Nine of Cups Tarot Card Meaning Explained

nine of cups thothKeywords

  • Contented
  • Happiness
  • Fulfillment
  • Joy
  • Laziness
  • Indulgence
  • Satisfied

General Meaning of the Nine of Cups in a Reading

The number Nine in the Tarot Cards usually indicates a kind of ending; the completion of a cycle. It’s not quite like the tens, which hold the promise of a new beginning. There is a culmination here. After the long journey through our Love Relationships in the cups suit, we finally come to a place of inner happiness and fulfillment. It’s not yet quite everything we want but we are close. At this stage, we can thank our lucky stars and guidance from our angels who have gotten us this far! We may have suffered many heartbreaks and have had to be emotionally strong, and now is a time where we can sit back and relax.

In a shorter, 1 card tarot reading, or in the longer, Celtic Cross Reading, we can look around us and appreciate what we have. We may count our blessing and be joyful that our wishes have come true- gratitude is key here. However, it’s also important to still keep challenging ourselves and not get too complacent or lazy in the enjoyment of our lives!

Symbolism of the Nine of Cups

nine of cupsAs we well know by now, the Suit of Cups is all about relationships and emotions. Using the Rider-Waite Deck, we can see a man sitting with his arms folded, in a relaxed posture, a smile on his face. Behind him are nine cups in a row, which represent emotional fulfillment and happiness.

He is seen to be emotionally comfortable, satisfied and happy with his life, and whether it’s his family or his relationships, he clearly is contented – perhaps even a little smug!

Nine of Cups in the Past

When we get this card in the past position of a 3-card tarot spread, we have just come through a very happy, fulfilling period of life. We felt like “all our ducks are in a row” and everything just seemed to go right for us in our lives. This sense of satisfaction may still be felt at the moment.

Nine of Cups in the Present

This is a lovely card to receive in the present position. You may have found your soulmate, or be experiencing emotional joy at some other situation in life, be it family, money or career-related.  You’re feeling grateful and happy to have come this far. Count your blessings and remember how lucky you are!

Nine of Cups in the Future

No matter what you may be experiencing in the present, the future looks bright and rosy, especially when it comes to your personal happiness and fulfillment. Soon you will be able to count your blessings in many areas of life and be thankful for your wishes coming true. The only warning with this card is not to take things for granted but to simply celebrate your good luck with a grateful heart. This is a very fortunate card to get in any Tarot Spread.

Reversed Nine of Cups

nine of cups reversedWhen you receive this card in the reverse, you could be complacent, taking your good luck for granted. You may be feeling entitled and forgetting to count your blessings at the moment.

In addition, you may be focussing on the wrong dreams for you at this time. You may need to rethink your future goals, based on a true sense of inner happiness. Perhaps some of your current goals are purely ego driven. It may take some time for your dreams to manifest or for the happiness you ware waiting for to come your way. So, try to cultivate patience in the meantime, whether it’s in the area of your career, relationships or finances.

Nine of Cups Tarot One Card Meaning

When you get this card in a One Card Reading, it is a time for you to relax. You can feel satisfied with work well done and enjoy a sense of emotional stability and wholeness. Things feel as if they have fallen into place and you are feeling very comfortable. Just beware of becoming lazy; you are not quite at the end yet!

Nine of Cups Yes/No Meaning

The Yes or No Tarot Reading can be very meaningful when it comes to making decisions in life. Getting this card face up means that this decision will bring you satisfaction on an emotional level, as well as the enjoyment of what you have in life. Do try not to get too caught up in a sense of smugness or self-satisfaction in this process. For as great as this decision may be for you, you could get a little lazy or complacent.

When this card appears facing down, it means “no”. Emotional satisfaction, sitting back and enjoying the situation and becoming complacent is not what you want to be doing right now. The contentment that you are looking for is still a little while away, so make sure that you aren’t too settled in this situation. You might feel somewhat let down that your hopes are not yet coming true.

Nine of Cups Summary

This is one of the best cards to receive in any Tarot Reading, whether it’s online or physical! It indicates happiness, joy, and fulfillment in most areas of life, specifically when it comes to your relationship or marriage. It’s time to relax and enjoy your achievements. Count your blessings, but remember not to get too comfortable!

Affirmations for the Nine of Cups

“I am blessed”

“I am grateful for everything I have”

“My relationships are strong”

“I will remember to give thanks for my blessings”

“My life is fulfilled”

“I am contented”

More about the Nine of Cups

Purple Garden Nine of CupsEven when we are happy and fulfilled, it can be nice to have someone cheering us on and helping us make the very best of our blessings. Share your joy and get some insight from one of our skilled psychic readers at Fortunica or at Purple Garden!

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Article Info

Date: Mar 04, 2019
Amelie Rose Estrela is an experienced psychic and recently published, esteemed lead author for the Psychic Guild since 2003. She has written hundreds of articles for the website on a range of topics covered within the psychic niche, including Psychics & Mediums, Tarot & Angel Cards, Astrology & Horoscopes (the topic of her newly-released e-book), Love & Relationships, and Spells & Magic. You can find out more about Amelie on
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