Number 9, is the Sephira Yesod [foundation] on the Qabalistic Tree of Life. The 9 of Cups, is Yesod in the Suit of water, and 9, being also the number of the Moon, strengthens Water. Thus the stability is restored to Water. After its wobbly exclusions to Hod (8-left hand path or pillar) to Netzach (7-right hand path or pillar), the suit of Water has now returned to the Middle Pillar.
Astrologically Jupiter in Pisces is the Ruler of the 9 of Cups, thus adding a benediction that is more than sympathetic to Water. This is obvious, since Jupiter is the Planet of Chesed [Mercy} where water is in it highest manifestation. Plus, Pisces brings out the placidity of Water. Therefore, the 9 of Cups is True Wisdom fulfilled in Perfect Happiness.
As you can see upon viewing of the Thoth card, there are 9 cups arranged into a square, representing Chesed-Jupiter, overflowing and filling one another implying we have the most benevolent aspect of the force of Water;a pleasing state of stable and sparkling emotion.
The Legends Tarot- Nine of Cups illustrates the more mundane meaning of The Lord of Material Happiness. The Wolf-Moon-Dog figure is enjoying his complete success as a full moon and fulfillment of wishes . The blue color of the card and the Moon represents the element of water.The Silver Chalice, with central moon-stone with surround crescents, also represents the ruling goddess of the water element. The nine wolf sigils, represent the cards nine cups. There is nothing else to this card to explain its representation.
In Qabalah, the number 9 is also the number of completion. Happiness, is a sensationalizing of success and it's natural bonhomie is a hard one to find any negative connotations for. This is a pleasant card to have in your reading. However, in a Celtic Cross reading, it could be the first card description of the querent crossed by a negative card, such as the 5 or 7 of cups which would suggest why the querent isn't enjoying happiness. Otherwise, be happy!
When the 9 of Cups card is thrown during a divination, the querent is or will be experiencing:
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