Nine of Cups

"I have everything I need to be happy."

IX: Nine of Cups

satisfaction sensuality luxury pleasure

With understanding and forgiveness there is an ecstatic moment of fulfillment, the power of unconditional love, the benediction. Great mother in all her aspects, protecting, caring and unselfish, the deep joy of overflowing love. Also the support that a close, loving family can give and share. A time of pleasure and satisfaction and the fulfillment of a cherished wish. The psyche is rescued from the darkness of the underworld with inner commitment of the only mortal and loyalty of own feelings, a second meeting of real marriage is possible - the inner and outer union.
Inverse: Over-possessive love.



  • Being delighted with your own achievements.
  • Recognizing your own talents and abilities.
  • Reveling in the good things life has to offer.
  • Indulging yourself.
  • Relaxing and unwinding.
  • Having everything you need in order to feel complete.
  • Shadow

    • Being smug.
    • Satisfying yourself at the expense of others.
    • Being selfish.
    • Over-indulging.
    • Avoiding work that needs to be done.
    • Claiming achievements or skills you do not possess.
    • Never being satisfied, no matter how much you have.
    • Symbolism

      The Happy Merchant

      The RWS-inspired merchant sits in front of a raised and curtained platform, looking as happy as he can be. The Gilded Tarot's wine maker is "in his cups," merry as ever. What outcome would delight you? How can you make that outcome more likely?

      What's behind the Curtain? The curtained shelf on RWS-inspired cards prompts much speculation

      What's the merchant hiding? And to what extent is that secret responsible for his apparent satisfaction? In your situation, what information is being hidden or repressed in order to maintain false happiness?

      The Life of Leisure

      In the Blue 9, we see a picture of total relaxation: an escape from the worries and cares of the world. What steps would you have to take in order to experience this kind of peace? Do you know what it would take to satisfy you completely?

      The Marseilles Image

      Strong emotions (represented by the nine Cups) have all but crowded out opportunities for growth and prosperity. To what extent do your emotional responses support your goals? How might they interfere with your achievement of satisfaction?

      Nine of Cups' Advice


      • Appreciate what you have.
      • When things are good, it's easy to take someone for granted.
      • Today, emphasize the ways your friendships and relationships are working for you.
      • What's working?
      • What's comforting?
      • What do you have to smile about?


      • Who should your work satisfy?
      • What are the criteria used to evaluate your work's completeness?
      • Knowing the answer to these questions is the key to success.
      • Resist the urge to revise and revise; know when to be happy with your best effort.


      • Finding your center - a still point, a place of peace insulated from outer disturbances - will help you maintain an enlightened perspective.
      • When pressured or rushed, remember to breathe.
      • Pause, retreat, withdraw.
      • Allow your spiritual discipline to yield practical results.

      Personal Growth

      • A life of constant luxury breeds dullness.
      • Learn when to push back; you can be satisfied with less than you think.
      • With a little restraint in place, you'll be better equipped to enjoy real luxury when the time for indulgence comes.

      Fortune Telling

      • Whatever you want, you'll get it.


      • March 1st through 10th.

      Questions to ask

      • What is true happiness?
      • If I could have anything, what would I have?
      • What is my attitude toward luxury? Do I deserve it?

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      Parts of this page's description of the Nine of Cups tarot card are taken from "A Guide to Tarot Card Meanings" by Mark McElroy.