Card by Card – Nine of Cups

Radiant Rider-Waite Nine of Cups

If you missed last weeks card by card post on the Eight of Swords, you can read about it here.

Just like last week, I’ll be taking a look at several variations from different decks and gathering that particular Author and/or Artists thoughts and perspectives.

The Nine of Cups is the randomly drawn COTW-card of the week.   What does it mean when you receive this card in a one card daily drawing or it turns up in a spread?

The first Nine of Cups we’ll be looking at is from the Radiant Rider-Waite Tarot published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. 2003.

“In Simple fortunetelling with tarot cards“, Corrine Kenner writes of the Nine of Cups:

In the classic Waite design, a grinning bartender sits comfortably in front of nine cups, all lined up on a curved bar behind him.  He looks like he’s already knocked back one or two drinks himself, and he’s ready and willing to share the wealth.  Waite called this card “Material Happiness.” 

Keywords:  Social events, parties, gatherings, comfort, contentment, success, advantage, satisfaction regarding the question of the reading, a comfortable mix of business and pleasure.

(The Nine of Cups is sometimes called the “Wish Card”)

This first pair is from The Steampunk Tarot by Barbara Moore & Aly Fell (Llewellyn Publications 2012) & The Bohemian Gothic Tarot – 2nd edition currently oop – by Karen Mahony & Alex Ukolov (Magic Realist Press, 2010.)

Nine of Cups - The Steampunk Tarot & The Bohemian Gothic Tarot

The Steampunk Tarot:  Material, emotional, and physical well-being.  If this card is present in a reading, it brings very happy and bountiful energy with it-although isn’t there an old saying about wishes?  “If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride” -no, not that one.  Oh yes: “Be careful what you wish for.”

The Bohemian Gothic Tarot:  Simple earthy pleasures; Feeling well-off, even if you aren’t rich; Minor indulgences such as good food and drink; Feeling relaxed and happy; Getting your basic, everyday wishes granted; Enjoyment of a few simple luxuries.

The last pair are from the Paulina Tarot by Paulina Cassidy (U.S. Games Systems, Inc. 2008) & the Deck of Heroes Tarot by Richard ShadowFox (Schiffer Publishing 2012)

Nine of Cups - Paulina Tarot & Deck of Heroes Tarot

The Paulina Tarot:  A feeling of well-being, enjoyment of life, great success, contentment, generosity of spirit.  At the top of a mountain, a woman and her cat take pride and delight in all their luxury.  Cups filled with riches are displayed on the vine surrounding them.

Deck of Heroes Tarot:  A favorite representation here is the wish card, and that makes this one of the most positive and popular cards of an entire deck.  However, there is always a lesson and a balance to consider as expectations rise the more things go one’s way, and the pitfall of entitlement and ego can make good fortune a long-term negative.

The Ten of Cups is Card 49 in the Tarot Dynamics system and is about Emotional Understanding.  “Events at work and/or at home can give you the feeling that it could be easier then you expected to get into or out of something.  However, this is the “wish” card and because it tends to set Karmic wheels in motion, you’d be especially wise to be careful what you wish for now.  Although your hopes may be higher then they’ve been for a while, no matter how strongly you desire something (or someone) now, facing the truth or handling the consequences should your wish come true, may prove more challenging than you expect, or are prepared to handle.”  ~Anna Burroughs Cook, Tarot Dynamics Unleashed, 2011

Reversed (Rx) or ill-dignified:  Beware of allowing your ego to overwhelm your commonsense.  Your wish may be delayed or prove not to be all that you expect.  Mistakes, errors, imperfections revealed.  Forsaking material pleasures for spiritual ones.  Simplicity.  Liberation from superficial attachments.

Please join me over the next week as I’ll be looking at the Nine of Cups more in depth and combined with a new COTD each day.  Stop over to the New Paths Tarot -Facebook page and get in the discussion!

I hope this has shed some new light on the Nine of Cups!

Until next time, Happy Tarot’ing and May Your Journey be an Enchanted one.

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