Nine of Cups – Happiness
Happiness is the quality or state of being happy. Good fortune or pleasure. The antonym of pleasure is misery.
The Nine of Cups shows that there is a perfect balance between fulfilling your own pleasures and the pleasures you give. A very happy phase in your life.
A goodly personage has feasted to his heart’s content, and abundant refreshment of wine is on the arched counter behind him, seeming to indicate that the future is also assured. The picture offers the material side only, but there are other aspects.
Concord, contentment, physical bien-être; also victory, success, advantage; satisfaction for the Querent or person for whom the consultation is made.
Additional Meanings: Of good augury for military men.
Truth, loyalty, liberty; but the readings vary and include mistakes, imperfections, etc.
Additional meanings: Good business.
Book of Thoth – Happiness
The Nine of Cups is called Happiness. This is a peculiarly good card, because happiness, as the word implies, is so much a matter of luck: the card is ruled by Jupiter, and Jupiter is Fortune.
In all these watery cards, there is a certain element of illusion; they begin by Love, and love is the greatest and most deadly of the illusions. The sign of Pisces is the refinement, the fading away of this instinct, which, begun with dreadful hunger and carried on with passion, has now become “a dream within a dream”.
The card is ruled by Jupiter. Jupiter in Pisces is indeed good fortune, but only in the sense of complete satiety. The fullest satisfaction is merely the matrix of a further putrefaction; there is no such thing as absolute rest. A cottage in the country with the roses all around it? No, there is nothing permanent in this; there is no rest from the Universe. Change guarantees stability. Stability guarantees change.
Golden Dawn – Lord of Material Happiness
Cyclic change, a return to beginnings after a cycle is complete, orderly change. Enchantment, happiness.
Victory, Advantage, Success, Triumph, Difficulties surmounted.
Faults, Errors, Mistakes, Imperfections.
Etteilla: Nine of Cups
Victory, Success, Attainment, Advantage, Profit. Pomp, Triumph, Trophy, Pre-Eminence, Superiority. Spectacle, Pageantry, Paraphernalia.
Sincerity, Truth, Reality, Loyalty, Good Faith, Frankness, Artlessness, Candor, Romantic Overture, Unaffectedness. Liberty, Science, Freedom, Familiarity, Boldness, Ease, Dissoluteness.
Thierens: Nine of Cups
- Victory, success, advantage, gain, triumph, superiority, etc. “The heart’s content.” (W.) Reversed, the card seems even better: Sincerity, truth, loyalty, good faith, frankness, ingenuity, opening the heart, liberty, familiarity, etc. Concord, contentment, physical well-being
- Many of the addictions are very suggestive of the influence of the Water on the house of the heart, the Fifth; and we can only say, that they are fairly exact and to the point. The card must signify the realisation of hopes and wishes lying in one’s own power or destiny, making one enjoy the fulness of life, and adopting the philosophy of Epicurus. There is no evil in it. It shows goodness and a jovial disposition, not only contentment and happiness in one’s self, but also, owing to Leo-influence, the love of bestowing hospitality on other people and helping them.
- Happiness, contentment, the fulfilment of wishes, bestowing benefits, hospitality, the heart’s content,’ loyalty, liberality, the joy of life, love of children; concord, well-being; success, advantage, satisfaction, etc. Joviality.
P.S.–In the more profane branch of divination this card is called the ‘nine-months-card,’ owing to the belief that it means pregnancy and expectance of childbirth. The latter is significant of the fifth house, the former confirms our idea, that the cups have to do with months in time.
Paul Foster-Case – Desire fulfilled
Here the winged disk is stable in flight, and comes straight ahead, in contrast to the instability suggested by the four wings on the preceding card. This is the same as the Nine of Hearts, and is the traditional wish- card. It owes this significance to the original Tarot meanings.
Second decanate of Pisces, March 1st to 10th, under the rulership of the Moon.
Complete realization of desires; almost perfect pleasure and happiness; wishes fulfilled; physical well-being.
Vanity, conceit, egotism; foolish generosity; easily led; one spoilt by prosperity.