Inverted Nine of Cups


Inverted Nine of CupsThis card shows a party that is over. The secret is out. What was hidden, possibly for a long time, has been revealed. This can be a card of addiction.

If you receive this card, there is no more hiding. You can’t do much about this revelation, just move on and make the best of it. The skeletons are out of the closet. The cat is out of the bag. Blissful ignorance is behind you. It took a lot of energy to keep this under wraps, to function like everything was normal. Now you can direct that energy elsewhere, like into your recovery.


In a spread, the Nine of Cups adds a little abundance to the cards below.

Major Arcana

Hierophant: If the Nine of Cups comes with the Hierophant, it suggests marriage.
Wheel of Fortune: The Nine of Cups in combination with the Wheel of Fortune indicates great luck.
Devil: If the Nine of Cups comes with the Devil, there might be a dangerous tendency towards over indulgence.
Sun: The Nine of Cups in combination with the Sun indicates great luck.

Minor Arcana

Ace of Pentacles (Coins, Disks): The Nine of Cups in combination with the Ace of Pentacles (Coins or Disks in other decks) indicates great luck.

The Suit — Cups or Hearts

The cup holds water, the heart holds emotion. Water nourishes, refreshes, revives. Emotions remind us we’re alive, give us reason to commune with others. Water can give life and take it away. Emotions can make us want to feel more and wish we could just stop feeling entirely.
This suit invites us to that place below the surface, to search for the Holy Grail, to get in touch with our creative side.

The Number — 9

Nine represents completion, solitude, and protection.

The Inversion

There is nothing to fear with an inversion. Mary K. Greer explains in her book, The Complete Book of Tarot Reversals, that an inverted card may be interpreted in one or more of these twelve ways:

  1. Blocked or Resisted
  2. Projected
  3. Delayed, Difficult, Unavailable
  4. Inner, Unconscious, Private
  5. New or Dark Moon (if you are reading cards from a round deck)
  6. Breaking Through, Overturning, Refusing, Changing Direction
  7. The Opposite of the Upright Meaning, or Lacking
  8. Excessively
  9. Misused or Misdirected
  10. The Upright Meaning Backward
  11. A Rectification or Cure
  12. Magical, Unconventional, or Humorous

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