing to Leo's influence, the love of bestowing hospitality on other people and helping them.

If reversed, the card can mean: Truth, loyalty, liberty. Mistakes, imperfections.

Tarot Topics
Major Arcana The FoolThe MagicianThe High PriestessThe EmpressThe EmperorThe HierophantThe LoversThe ChariotStrengthThe HermitWheel of FortuneJusticeThe Hanged ManDeathTemperanceThe DevilThe TowerThe StarThe MoonThe SunJudgementThe World
Minor Arcana Pentacles AceTwoThreeFourFiveSixSevenEightNineTenPageKnightQueenKing
Wands AceTwoThreeFourFiveSixSevenEightNineTenPageKnightQueenKing
Cups AceTwoThreeFourFiveSixSevenEightNineTenPageKnightQueenKing
Swords AceTwoThreeFourFiveSixSevenEightNineTenPageKnightQueenKing
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