I've been getting back into the habit of drawing a card once a week, as a kind of barometer and meditative aid. It hasn't been something I've posted about, but I might start -- it's helpful to write these things down, and, if my experience can be helpful for someone else, it's worth the tiny effort of posting.
This week, I drew the Nine of Cups!
[caption id="attachment_4056" align="aligncenter" width="514"] From the Animalis os Fortuna deck.[/caption]
The Nine of Cups is a very positive, uplifting card. The little stingray sits contentedly, surrounded by the bubbling cups. It is comfortable and happy. The Nine of Cups signifies re-connecting to the things around you that allow you to feel contentment and enjoyment, no matter how hard the road has been. It is comfort, happiness, and the fulfillment of desire.
This card represents more than wealth and the manifestation of material desires, though. The suit of Coins or Pentacles has much to do with material prosperity, but Cups speaks to a more emotional and spiritual meaning. In the rider Waite tarot, the Nine of Cups card portrays a well-dressed man sitting in front of an arch of golden goblets. He has achieved success and contentment both materially and spiritually, and can sit back to enjoy what he's accomplished.
Some sources call the Nine of Cups tarot card the "wish card," since it often means an upcoming granting of your heart's desire.
Personally, I've had a lot of things that have been in the working stage, so I'm particularly happy to have drawn this card. It can be easy to succumb to greed in the rush toward contentment, and forget to enjoy what has already come to be. Even though I'm far from being finished yet, it's time to enjoy the things that have unfolded thus far.