I’ve written interpretations for every card in the Wild Unknown Tarot. As the box of the deck states, there are no rights or wrongs. These are simply my perspectives on the tarot card meanings. I hope you find them useful!
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Nine of Cups :: Wild Unknown Tarot
Creator’s keywords: bliss, wishes granted
Carrie’s keywords: desire, gratitude
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Nine of Cups Tarot Card Meanings in the Wild Unknown
This is one of the most colorful cards in this deck. It brings to mind a sunset with the gorgeous shades of pink, purple, blue and green. The more bold colors (orange, red and yellow) are absent from this card. The chosen colors are strategic – all of these colors evoke feelings of comfort, peace, and happiness.
The horizontal lines show a stable, calm energy. There are no turbulent waters here. Things seem tranquil – maybe even to the point of feeling a bit stagnant! This is a card of enjoying the things that make you feel good – a nice meal, beautiful music. It’s a card of indulgence. Let yourself feel pleasure, and be grateful for that feeling!
The crescent moon hanging in the distance reminds me that it is important to feel good NOW, not hinge our positive emotions on reaching some far away goal or distant state. Life is happening around us every moment, and we can generate the feelings we desire in big ways and small every day.
Nine of Cups Tarot Card Meanings in General
The Waite-Smith tarot version shows a man sitting in front of a horseshoe shaped table. Nine cups are lined up on the table, and the man looks quite satisfied indeed with this gathering of his cups. His body posture is wide and relaxed, suggesting he allows himself to enjoy what he’s got.
I associate the Nine of Cups with the sometimes paradoxical concepts of gratitude and desire. These energies can seem at odds, but in truth they are partners. It is natural to crave more, to desire what is not yet manifest in your experience. But in order for this desire to be spiritual and not just superficial, it must be coupled with gratitude. As the common saying goes, if you are not grateful for what you have now you will never have more.
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This card can serve as a reminder to let yourself really enjoy the abundant pleasures in your life. Even things that seem simple, like a bowl of cereal and a roof over your head – can seem like ultimate luxuries if you have the right perspective. Feeling gratitude is essential.
There’s also an interesting balance at work in this card. On one hand, it is always a good idea to appreciate the luxuries we already have, but on the other hand, we don’t want to become too complacent. It’s good to continue to stretch ourselves and expand our horizons even when we are perfectly content where we are now.