Let it be – Nine of Cups

On holiday last week, the Nine of Cups surprised me by turning up in a reading as the ‘souvenir’ I would be taking home (you can read the full reading here) but, as sun-blasted Catalan days crept by its meaning has gradually emerged.

I was using the Wild Unknown Tarot – this Nine of Cups shows a simple circle of cups overlaid on purplish-blue colours, a crescent moon in the 12.00 position. It’s simple, tranquil, intriquing.

Nine of Cups Wild Unknown Tarot
Nine of Cups Wild Unknown Tarot

Let go of the idea of perfection – the Ten of Cups I was encouraged not to pack. Let it be. Let direction change. Stop struggling to complete the circle…the tenth cup will appear in time, but only if I stop trying. For now, it is the moon – it is intuition, shadow, subconscious and dream. It is the same crescent moon as the High Priestess…and the same blue-purple colours in her crystal ball.

High Priestess tarot card Wild Unknown Tarot
High Priestess tarot card Wild Unknown Tarot

The High Priestess contains these colours – she accesses her intuition actively, holding the keys to that inner wisdom we all have deep down inside us. Here in the humble Nine of Cups, they are the backdrop. This card asks me to appreciate that things are fine as they are, there is no need to worry, no need to strive for ‘completion’, ‘fulfilment’. Let my intuition guide me, let the tenth cup emerge in its own time. Let the circle complete itself, through simply being me.

This sits nicely with my previous ideas I’ve worked with:

Just a simple good time

Embrace passivity and allow a sense of contentment to take over, rather than seeking perfection.

The wish card

What do you wish for? How hard are you wishing? Make a wish…then let it be. Let your wishes be granted. Perhaps what you think you are wishing for is not what you really need deep down?

Covering something up

The Nine of Cups often suggested to me that I or my the querent were ignoring a crucial element in our situation. A sense of ‘this is good enough, let’s not worry about the imperfections’. Here, the crescent moon asks us to allow space for this to emerge. If something’s not right, it will make itself known, through intuition and dreams.

It’s funny how nines are interpreted so often as ‘the one before ten’ – nine wands are tiring before total burnout in the ten, nine pentacles of strength and hard work before landing the dream job/home/etc, nine nightmare swords before a theatrical ‘suicide’. Here in the cups, the moment you stop trying is what ultimately allows the emotional fulfilment of the ten to occur. Like a person searching so hard for love, the moment you stop desperately seeking ‘the one’ is the moment someone special walks into your life.

So as a souvenir from my strange and wonderful holiday, an energy to bring home with me, the Nine of Cups says ‘relax’. It says, as did the other cards in that reading, ‘you are in a process. Things are changing. You cannot force them.’

Let them be. Let them change. Quiet my mind and tune in to a deeper source of knowledge. Let – don’t make – the circle complete itself.

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4 comments

  1. Ellen says:

    I remember how we used to blow dandelion seeds in the wind with our wishes. Just make a wish and let it go.
    I am glad you had such a wonderful holiday :)

  2. Marianne says:

    I. LOVE. THIS. Seriously! Thanks for sharing it. My card for July was the Nine of Cups, and this post has given me so much more insight into its meaning for me. I used the Wildwood for my draw this month, which calls the Nine of Vessels “Generosity”. For me, your words here reflect another aspect of that generosity, which is how much we unwittingly receive when we shift our focus away from desiring to receive, and instead release desire altogether – effectively, we give it away. Phew. Breakthrough moment! Thank you!

    • Marianne says:

      Ok, you know what’s really whacky? I’m also on a bit of a holiday, with a couple of weeks off my day job to spend at home chillaxing, and like you, I am battling with my impulse to STRIVE to have an amazing, relaxing time. Totally counter productive! After I read this post, I decided to pull some cards to see what I can do to move past this and actually enjoy my time off, and who should appear but the Nine of Cups, again? I get it universe, I get it!

  3. S says:

    Hello there – I’m just a ‘random’ stopper-by after googling ‘nine of cups yearly reading’, but wanted to comment to thank you for your insights on this card!
    I drew ‘9 of cups’ from the Shadowscapes deck for my overall 2016 card (just a single card reading), and after reading so many interpretations about wish fulfillment etc, it didn’t quite sit well with me (just didn’t feel spot on).
    I’ve spent 11 months intensively ‘trying’ to push my job/career in a new direction, being so proactive literally (interviewing and being offered 3 new jobs over 4 months, none of which felt right so declining them all, then finding one I thought I wanted recently, and it being the only one I didn’t get!), mentally (delving into new and old texts on spirituality, manifesting, all sorts of career advice, exploring further education in several fields etc.), spiritually (bringing back a regular meditation practice and sticking to it), physically (meeting with several people in my networks to discuss their careers and current roles and if I would be suitable for / enjoy moving in any of those directions, interviewing, making calls etc.) … just poured SO much into this endeavour.

    I’m currently working through a brilliant online program and continuing a meditation course around soul purpose, but I’m still unclear as to the path ahead, and somewhat exhausted by putting so much work into it for nearly a year with seemingly no ‘outcome’ (but lots of learning) – not feeling ‘met’ by the universe given my really clear efforts.
    So given Nine of Cups appeared as my overall 2016 card, ‘wish fulfillment’ didn’t quite seem right as I don’t have a clear wish or direction.

    So, the following words of yours really struck a chord, so I wanted to extend sincere thanks for sharing this!
    “the Nine of Cups says ‘relax’. It says, as did the other cards in that reading, ‘you are in a process. Things are changing. You cannot force them.’

    Let them be. Let them change. Quiet my mind and tune in to a deeper source of knowledge. Let – don’t make – the circle complete itself.”

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