Nine of Cups Tarot Card Meaning

Tarot, like astrology, has long been one of our favorite divination systems. Interpreting either takes practice. As you learn, we wanted to help you to quickly connect to the cards and use them in ways that are actionable and practical in every area of life. xoxo, Tali & Ophira

Co-authored by James Kerti

What does the Nine of Cups tarot card mean?

The Nine of Cups is about achieving your goals after a long journey. Following the hardships of the past, this minor arcana card is about true wish fulfillment.

This card represents that moment at the top of the mountain when you can pause, let out a long breath, and take in everything that you’ve accomplished. You’ve made it.

As this card is of the Cups, it’s focused on the emotional experience of your dreams coming true. While you may have the outer trappings of success, too, the Nine of Cups is about the level of contentment and appreciation you will feel. Although it can be tempting to move right on to the next thing, this card encourages you to enjoy and celebrate where you are right now.

What is the Nine of Cups zodiac sign?

The zodiac sign of the Nine of Cups is Pisces

Nine of Cups Tarot Guide

Keywords for the Nine of Cups: fulfillment, contentment, achievement, wishes coming true, happiness

Yes or No: Yes

Planet of the Nine of Cups: Neptune

Element of the Nine of Cups: Water

What does the Nine of Cups card mean in a love reading?

If you’re in a relationship, the Nine of Cups is a positive sign. It lets you know that you’ve built something real here, and you can trust in its safety. Let yourself feel all the passion, trust and sensuality that is present.

Have you been thinking about taking the next step? This minor arcana card is a great omen for it. (But let yourself enjoy the present while you’re at it!)

For single people looking to meet someone special, this card tells you that you’re in a great place for attracting a dreamy mate. While you may have gone through disappointment and heartbreak in the past, you’ve done the work to heal and make yourself ready for the connection you’ve been visualizing. It’s time for you to put yourself out there and be open to meeting more people. The positive energy that you inhabit will make you magnetic!

What does the Nine of Cups tarot card mean for career, money and finance?

The Nine of Cups is a great signal for your career status.

When you see this card, it’s likely that you’re not only on top of things at work, but that you are primed to achieve what you put your mind to next. If you’ve been dreaming about a promotion, raise or new contract, the Nine of Cups cheers you on.

And even better: the Nine of Cups is an amazing omen of a supportive work environment. With this card’s presence here, you will probably be feeling a tremendous amount of rapport with colleagues and appreciation from all sides.

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What does the Nine of Cups tarot card mean for health?

In a health reading, the Nine of Cups is a generally positive sign. Whether you’ve been recovering from recent issues or have been enjoying good health, it’s a sign that things will be in a good place.

As this card has a strong emotional component (like other Cups), be sure to practice gratitude for the positive aspects of your health. The more you can fill yourself up with an appreciation for it, the easier it will be to continue living healthy practices.

Nine of Cups Tarot Card in Reverse Meaning

It can be disappointing to see the Nine of Cards present itself in a reversed position. Here, it represents the feeling of unmet expectations.

Because the Cups are concerned with emotional experiences, the Nine of Cards in reverse doesn’t necessarily mean that you won’t accomplish what you set out to do, or that your wishes won’t be granted.

But this card’s appearance in this manner might mean that you won’t feel content even if you do get what you thought you wanted.

Whether or not things worked out the way you wanted, the Nine of Cups in reverse encourages you to reconnect with what you truly desire. Look for opportunities to practice gratitude in areas of your life that already make you feel that way. It’s one of the best ways to make yourself a magnet for more things that carry that feeling.

Is the Nine of Cups tarot card a yes or no?

With its message of wish fulfillment, the Nine of Cups is a big yes in a yes or no reading. 

What does the Suit of Cups mean?

Cups are associated with water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces), which rule emotions and connection. Water signs carry a romantic, artistic, and intuitive energy, and people with those signs love to create and connect.

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