To be able to look back upon one’s life in satisfaction, is to live twice.
After our dance with the Three last week, we are given the magical gift of three times three. With his enigmatic smile, the gatekeeper of the culmination of the Cups suit’s blessings welcomes us. Let us say hail and welcome to the Nine of Cups!
This card of contentment is traditionally known as the Wishing Card. So be sure to make a wish — or two! Or nine! — on the New Moon this Sunday.
What has your heart of hearts been seeking? For, as we see in the preceding Eight of Cups, this is a journey through Mystery, in search of a missing Cup. If your longing is authentic to your truest self, this is your chance for it to be granted to you.
You need only ask it of this seated gentleman.
Do you dare?
Initiation of the Heart
The nines of the Tarot are about completeness. Nine is a very magical number in many traditions, for it is often associated with leadership, initiation, and altruism. It is a threshold number reminding us to balance between idealism and realism, and is a number strongly associated with creativity and fate.
With the Cups, of course, we are talking about emotional satisfaction, perhaps a dream come true.
This card reminds me of the process of magickal initiation. After a period of study, practice, and preparation, which one might view as steps depicted in the previous cards, the initiatory rite itself begins with a challenger.
The challenger demands the name and intention of the seeker, and possibly asks other test questions.
Similarly, our Nine of Cups protector is all that sits between you and your fulfillment. But before you may move ahead, perhaps you must declare who you are and what you seek.
When you are deemed ready by your faith and intention to pass with his blessing, your wishes can be granted.
New Moon in Virgo
This week is mostly spent under the dying, balsamic Moon. Yet on Sunday, Lady Luna will be reborn anew in the sign of Virgo.
This is the only constellation of a human woman, and it is identified with a number of Goddesses (not just the simplistic notion of “virgin.”)
As researcher Deborah Houlding explains –
[Virgo has long been associated] with most of the main female deities: Ishtar, Innana [sic], Aphrodite, Ceres, Demeter, Astraea, Erigone, Isis; and in Christian symbolism, the Virgin Mary. The zodiac figure is generally depicted as a winged maiden holding a palm branch in her right hand and an ear of corn in her left…
As a benevolent giver of abundance, the Nine of Cups combining with the New Virgo Moon seems to promise that love, dreams, and healing are awakening in lush, magnanimous ways.
Who or what offers you great contentment and the realization of your most sincere longings? Happiness smiles, and your table is full.
This would be an auspicious time for a family reunion, hosting a gathering of beloved friends, or connecting with children, for your heart is especially open now.
Any challenges you may be experiencing at this time can be resolved. What does your intuition say? Let yourself know what you know!
Of course as I have noted many times, every Tarot card has aspects of light and shadow. Many readers perceive this husky figure’s expression to be a bit smug.
Thus, we must beware of over-indulgence or complacency. Let us remember to invite others to share in our happiness, and be sure that we set a place at our bountiful table for those who also seek the gifts of love’s healing.
Enter this doorway of new beginnings with a brimming spirit. Give thanks, and take the time to savor and appreciate the happy resolution that is offered to you.
It comes from a magical combination of your own searching as well as the generous gifts of Grace.