Easter is a time of hope. It therefore seems the perfect moment to explore the riveting survival tale of the Jewish man who tattoed prisoners at the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War 2. His story has not come to light until now because of the incredible guilt he carried about what he was forced to do to his fellow prisoners.
I got this card recently and was trying to work out how it fitted into my life at a time when I’m unable to go to work and want to and have a very sick relative. But I see some resonance with the idea that the Nine Of Cups can symbolize a wish come true.
Wish #1: My relative has got a lot better in the last month. It’s no longer like living hell, it’s actually kind of nice spending time together as she continues to work on her health.
Wish #2: I’ve been able to work on my unpublished novel which is both unexpected and delightful.
I thought the Nine Of Cups was going to represent me going back to my grade (which I’m looking forward to) but turns out the universe had other plans. You can’t always predict with Tarot how your destiny will manifest exactly – even knowing the cards.
We had a look at this card for the first time a couple of weeks ago. Let’s review what was said:
Nine Of Cups: A well-fed well-dressed middle-aged man sits in front of nine golden cups arranged in an orderly fashion on a fancy tablecloth. His face wears an expression of satisfaction and his arms are crossed as if to say, ‘Don’t touch. They’re mine.’ Here is someone who’s satisfied with their lot and doesn’t want to change a thing. This is the wishes-come-true card. The accomplishment of one’s deepest desires. Partner, job, children, house…all sorted. This is the cat who’s got the cream.
But it can also be the card of the smug bastard. Someone who’s so content with their lot they refuse to change a thing even when they need to. Even when it makes others unhappy.
Shame, shame on me. I’ve been writing this blog for almost a year and you’d think I’d have covered all the cards in the deck by now but I haven’t mentioned this one once.
Nine Of Cups: A well-fed well-dressed middle-aged man sits in front of nine golden cups arranged in an orderly fashion on a fancy tablecloth. His face wears an expression of satisfaction and his arms are crossed as if to say, ‘Don’t touch. They’re mine.’ Here is someone who’s satisfied with their lot and doesn’t want to change a thing.
This is the wishes-come-true card. The accomplishment of one’s deepest desires. Partner, job, children, house…all sorted. This is the cat who’s got the cream.
You can achieve success in various ways according to the good book Tarot. Here are the ones that stand out for me from the Everyday Tarot part of the deck.
Four of Wands: Success at bagging yourself a partner or getting people to generally wish you well using your social skills.
Six of Wands: Success achieved through natural talents or skills developed over the years. You experience this type of success after being in a job for awhile. It’s when you’ve learnt how to work the ropes to get what you want in the workplace.
Six of Pentacles: Success thanks to another party. Maybe you win Tattslotto or get an inheritance.
Seven of Swords: Success by being a master tactician or sneaky bastard. And if you’re both the world is your chupa chup (my daughter insists I say this, she doesn’t like oysters). A shout out here to our friend Lance (see previous post)!
Eight of Wands: Success at achieving something you’ve been working towards. Such as getting funding for a business idea. It’s the kind of success that comes out of the blue after a hard slog.
Nine of Pentacles: Success achieved all by yourself.
Nine of Cups: Just generally feeling successful.
As a teacher I employ many of these scenarios. I use my experience (6 Wands) and strategy (7 Swords) to maximise learning in the classroom and have benefitted from being well looked after by my bosses (6 Pentacles).
Are you experiencing any of these types of Tarot success right now in your life? You know the drill, please share.