Thoth- 9 of Cups-Happiness
Lord of manifested happiness.
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-Lord of Material Happiness, 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, (see-The Four worlds) 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, but 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.
The recipient of this Happiness, really doesn't ponder a reason to be happy, for their own consciousness has not reasoned it out as a logical way to be.....they "just are" and they feel "good all over. As you are this far into the Qabalistic Tarot and Tree of Life you know by now that Yesod, the 9th Sephiroth, is the Foundation of all manifested forms and forces on Malkuth-the physical plane.
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. Everybody is Happy!
Gothic Tarot- 9 of Cups
Languishing in sensual pleasure.
The Gothic Tarot- 9 of Cups-displays 9 Vampire Bats flitting about a blood cup. I would venture to guess that a cup of blood would bring material happiness to these blood lovers. Again, you would have to have a traditional knowledge of Tarot to use these cards as they really don't concentrate on meanings as much as they do of Anne Stokes Gothic Art.
So when the 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.
If ill defined by surrounding cards in the layout:
- Faux happiness of materialism.
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