Nine of Cups Tarot Card Meaning

nine of cups tarot card meaning

9 of Cups


Assured future, Security, Stability, Good Health, Satisfaction, Spiritual well being, Material Happiness, Can mean you will marry the person who desire, Taking care of what is yours, A wish may come true, Contentment, Love fulfilled.


Mistakes, Shortage of money, Material loss, emotional insecurity, wish probably won’t come true, Self indulgence / over indulgence.

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Brianna Stoker

This card depicts a man sitting on a stool looking rather pleased with himself. Behind him, nine Cups are lined up on a shelf, looking like trophies. The immediate impression is one of pride, satisfaction, success. The querent has achieved a string of successes, and has earned the rewards.


There are a couple of options for the reversed card. Instead of a string of successes, it indicated instead, a string of failures. Instead of feeling proud, the querent feels ashamed, humiliated, or at least self-conscious As we are in cups, it could represent a string of failed relationships. In a coiney context, it might indicate a string of business failures. In a swordey context, perhaps a lot of academic failures.

Tarot Goddess

Title: Lord of Material Happiness
Element: Water
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
Decan: Jupiter in Pisces; March 1 – 10
Thumbnail Meaning: Stability, security, integrity; happiness, health and well-being.

The tarot’s four nines are cards of completion. They are powerful, for better or worse. This card is powerfully good: it augurs success in this world, if not the next one.

The 9 of Cups is a card of prosperity, security and blessing. It does not necessarily mean great wealth and a handsome lover, although it certainly could. This card can refer to any major fulfillment, including:

a restoration of emotional balance
a good outcome from a business deal
getting out of debt
coming into an inheritance
healing from trauma or despair

So, you’re wondering, what’s the catch? In Book T, the Nine of Cups augurs “complete and perfect realization of pleasure and happiness” but it also means “self-praise, vanity, conceit, much talking of self…A good and generous, but sometimes foolish nature.”

A bit of selfishness may be healthy––but too much leads to smugness, pride and greed for more. Satiety and success sow the seeds of their own destruction in this way. This card reminds me of an old Jewish proverb, “Put a bit of silver behind a glass and all you see is yourself.”

The success promised by this card is material––no mean thing. Prosperity is wonderful. But material success often leads to softness and selfishness. Take heed of this as well.

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