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What Do the Cup Cards Mean?


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Nine of Cups
What Do the Cup Cards Mean?

The Nine of Cups represents abundance and wishes.

Rider Waite cards by US Gaming Systems; Photo © Patti Wigington 2010

Nine of Cups

In many divinatory traditions, the Nine of Cups is known as a “wish card.” As in, if this card comes up, the querent may just get his or her wish. It’s a card of both emotional abundance and material success. Notice on the image of the card the man with a fairly satisfied look on his face, surrounded by cups – we can assume those are cups full of bounty, and that he’s gotten exactly what he wants out of life. If this card comes up, it usually means that things are going well and you are exactly where you need to be.

Nine of Cups, Reversed

A reversed Nine of Cups is a cautionary card. It reminds us not to get too complacent - you may be taking your relationships and family for granted, and that can turn around and cause damage later on. While the upright Nine can indicate abundance, a reversed Nine may show someone who is overindulgent in pleasures such as food or drink. Don’t overdo yourself – just because something wonderful is there doesn’t mean you have to wallow in it.

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