The Tarot of the Old Path displays a feasting of jolly friends. The 9 of Cauldrons, is of the element water, and this is shown in the blue clothing, the Cauldrons and the three drops of water that are exiting the drinking cup. The tri-form pattern on his rich clothing also implies Maid, Mother and Crone.
Seven Cauldrons are scattered about the feasting table, one in his had, and the female companion is drinking from number nine while she is talking to him.
Obviously, this card implies a gathering of friends, feasting, and enjoying each others company.
The Primary message of this card seems to be revealing in the good life and possessing a good natured and liberal character.
THOTH DECK 9 OF CUPS-HAPPINESS
Those who have been reading my blogs, know by now that Yesod, the ninth Sephiroth, is the Foundation of all manifested forms and forces on Malthus-the physical plane.
The Nines, generally show very great fundamental force because they rest on the Firm Foundational Base of Yesod.
Now this is pure power, so that means it can be used negatively or positively, depending on the perspective of the user. Discrimination is the Key here.
THE NINE OF CUPS-Lord of Material Happiness, is Jupiter in Pisces. The Angels of the Decan are Saliah and Asriel.
[illustration of the 4 worlds from the book: THE QABALISTIC TAROT by Robert Wang]
The Nine of Cups is Yesod in Briah, influencing the Material World. Here, the benevolence of Jupiter, effects happiness and satisfaction in the Earth plane (Malkuth), by functioning through the Water of Pisces.
This is a card of sensuality and pleasure, more mystical than convention allows and less stable than the Ten, but is now flowing and reaching towards the mystical states of ecstasy. Here, sensual pleasure, may be felt as a religious experience. as the influence of Jupiter is strong in the passive, receptive and somewhat psychic character of Pisces. Jupiter in Pisces also indicates pleasant travel by water and brings good fortune through occupations governed by Neptune.
The personality inclination here is a tendency for kindness, quiet and unassuming, with an unambitious approach to life. If the planet is well dignified, there may be a more ambitious approach to occupation.
The Square arrangement of the Cups, overflowing into one another, suggests Chesed-Jupiter and the perfection of Water force, a dreamy current of Consciousness which is also reinforced by Yesod-9, being the number of the Moon. Pisces brings out the most Placid form of Water ( consciousness), so this card is a Happiness well-spring that floods into our normal state of consciousness. The recipient of this Happiness, really doesn't ponder a reason to be happy, for their own consciousness has not reasoned it out as a logical way to be.....they "just are" and they feel "good all over".
So when the Nine of Cauldrons or Cups-Happiness, is thrown during a reading: