Nine of Cups Tarot Card Meanings & Combinations
Water, female, passive energy - emotions
Keywords and Phrases:
Wishes fulfilled, satisfaction, emotional well-being, abundance.
Nine of Cups Tarot Card Meanings
The Nine of Cups represents a wish fulfilled, so it rarely fails to bring a smile to someone’s face when it appears as the outcome card. Appearing in other positions it can indicate what is being wished for, with the following or surrounding cards showing to what extent this is realised.
The Nine of Cups brings abundance and good cheer, material satisfaction, emotional fulfilment, and a contented sense of physical well-being. Whilst this is a lovely card in its own right and greatly enhances others, in relationship readings it doesn’t quite have the settled permanency of the Ten, since it’s the penultimate number of the suit.
If reversed or ill-dignified, hopes dashed, unfulfilled wish, fly-in-the-ointment scenario, something flawed, for some readers it shows a sense of emptiness with material or physical pleasures, releasing superficial aspects of life.
Similar or supporting cards: The Sun (happiness and contentment) Three of Cups (‘happy dance’) The World (success with fulfilment) - most cards representing happiness and contentment.
Opposing or contradictory cards: Four of Cups (dissatisfied) Five of Cups (sadness)
Nine of Cups Tarot Card Combinations:
If the Nine of Cups immediately follows one of the less favourable cards it can show an interesting twist to a situation and, despite first appearances, what seems a bad situation turns our surprisingly well; a blessing in disguise. One of the easiest cards in combinations and probably needs little explanation.
> Four of Cups: be careful what you wish for, not happy with something once you get it, not all you dreamed it would be, something of a let down. Amplified further if the Nine immediately followed by a negative card, such as Ten of Swords, etc, could be very short-lived!
> The Sun: …and your cup runneth over… you could be exploding with happiness with this combination!
> The Devil > Three of Cups: hedonistic pursuits and wild times, serious partying!
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