Above all things know thyself!
Thoth- 9 of Cups-Happiness
Lord of Material Happiness.
#9. In thought and word and deed, I rest my life, from day to day, upon the sure Foundation of Eternal Being.
The Tarot 9's, generally show very great fundamental force because they rest on the Firm Foundational Base of Yesod. (9th Sephiroth on the Tree of Life). Yesod is the Sphere of pure-conscious- emotional power, so that means it can be used negatively or positively, depending on the perspective of the user. Discrimination is the key here.
The Thoth 9 of Cups- is called the Lord of Material Happiness by Crowley, and is assigned the planet Jupiter in the house of Pisces. The Angels of the Decan are Saliah and Asriel.
The 9 of Cups is Yesod in Briah, influencing the Material World. Here, the benevolence of Jupiter, effects happiness and satisfaction in the Earth plane (Malkuth), by functioning through the Water of Pisces.
The 9 of Cups-Happiness is a card of sensuality and pleasure, more mystical than convention allows, and less stable than the 10, emotion is now flowing and reaching towards the mystical states of ecstasy. Here, sensual pleasure, may be felt as a religious experience as the influence of Jupiter is strong in the passive, receptive and somewhat psychic character of Pisces. Jupiter in Pisces also indicates pleasant travel by water and brings good fortune through occupations governed by Neptune. The personality inclination here is a tendency for kindness, quiet and unassuming, with an unambitious approach to life. If the planet is well dignified, there may be a more ambitious approach to occupation.
The Square arrangement of the Cups, on the 9 of Cups, overflowing into one another, suggests the 4th Sephiroth- Chesed-Jupiter and the perfection of Water force, a dreamy current of consciousness which is also reinforced by Yesod-9, being the number of the Moon. Pisces brings out the most Placid form of Water (unconsciousness/emotion), so this card is a Happiness well-spring that floods into our normal state of waking consciousness. Therefore, the recipient of this Happiness really doesn't ponder this state of happiness, it just flows from the unconscious to the consciousness without question.
Haindl Tarot- Nine of Cups-Fortune
New Title, "Material Fortune"
The Haindl Tarot- 9 of Cups-Fortune, was given a new title by Haindl, thinking it to be more realistic. The upper center of the card displays the I-Ching hexagram, 42,I, "Increase". The reverse I-Ching hexagram, 41, Sun, "Decrease". In answer to the chaos of the eight, the nine of cups shows the cups all arranged in order, upright and balanced. The water flowing through a hole in the rock declares nature restored. The flowing water also indicates usefulness as fortunate people do not act excessively, thereby, not wasting what life gives them. Since this card is material fortune, it is about what nature supplies, rather than personal "good luck".
When the Nine/9 of Cups-Happiness, is thrown during a reading, it implies:
- Contentment and Satisfaction.
- Everything looks and feels "rosy".
- The querent, is enjoying self-esteem and inner joy; flowing feelings of inspiration and joy.
- The dull thunk in this chiming joy, is that this is temporary, as Change is the stability of the Universe;"The cat is away, so the mice can play", kind of moment.
- Before reason takes over, and finds the logical points of survival thinking that messes up "unmitigated joy".
- The love that opens up everything.
- Optimism and trust in the future.
- Emotional breakthrough.
If ill defined by surrounding cards in the layout (Thoth) or reversed (Haindl), it implies:
- Faux happiness of materialism.
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