Nine of Cups

Upright/Well Dignified: There’s more than a few places that refer to the Nine of Cups as the “wish” card. Considering that the title given to it by some groups is “Happiness”, I don’t think that it’s difficult to spot why. The Nine of Cups most often points to a time when you’re happy with the way things are going and content with the situation at the moment. Good things are flowing from other good things and there is a strong sense of positive expansion into unexpected, but not unwanted directions. Summed up, there is a lot of contentment in this situation when a Nine of Cups turns up.

If there are Wands about the place, it could be a sign that the good things aren’t here yet, but things are definitely moving in a positive direction. It can be a good sign that you are on the precipice of something that is going to produce a lot of joy for a lot of people and as a result, a fair amount of that will be flowing back. This is a card about not just happiness, but also the spread of happiness.

In some cases, when a person is wondering whether something good is going to come to pass and the Nine of Cups shows up in a prominent position in a spread (or just happens to fall out of the deck), then it’s a good bet that it’s waiting for something to happen before it manifests. Give it time and an avenue to happen and it will do so.

Reversed/Ill Dignified: One of the primary reasons why the reversed Nine of Cups might show up is due to indulgence to the point of interfering with other aspects of things that might need your attention. When reversed, this card can be seen as too much of a good thing affecting things that it has no business affecting. At its worst, this card can be talking about an addiction that is slowly creeping into the life of a person and creating a situation where ultimatums may be made and unfortunately carried out for the sake of making a point.

In many cases, this could be a situation where you’ve been letting the good times flow and not actually doing anything to maintain them. Looking at the situation and allowing things to run their course is one thing, but letting a good thing fizzle out because you didn’t put in the effort is another thing entirely. Look at what’s working positively at the moment and pay attention to maintaining that, or if they’re not working positively, what needs to be done in order to make good things happen. While “don’t fix it if it ain’t broke” might be good words to live by a lot of the time, there are points where it’s simply being used as an excuse to sit on our behind rather than look at things that might need to be more closely examined.

Then, with this card reversed, there’s the shadow cast over the “wishes” aspect of this card. It might be a sign that what you’re wishing for simply isn’t going  to happen. While it’s disheartening to hear that this could very well be the case, this also means that you’re able to let go of one idea to embrace another. There’s also the possibility that what you’re doing to help things along is exactly the last thing that you should be doing. It ight be time to look at how you’re contributing to your current situation, rather than the situation that you want to bring to pass.


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