What does the nine of cups tarot card mean?

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The nine of cups is part of the Minor Arcana deck of tarot cards and is part of the Cups suit.

Keywords: Satisfaction, pleasure, fun, comfort


Nines in the Tarot revolve around the final stage of a plan or a cycle. You’re nearing the finish line, and have just a few things you need to do before whatever situation you are currently in comes to completion.

There is usually one final challenge you need to face before you can finish, but once you’ve done this, it’s time to relax and enjoy the feeling of satisfaction after a job well done.

This card symbolises feelings of fulfillment in the different areas of life, from your health to relationships to your career. Drawing this card suggests that the difficult times of the past are over, and now it’s time to simply sit back and enjoy life as it is going pretty well for you, and will only get better in the near future.

Reverse Keywords: Vanity, complacency, carelessness, greed

Reverse Meaning

As the Nine of Cups is a card of happiness and satisfaction, logically it follows that the reverse symbolises disappointment in unmet expectations or goals not reached.

You may have been aiming too high with unrealistic expectations of a situation, and are feeling let down by the results.

You are feeling unfulfilled and dissatisfied by situations in your life, and are craving more.

You may have been overconfident and complacent, expecting things to fall into place with little to no effort. It’s time to reflect on where things went wrong, and what steps you can take to make things right.

Other Minor Arcana Cards (in the Cups suit)