What do we live for, if not to make the world less difficult for each other?
~ George Eliot
As we enter this delicate cusp that is the turning of the seasons, with Equinox only two weeks away, we are visited by our jolly old friend, the Nine of Cups.
The Nines of the Tarot are about completion, and with the Cups, of course, we are talking about love, healing, dreams, and emotional satisfaction.
It is no coincidence, I think, that here in the Northern Hemisphere we are saying our last farewells to the Winter of 2012-2013, and our friends below the Equator are traveling through their Summertime’s ending.
Nine is a very magical number in many traditions, and of all the single digit numbers, it may be the most profound.
Composed of three trinities (3 times 3), it represents the principles of the sacred Triad taken to their utmost expression. And in the base 10 system, where all numbers are represented by ten distinct forms (0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9), nine is the final number.
As such, it becomes a limit, a bound, or the ultimate attainment. Nine is, in fact, a threshold number that is strongly connected with creativity and fate. It is often associated with leadership, initiation, and mysteries.
What might this mean for you?
The Nine of Cups can be seen as the fulfillment of the quest for the missing Cup related to the preceding Eight. What deeply emotional journey might you now be completing or celebrating this week?
What dream or heart’s longing is now within your grasp? Perhaps the final hurdle is only for you to name your wish, for indeed, this card is traditionally known as the Wishing Card.
Waite himself describes it as concord, contentment, and the celebration of a happy future. It is also frequently associated with a joyful childbirth.
What wishes can you grant this week? How might you be the benevolent figure who offers his sumptuous refreshment and welcome?
Be careful not to become smug over your good fortune. Beware of over-indulgence or complacency. It is especially important that your enjoyment be inclusive and magnanimous. Be sure to share, and set a place at your bountiful table for those less fortunate.
Give thanks. Savor and appreciate the pleasures that are bestowed so generously this week.
And give back. This is your opportunity to share the great gift of the understanding heart, which offers kindness, making light the world for others.