The Nine of Cups is represented by the Scorpio decanate of Pisces, and the key phrase for this card is HOPES WILL BE REALIZED.  In the tradition of Tarot, this card is often called the Wish Card, meaning that your wishes will come true if it should appear in a spread.  Some of the other mundane interpretations for this card are:


Passion supplanted by exalted love

A love of humanity

Search for Domestic Harmony

Strong desire for affection

Wisdom in the affairs of the heart

Change in domestic affairs


The astrological key word for the Nine of Cups is VACISSITUDES. This is a word hardly used anymore meaning Change, Alternating change, Mutation.               


This is the last decanate in the zodiac and is pictured in the heavens by the constellation of Cassiopeia, a Queen seated on her throne.  This Queen is the subject of two very different stories.  The Cassiopeia story that pertains to this card is that she gave her children a ram that bore the Golden Fleece and carried them to heaven.  We find, therefore, that those born under this decanate have eventful lives and may enter and succeed in a variety of careers.  As the last decanate of the zodiac, it tends to restate or summarize events and conditions we expect to find in all the other decanates, thus, the changes, mutations, or alternations.


To understand the spiritual message of the Nine of Cups, it is wise to focus on the Scorpio aspect of this card.  Scorpio rules the Eighth House of the Afterlife.  It is during the season of Scorpio that we celebrate Halloween, the time when the veil separating the physical and spiritual plane is at its most permeable.  The Scorpio decanate of Pisces marks the end of the zodiac and the completion of one full zodiacal cycle before transitioning into a new cycle.  This decanate also represents the highest and lowest astral spheres, a reflection of the eagle and the scorpion.


Cassiopeia, sitting at the end of the zodiac, removes a cloak that represents the physical body.  I her other hand, she holds a branch from the Tree of Life, symbolizing uplifting spiritual conditions.


After the soul leaves the physical body, it experiences the effect of the astral circuit that has been established.  This circuit may become like Andromeda’s shackle if attachments to the material world are too strong, or the circuit may become like the branch of the Tree of Life and uplifting spiritual conditions if the circuit is generated by tender love and unselfish affection.  The spiritual message of the Nine of Cups is:  Man may pass from this life to the next, even through death, with no greater break in his affairs than would be occasioned by leaving his acquaintances in one city and taking up his activities in another city amid a different group of friends.  __C.C. Zain (Spiritual Astrology)


In other words, the afterlife is similar to the one we lead now because we will be attracted to those with similar rates of vibration.


Even though this is the last decanate in the zodiac, there are still two remaining decanates to cover in this series —  The Nine of Coins and the Nine of Swords — before moving on to the Tens of Egyptian Tarot.


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About letstalktarot

Allyn McCray began reading Tarot in 1971 after discovering a deck in an occult shop in San Francisco, California. In 1999, the American Tarot Association recognized her as a Certified Tarot Reader. During her experience as an Internet reader between 2000 and 2002, Allyn’s readings were regularly featured on the websites, Psychicnut and Roadtalk. In 2002, Allyn joined The Church of Light, aka Light.Org, a non-profit international school of esoteric studies, where she is now a Hermetician, Certified Teacher, and Minister. Allyn also serves as the Communications Director of The Church of Light and is a Section Advisor in The Order of the Sphinx.
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