Inspiring Enchantment & Illumination with Tarot & Intuitive Guidance

Tarot Card of the Week – Dec. 31 – Jan. 6, 2008

Nine of Cups

Be content with what you are, and wish not change;
nor dread your last day, nor long for it.

— Marcus Aurelius

What an interesting card for carrying us across the threshold of the New Year. The nines of the Tarot are about completion, and so we bid farewell this week to the year 2007. And this card is also traditionally known as the Wishing Card. So as we end the old year and begin the new, we are invited to make a wish.

What is your heart’s desire? “Where intention goes, energy flows,” according to the old magical saying. Consider well your intentions for the days ahead.

It is exactly towards this end that the celebrations of the New Year are steeped in lore and rituals. In order to bring about prosperity, health, and happiness, as well as to ward away bad luck, we eat Hoppin’ John, we wear special clothes, we toast the Auld Lang Syne and ring in the new. All for the granting of our wishes for the coming year. Thus, it seems the Tarot has blessed us in this timing.

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. It is, in fact, a threshold number that is traditionally a number strongly connected with creativity and fate. It is often associated with leadership, initiation, and mysteries.

With the Cups, of course, we are talking about emotional satisfaction, perhaps a dream fulfilled. Life is lush and benevolent for us now, with a sense of being joyfully connected to nature and abundance. Happiness smiles, and your table is full.

Be careful, however, not to become smug over your good fortune. Beware of over-indulgence or complacency. And it is especially important that your enjoyment be inclusive and generous. Be sure to invite all to share in your good fortune, and set a place at your bountiful table for those less fortunate.

Give thanks, and take the time to savor and appreciate the gifts that are bestowed so lavishly this week. They are a magical combination of your hard work and the gift of Grace.