Nine of Cups – Tarot Love Relationship Outcome & Reversed


Nine of Cups - Tarot Love Relationship Outcome & Reversed

Nine of Cups – Love and Relationship Outcome

The Nine of Cups in a Tarot reading is about achieving not just victory and success but that of a state of physical well being bring about a feeling of all round contentment. It may show the end of a long struggle in which you have achieved your wishes and desires and have shaped your own destiny from which you can show generosity towards others, clearly a good sign with regard to attracting and maintaining relationships.

In the reversed position it can show that you have been spoilt by your gains, it has gone to your head and not sure what to do with them, you could be taken advantage of.

Nine of Cups – As a Person, Outcome and Feelings

Happiness, contentment, the fulfilment of wishes, bestowing benefits, hospitality, the heart’s content,’ loyalty, liberality, the joy of life, love of children; concord, well-being; success, advantage, satisfaction, etc. Joviality. P.S.–In the more profane branch of divination this card is called the ‘nine-months-card,’ owing to the belief that it means pregnancy and expectance of childbirth. The latter is significant of the fifth house, the former confirms our idea, that the cups have to do with months in time. A. E. Thierens, [1930]

Nine of Cups

Pictorial Key to the Tarot – Rider-Waite-Smith
By A.E. Waite (1911), tarot card illustrations by Pamela Colman Smith (1911)


A goodly personage has feasted to his heart’s content, and abundant refreshment of wine is on the arched counter behind him, seeming to indicate that the future is also assured. The picture offers the material side only, but there are other aspects.

Meanings Nine of Cups in a Reading

Concord, contentment, physical bien-être; also victory, success, advantage; satisfaction for the Querent or person for whom the consultation is made.

Nine of Cups – Reversed

Truth, loyalty, liberty; but the readings vary and include mistakes, imperfections, etc.

Additional Divinatory Meanings
Of good augury for military men.

Additional Meanings – Reversed
Good business.

The Tarot

By S. L. MacGregor Mathers, c 1888

Nine of Cups

Divinatory Meanings
Nine of Cups – Victory, Advantage, Success, Triumph, Difficulties surmounted.

Divinatory Meanings – Reversed
Faults, Errors, Mistakes, Imperfections.

General Book of the Tarot

By A. E. Thierens, [1930]

Nine of Cups

Victory, success, advantage, gain, triumph, superiority, etc. “The heart’s content.” (Waite) Reversed, the card seems even better: Sincerity, truth, loyalty, good faith, frankness, ingenuity, opening the heart, liberty, familiarity, etc. Concord, contentment, physical well-being.

Many of the addictions are very suggestive of the influence of the Water on the house of the heart, the Fifth; and we can only say, that they are fairly exact and to the point. The card must signify the realisation of hopes and wishes lying in one’s own power or destiny, making one enjoy the fulness of life, and adopting the philosophy of Epicurus. There is no evil in it. It shows goodness and a jovial disposition, not only contentment and happiness in one’s self, but also, owing to Leo-influence, the love of bestowing hospitality on other people and helping them.

The Oracle of the Tarot – Exoteric Tarot

By Paul Foster Case (1933)

Nine of Cups
Here the winged disk is stable in flight, and comes straight ahead, in contrast to the instability suggested by the four wings on the preceding card. This is the same as the Nine of Hearts, and is the traditional wish-card. It owes this significance to the original Tarot meanings.

Time period
Second decanate of Pisces, March 1st to 10th, under the rulership of the Moon.

Complete realization of desires; almost perfect pleasure and happiness; wishes fulfilled; physical well-being.

Vanity, conceit, egotism; foolish generosity; easily led; one spoilt by prosperity.

Desire fulfilled.

Further reading

More information on the Nine of Cups Tarot card.