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Nine of Cups

A description and interpretation of the role of The Nine of Cups in the Tarot

In a nutshell...


  • desire

  • omission
    lack of realism


General overview

Are you interested in the world of the divination tarot and in search of reliable information on the meaning and influence of the different arcana? Below you will find everything there is to know about the Nine of Cups.

To begin with, it is wise to keep in mind that, in the tarot, the suit of Cups is always associated with love, feelings and emotions. For numerology experts, the number 9 is considered a passing figure, making the link between the perfection of 8 and the renaissance brought about by 10. So, with the Nine of Cups you should expect a period of emotional transformation.

The symbolism of this card is particularly interesting to analyze. The three cups on the lower part are surrounded by floral motifs that look past their best. They represent wounds and injuries that are stopping you from moving forward. To move forward, the only possible solution is to accept and leave them behind. On the other hand, the flowers surrounding the six upper cups are pushing upwards. They should be considered as the vital impulse that encourages you to make a fresh start, as the elevation of a life that tends towards happiness.

To hope is to be happy.


  • from an emotional viewpoint

    The influence of the Nine of Cups on the seeker's romantic life is obvious! The card speaks of the idea of satisfaction and a form of happiness. For singles, it means that the wounds of the past are now well and truly healed and that it is possible for them to move forward. This open state of mind naturally encourages meetings. For couples, the card indicates the reinforcement of the bonds between the two partners, for a serious and long lasting commitment.

  • from a career viewpoint

    With the Nine of Cups, the same feeling of contentment will characterize the seeker's professional life. They will feel satisfied with their responsibilities and status and should enjoy a very calm working atmosphere. The efforts made over the last few years are beginning to bear fruit. What more can you ask for?

  • from a life path viewpoint

    When analyzed from a life path perspective, the Nine of Cups has an amazing faculty of making you think about what things are really important to you. You need to nurture your happiness; this is why it's important to separate the superfluous from the essential and to only focus on the things that are likely to bring you real contentment. If the answers aren't always obvious to work out, they will bring joy, stability and happiness when you do find them.

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    Its influence

    • short-term

      In the short term, the Nine of Cups indicates a period of joy and fulfillment. Proud of what you have accomplished, you now know how to enjoy the pleasures that life has to offer you, both personally, in your relationships and professionally. From now on you should feel content whatever you are doing. And there's no reason for this to change.

    • long-term

      In the long run, the Nine of Cups encourages you to question yourself about what is truly important to you. Happiness depends on a multitude of factors, which must be precisely adjusted. Patience will allow you to find the ingredients necessary for your fulfillment.

    Full interpretation

    Interpretation of The Nine of Cups upright

    In the most common interpretation by cartomancers, the Nine of Cups is looked on as an indication of happiness and contentment. It is certainly one of the most optimistic cards of the Tarot, announcing success and victory in all areas of the seeker's life, whether relational, professional or romantic.

    The resolutely positive energy of the Nine of Cups comes from its extraordinary faculty to push you to go forwards. Everyone has suffered emotional hurts and wounds. But the presence of this card tells you now is the time to get rid of them once and for all and accept the idea of changing your outlook. This, of course, doesn't mean denying your past, but simply recognizing how paralyzing it can be. Although people are the product of their memories, your life is always ahead, not behind.

    However, under the influence of the Nine of Cups the seeker will tend to indulge in their dreams. It will therefore be important for them to concentrate on the material nature of life and ensure that their desires can ultimately be achieved. For lasting happiness, after you’ve dawdled for a while you need to act.

    Interpretation of The Nine of Cups reversed

    When appearing upside down in a divinatory tarot draw, the Nine of Cups testifies to the seeker's strong dissatisfaction. For the moment, a fundamental need is not being satisfied which makes them feel sad or disappointed. There are two possible cases. Sometimes the reversed Nine of Cups expresses the difficulty the seeker is having in acting. Which means their goals remain forever dreams, without any concrete strategy for achieving them being established.

    In other draw configurations, the inverted Nine of Cups indicates an obsession with money and material success. In this situation, the seeker never takes their feelings and emotional needs into account, a situation that is, of course, not ideal if they want to enjoy the large and small pleasures of life.