The Druid Craft Tarot- Nine of Cups, displays, a contented, smiling chieftain, sitting at his bountiful table. He is drinking out of one cup, while eight more await his attention. At his table is a large fish, all roasted and ready to be savored. He is rather rotund, so he is well fed and lacks for nothing. Upon his wall is a tapestry of the Celtic Green Man, the god of the forest and fertility, of who he seems to be toasting as if his happiness is felt as a religious experience. His cape is the deep blue of clean water which is the element of this card. All in all, a scene of happiness.
In Qabalistic Tarot, the 9's all refer to Yesod, the 9th Sephiroth that is the Foundation of all manifested forms and forces on Malkuth-the physical and material plane.
The 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)
Now this is 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, for the same deep emotional power that is felt as happiness, is used to feel depressed.
The Thoth 9 OF CUPS-Lord of Material Happiness, is Jupiter (sign top of card) in Pisces (sign at bottom of card). 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, 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. Also, 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 (consciousness), so this card is a Happiness well-spring that floods into our normal state of 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 blogs you may know by now that Yesod, the 9th Sephiroth, is the Foundation of all manifested forms and forces on Malkuth-the physical plane.
As stated previously, Jupiter in Pisces also indicates pleasant travel by water and brings good fortune through occupations governed by Neptune.
So when the Nine 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'.