In the Thoth Tarot of the Hermetic Qabalah, the four 9's are attributed to the 9th-Sephiroth,Yesod (Foundation), and after the double incursion into misfortune the energy current has returned to the middle pillar. Balance is restored and energy has crystallized to form the foundation of all things. Yesod is in direct line with Tiphareth (Beauty-the Christ/Sun Sephiroth) so it has a direct line of succession and manifests the full force of the element. Zoroaster/Zarathushtra said," The number nine is sacred, and attains the summit of perfection".
For those who don't know whom Zoroaster was:
Zoroaster, also known as Zarathushtra
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Zarathushtra Spitama or Ashu Zarathushtra, was the founder of
Zoroastrianism. He was a native speaker of Old Avestan and lived in the eastern part of the Iranian Plateau, but his birthplace is uncertain. Zoroastrianism was the official religion of Persia (Modern
Iran) and its distant subdivisions from 600 BCE to 650 CE. Zoroaster is traditionally dated from 628 to 551 BCE, and he is dated by scholars as a contemporary or near-contemporary of Cyrus the Great.
The religion named after him is not attested to historically until the 5th century BCE, where it appears in Greek sources. He is credited with the authorship of the Yasna Haptanghaiti as well as the Gathas, hymns which are at the liturgical core of Zoroastrian thinking. Most of his life is known through the Zoroastrian texts.
The Thoth 9 of Cups is called-HAPPINESS and is ruled by Jupiter, a planetary vibration that is known as good fortune. The Word-Happiness implies luck; However, Jupiter is in Pisces as the 3 of Cups, a watery sign, which is based more on a certain element of illusion. Like the illusion of Romantic Love, it is more like a "dream within a dream". Hence, being ruled by Jupiter does bring good fortune here, but it is based more on satiety stating that the fullest satisfaction begins the next change that is putrefaction, which brings stability to motion.
Absolute rest is an illusion. For instance, the #2 would simulate absolute rest, as it is a balance between dual polarities. As male/female, there is no relationship without Love. Therefore, for any motion to begin the Divine Creative must become a Trinity; The I Am duality must become a Me. To do this, a relationship must be established between the duality. Hence, Understanding (the 3rd Sephiroth on the Tree of Life) becomes the force of relationship, (it is the foundation of Love) that establishes the 3rd point of a triangle. Now, motion happens in Energy (E-Motion) as 3 join to become diversity. Since, the Supernal Triangle, the "first relationship" between the Divine Feminine (Will to Form) and the Divine Masculine (Will to Force), produces a third party, "will to be", all the rest of the Trinities of the Tree of Life, are copies and/or Simulations of the Original 3 (3 trinities = 9 beings).
Both the Thoth and Wild Wood Tarot card represent contentment and satisfaction. Therefore, the 9 of cups or Nine of Vessels, are a card of great blessings, emotional fulfillment, generosity and overflowing happiness as the will and imagination fuse into flowing creativity.
The Thoth card and the Nine of Vessels states that happiness is being experienced internally (three vertical cups symbolize body, mind and spirit) and externally (three horizontal cups represent body, mind and spirit externally). The Wild Wood Tarot, shows this internal happiness as radiating Spiritual Energy, basically from the large central glowing Vessel which would be the Root Chakra. Here, the electromagnetic universe is in perfect expression and reception. The Spiritual Cauldron of regeneration is open to the generous of heart.
On the Thoth 9 of Cups, open lotus blossoms are the symbol of open spiritual awareness, internal happiness and the pewter cups on this card, represent the body whose happiness is overflowing.
As stated:The astrological symbol of this card is Jupiter in Pisces . Jupiter is the planetary symbol of luck, opportunity, and growth. Pisces is the astrological sign of fluidity and fullness.
This is total happiness that flows through Spirit, Mind and Body.
However, in a universe where "Change guarantees stability, Stability guarantees change." Hence, this is not permanent happiness, so my advise is to fearlessly enjoy fully the moment of great happiness and know that it is but a flowing moment that is to be experienced in the now. Happiness is a momentary stability caused by a inner and outer harmonic union; However that will change. But it doesn't mean drastic emotional swings, rather a movement towards other creative endeavors and the various feelings new uncharted ground brings; which is a positive! Especially so, since we know we can experience deep emotional contentment and happiness by our ability to complete new endeavors. When change and stability reach a balance both internally and externally, we experience a deep contentment, happiness and a joyful motion.
This is the Astral Plane Foundation of astral fluids, often called "liquid light", which when given a thought, form boundaries that crystallize light into material forms on the Earth plane. This places the suit of Water back onto the Middle Pillar rather than the Left pillar of Hod and the right pillar of Netzach. Balance is now restored to the Emotions in the form of Harmony rather than previous discord.
Nine is also the number of the Moon who rules Water and thus strengthens the idea of Water/emotion/consciousness. Energy-in-Motion (emotion) flows as water therefore, cups is called the suit of Water which governs emotions and self-consciousness.
Since, the planetary ruler of this card's vibration is Jupiter in the house of Pisces, the 9 of Cups is a definite benediction, for Jupiter is the Planet of Chesed (Mercy) which represents the suit of Water in its highest material manifestation. Pisces brings out the placid qualities of water, so happiness is a balanced weaving of Planetary, emotional, and mental forces in actuality rather than potential.
The Thoth 9 of Cups has 9 cups arranged in a square, there are 9 cups arranged into a square which is face of a cube, a 6 sided figure, allowing the overflowing and filling of one another -3 into 3, into 3, each overflowing with healthy moving water and forming 9. This is the most complete and beneficent aspect of the Force of Water as True Wisdom self-fulfilled in Perfect Happiness. The assembly of cups in the Wild Wood Tarot, also represent a true wisdom, self fulfilled in Perfect Happiness.
Here we have the most benevolent aspect of the force of Water....a pleasing state of stable and sparkling emotion, also called the "Buddha or Christ Consciousness".
In the Thoth Tarot of the Hermetic Qabalah, number 9, is the Sephira Yesod [foundation] on the Qabalistic Tree of Life and is the summit of perfection of its suit. The 9 of Cups, is Yesod in the Suit of water, and 9, being also the number of the Moon, strengthens Water. As previously stated, the stability is restored to Water. After its wobbly exclusions to Hod (left hand path) to Netzach (right hand path) , the suit of Water has now returned to the Middle Pillar.
When the Nine of Vessels or Thoth 9 of Cups, card is thrown during a reading:
If ill defined by the accompanying cards:
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