Nine of Cups Tarot Card Meanings 2018-01-21T08:23:31+00:00
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Nine of Cups Tarot Card
Meanings and Keywords:


Abundance and satisfaction.

Getting what you want.

Feeling proud of yourself.

A wish coming true. 

Living in luxury. Enjoying your life.

Having meaning and purpose.

Being on the path you desire.

Losing yourself in the moment.


Poor lifestyle choices.


Foolish generosity.

Symbolism in Nine of Cups tarot card

The nine cups in an arch symbolise abundance and satisfaction. The wooden bench symbolises being grounded. The man’s red hat symbolises his passion. The blue fabric symbolises health and tranquility. His yellow shoes symbolise that the path he is on is one of happiness, joy, and energy.

Nine of Cups tarot card and Astrology

Jupiter (Wheel of Fortune) in Pisces (Moon).

Nine of cups tarot card meanings upright

Nine of cups in a general reading

Nine of cups is the tarot card for getting what you want and having a wish come true. Nine of cups speaks of abundance and satisfaction, and also about being proud of what you have achieved. The dissatisfaction in the material world shown by Eight of cups is now gone as this card relishes in all the good things life has to offer; the foods, the drinks, and all its comfort and pleasure. There is real enjoyment in the material world, because the seeker fulfilled themselves spiritually in Eight of Cups, and has returned to the material world with a new sense of meaning and purpose.

Nine of cups in a love reading

In a love reading, Nine of cups tarot card speaks of getting what you want and feeling good about yourself. If the Seeker is single, Nine of cups can mean they are happily so. In a relationship, Nine of cups signifies a love that is deeply satisfying to the Seeker.

Nine of cups in a career reading

In a career reading, Nine of cups tarot card can speak of work the Seeker is immensely proud of. Nine of cups often signifies a proud business owner.

Nine of Cups as Feelings

Nine of cups speaks of feeling good about oneself. This is the card for having high self-esteeem and being ‘seen’ and appreciated by those around them. If you ask about how someone feels about you, nine of cups denotes the person feels you validate them in an important way. They feel you get them and that makes them feel good about themselves. This person most likey feels you are bringing joy to their lives.

Learn what Nine of cups tarot card means in the Grand tableau.

Personality types in Nine of Cups tarot card

Nine of cups indicates someone who is thoroughly enjoying their life. They love to celebrate and indulge, and they enjoy a life in excess. This is someone who has high self-esteem. They seem to always get what they want. They are quite worry-free people and find their life to be a magical and highly satisfying experience. They are very content and sensual people. Nine of cups people believe themselves to be very sexy and they think they bring the sexy out in others, which make them flamboyant. This is someone with all their ducks in a row and the best thing is that they earned it all by putting the effort in and investing in themselves. They like their life to look good, but they don’t stop there; it has to actually be good as well. They can get carried away in the moment and lose themselves in life’s pleasures. What is the secret behind the happiness in a Nine of cups person: They know it is little things in life that give the most satisfaction.

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Getting what you want

Nine of cups tarot card meanings reversed

Nine of Cups tarot card reversed indicates that the seeker is not going to get what they wish for. Family and friendships might be falling apart. There are disintegration and separation in Nine of cups reversed, often due to lifestyle choices. Over-indulgence in food, alcohol, and drugs are also indicated. Abundance is ruined by the foolish generosity and wasting/gambling. Happiness has been spilled out of the cups. Pleasure has turned to pain. The cups must be filled with what will make the seeker truly happy.

Personality types in reversed Nine of Cups tarot card

Nine of cups reversed people is someone who has problems with over-indulging and is living an empty life where pleasure has turned to pain.  This is someone who has unhealthy lifestyle habits. They are often obese and have issues with addictions. They can be hedonistic and easily deceived, at times even exploited, due to their lack of self-esteem. There is hardly any self-love. Nine of cups reversed people throw themselves into experiences that will distract them from growing character and substance. Their life might look good, but it certainly doesn’t feel good. This is someone who only has friends because they are so loose with their money. They don’t understand what real friendships and relationships are built upon. They have hardly any spiritual strength and are unhappy and insecure people, depending on money, materialism, and earthly pleasures as their only solitude.

Nine Of Cups Tarot Card Combinations

Some important tarot card combinations including Nine of cups:

9 of cups + The High Priestess: A successful business idea. 

9 of cups + The Hierophant: A performing arts company. 

9 of cups + Strength: A successful marriage. 

9 of cups + The Sun: A happy new relationship. 

9 of cups + Judgement: Career advancement. 

9 of cups + Ace of pentacles: The beauty industry. 

9 of cups + Two of pentacles: Having fun at work. 

9 of cups + Three of pentacles: Job satisfaction. 

9 of cups + Five of pentacles: A true friend. 

9 of cups + Page of pentacles: Pampering someone (or being pampered). 

9 of cups + Knight of pentacles: A successful career change. 

9 of cups + Queen of pentacles: Successful home business.

9 of cups + Ace of wands: A happy pregnancy. 

9 of cups + Three of wands: Freedom at work. 

9 of cups + Five of wands: A creative group. 

9 of cups + Nine of wands: Safeguarding your assets and business. Defending your career. 

9 of cups + Page of wands: Success in social media. 

9 of cups + Four of swords: A happy holiday. 

9 of cups + Seven of swords: Successful marketing. 

9 of cups + Eight of swords: Image orientation. Fashion. 

9 of cups + Page of swords: A smooth talker. 

9 of cups + King of cups: A high-ranking officer. 

9 of cups + Two of cups: A successful relationship. 

9 of cups + Five of cups: Getting out of a bad situation. 

9 of cups + Six of cups: A happy child. 

9 of cups + Ten of cups: A happy family. 

9 of cups + Page of cups: A successful interview, meeting, presentation or audition. 

Nine of cups tarot card meanings summary

Nine of cups tarot card meanings denote you are about to get what you want. This is the wish coming true card. It denotes emotional rewards in relation to something that means a lot to you. There is a true connection to your purpose and/or the people in your life when Nine of cups tarot card shows up. You might have taken a risk that paid off, or you put in the efforts a little at a time. Whatever the reason is for your happiness, you deserve the happy outcome.


  1. Neva April 1, 2017 at 4:06 am

    Dear Inger,

    I had an unexpected meeting with my ex. I was with my boyfriend, and he was with a girl (as far as i know, only a friend.) He was in my mind, the bittersweet memories came, when he suddenly appeared…
    It was uppsetting,so I made a spread. I’d like to ask your help with the interpretation:
    How did he feel, when he saw me? Ten of Cups reversed
    How did he feel,when he saw my boyfriend? Five of Cups
    another feelings: The Hanged Man, Ace of Swords reversed
    What kind of relationship does he have with that girl?
    Three of Swords reversed and Knight of Pents
    Why did we have to meet there and then? The Judgement

    The most important question:
    Expected future events,actions (if he will do anything at all):Page of Pents and Nine of Cups reversed

    And an advice for me: Ace of Wands reversed

    Whit a big Thanks and in advance:


  2. Inger Bråthen April 1, 2017 at 4:25 am

    Hi, Neva. Your cards indicate he could have been there on purpose so that you would see him with the girl to try and make you jealous. He is waiting for you to say and do something as he doesn’t want to do it himself. He might keep doing this to try and make you jealous. If you love your new boyfriend, you must make a clear cut, or you could be dragged into more drama with your ex. 🙂

  3. Renisha June 18, 2017 at 2:19 am

    I ask how does a ex feel about me in a relationship spread.
    I drew
    partner 1 emotional needs= 4 of wands
    Partner 2 emotional needs= 9 of cups
    P1 way of creating change= 10 of wands
    P2 “”= Strength
    P1 intellectual needs= king of wands
    P2 intellectual needs= 5 ofswords
    emotional issues= 5 of wands
    goals for the relationship= Queen of swords
    wisdom gained by loving each other = highest priestess
    how to invite romance- king of pentacles
    theme of relationship do the right thing

  4. Inger Bråthen June 18, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    Hi, have you tried the how does he feel about me tarot spread. It is much easier to interpret. Here is the link:

  5. Maya September 24, 2017 at 6:14 am

    Hello, my ex and I broke up about two months ago and I have not been the same since. I have this fire inside of me to pursue him still and I am trying, but I feel it is not successful, yet I am still pursing. Awhile ago, I did a reading and asked if we were meant to be together and the final outcome was the Ten of Cups. Essentially, I interpreted it as we were, I just needed to be patient and give him space because I got the Temperance for the spiritual forces. I did research and it said that this card could also be a trick card as it could be possible it is just what I want, so I did another reading and asked if we would get a second chance. I ended up getting the final outcome as the nine of cups, while the present situation was six of wands, the past was seven of wands, hidden forces was the empress, events to come was Emperor, Spiritual forces was the knight of pentacles. If you could help me, that would be greatly appreciated because this situation needs to be addressed and I need to know whether I am doing the right thing in pursing him, but giving him space, or if I am just delusional and need to move on. Thank you.

  6. Inger Bråthen September 25, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    Hi. I feel you could get back together.

  7. Natalia Baker October 1, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    Please would someone help me to understand why I keep getting the Devil alongside the 9 of cups. I feel the Devil represents my soon-to-be ex-husband who is manipulative and cruel. Does the 9 of cups show that I will finally be free of him or that he is plotting something or obsessed? The other surrounding card today were Page of Swords and 7 of cups.

    Thanks so much

  8. Inger Bråthen October 1, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    He is most likely trying to confuse you and he could be spying on you since you get Page of swords. It could be online stalking since Page of swords is next to 7 of cups. Be strong and focus on your future. This youtube channel is a lifesaver when you are dealing with these types of abusive people:

  9. Ri November 4, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    I did a three card reading about how a guy feels about his and mine relation and the card that came out is two of pentacles,nine of cups and six of swords.what does it mean

  10. Lindsey Hall November 6, 2017 at 3:06 am

    Salutations. I did a loving kindness spread with 6 cards. The 5th card in the spread was how to be more compassionate to others, and I drew thee o of cups (R) . How to be more compassionate to myself was for card 4, and I drew 3 of wands.

  11. Inger Bråthen November 6, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    This card combination indicates he is happy about how things are moving along.

  12. Inger Bråthen November 6, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Hi. You are probably already very compassionate to others and maybe too forgiving when people are crossing a boundary with you. 🙂 I say this because only people who are very compassionate asks how to become More compassionate 🙂 Three of Cups reversed can mean you take it to heart when people are bitchy and it feels toxic to you on that low vibration. How you can be more compassionate to yourself, 3 of wands, means to focus on your future and make plans for your future. Draw in the things in your life that make you feel happy and know that you deserve to receive good in all ways. 🙂

  13. Helena Samu November 6, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    Dear Inger, what are the feelings for someone if the cards are: 10 of swords, queen of swords and 9 of cups? 9 of cups clarified by 7 of swods, knight of swords and page of swords. Thank you! HS

  14. Inger Bråthen November 11, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    When you get a lot of swords it often means the person escapes in their head a lot and is not that comfortable with their feelings. Queen of swords indicates this person has been very hurt and is, therefore, escaping in their head.

  15. Kaz June 8, 2018 at 8:10 am

    What do you mean by Image Orientation? For 9 cups + 8 swords, my question was about my love life and these two cards showed :/

  16. Ingie from TW June 10, 2018 at 7:57 am

    Hi. This card combination can mean the Seeker is very invested in what others think of them, which can weaken them in the sense that they could feel they have lost a part of their personality. Perhaps they don’t think they are good enough. In a love reading, the cards are telling you to be yourself. In a relationship, this card combination can mean the Seeker is a bit confused as to who they are within the relationship. Perhaps they feel they have lost some of their individuality. The Seeker needs to feel they can still be an individual in the relationship to be happy. 🙂

  17. Gzen June 14, 2018 at 1:11 am

    Hi! I did a 3 cards spread for my love life (1st card is “what am i focusing on right now”, 2nd is “what should I be focusing on instead to get where I want” and 3rd is outcome) and got 3 of swords/Strength/9 of cups. Could this be interpreted as letting go of what i can’t control and focus on what i can control to get the results i want? it seems very generic advice… your take?

  18. Ingie from TW June 17, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    Hi Gzen. Strength means you have a deep passion in your life that will also lead to love. 9 of cups means you will have your wish fulfilled.

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