The 9 of Cups is often perceived as the wish card by many readers. It brings about abundance and in this illustration, we can see a man who has already begun to enjoy the contents of the cups on the shelves behind him. He has one at his feet and could probably still be living the dream.
When we look towards trends for the future in a reading, this is not a bad card to see. In fact, it is actually good, since it could be suggesting that your wishes will manifest in the physical world. If you were looking for some kind of resolution in your tarot reading, then this would herald a positive one.
However, when the card sits in our past, it speaks of wishes which have already been acknowledged. How do we feel about those cups on the shelves? We may have emptied their contents some time ago. Did we get everything we dreamed of? Did we ask for the right things?
Wishes and dreams come with responsibility. We may have enjoyed the blessings bestowed upon us previously, but at what cost? This guy is drinking alone, after all. When the card sits with The Hermit (also a ‘9’), it paints a lonely picture.
These cards could represent a person who’s dreams have ended up separating them from others. Were they a spoilt child or a selfish adult, who’s friends have all disappeared? Does this combination describe the businessman who got everything he wanted, but has nobody to share his dreams with. What is it they say? It’s lonely at the top.
But sometimes, the cards can act as a warning or possible deterrent. When Temperance sits with the 9 of Cups, it suggests we monitor and moderate our intake. It might be that we do not want all of our cups at once or do not desire our wishes to be granted without our putting in some of the hard work. Is it really rewarding to receive our greatest wishes without effort? This combination could suggest that we reject the quick-fixes in life and consider whether our wish would really bring lasting satisfaction if it were acknowledged and granted right now.
© Steven Bright Tiferet Tarot 2014
Illustrations by Steven Bright