Today I drew the 9 of Cups/Vessels
This amused me as I considered removing the major arcana from the draw deck before starting. I feel like I need to sit with those cards more than the majors, especially as I really love decks with pip cards. This could be a good experience to look into the number symbolism of the cards. I think I will do this tonight as I felt pretty excited about getting a minor to focus on for the day.
While on break ay work, I pulled a card with the Golden Thread Tarot app and was amused to get the 9 of Wands. I will not be talking about this at leangth here, but it does inform how my thought process through the day went in terms of the daily perspective on the card I drew.
I looked up the Numerology of the number 9 immediately as that was the third time I’d noticed it for the day (the 2nd being when at work in a series of numbers as the “outlier” in data I was looking at).
The Number 9
Everything I know about Numerology came from Buckland’s Guide to Witchcraft. In reading back over his section on Numerology and the number 9, it didn’t feel right. I also realized he is mostly concerned about birth numbers and name numbers. I am really more interested in the symbology of specific numbers.
I struggled to find different resources for Numerology at first. I settled on looking into numerology and number symbolism in conjunction with Tarot.
This yielded more results that made sense to me, and was formatted in a way I found easy to read. I rather liked the way this was worded:
Fruition, attainment, bringing things to a conclusion, completion, fulfilment, selflessness, magnetism, idealism and giver of wisdom or inspiration. Many 9s in a reading mean that situations or events are nearing completion or have just been completed and another plateau awaits.
(Via Biddy Tarot)
Looking another place I found this passage which furthered where I was understanding these two cards to lie in the tarot meaning sphere:
The number 9 also resonates with learning to say ‘No’, creative abilities, sensitivity, loyalty, generalist, discretion, brilliance, problem-solving, inner-wisdom, self-love, freedom, popularity, high ideals, tolerance, humility, altruism and benevolence, empathy, non-conformity, artistic genius, an expansive viewpoint, eccentricity, communication, influence, perfection, magnetism, understanding, forgiveness, compassion and sympathy, the visionary, duty and calling, obligation, mysticism, optimism and Divine wisdom.
(Via Numerology – The Vibration and Meaning of Numbers)
Looking at this page reminded me as I got to the correspondences section at the bottom that all of the minor arcana correspond to a major arcana card. The 9th Major is The Hermit.
The Hermit (9th Major Arcana)
All of the minor arcana correspond to a major arcana card. The 9th Major is The Hermit. Now I want to give a brief aside to the fact that in The Wild Wood Tarot the 9th Major is The Hooded Man. His meaning does not differ meaningfully from that of The Hermit (according to the accompanying book).
Hello, old friend. I see you seeking there. You worried introverted Virgo, looking to the earth, seeking endlessly, pilgrim and scholar. Shadow worker, teacher, mentor, friend.
Whenever you arrive I always ask these two questions:
- What is the truth of this card?
- What overwhelms this card?
9 of Cups
- What is the truth of the suit of Cups?
- Emotions are pure and need to be experienced.
- Self-care is important.
- Relationships are the fuel to your inner workings.
- Changing it up and going with the flow can lead to unexpected and exciting places.
- What overwhelms the suit of Cups?
- Emotions that boil over
- The ending of relationships
- The beginnings of relationships
- Routine where there should be spontaneity (and the inverse)
- Thinking too logically, not listening to your heart
- Creative blocks
- Being rooted down to tightly.
Traditionally I would have looked at this card and said it was about too many of choices to make, about having too much on your plate. But thinking about the 9 of Cups through the lens of the hermit I instead want to talk about things like self-care, introspection, and shadow work.
This accidental stumble backwards to the 9 of Cups was interesting. Usually, I would start by spouting off what the 9 of cups means based on how I’ve generally interpreted it (especially in the absence of additional cards), and then move on to associations, more generic meaning of the suit, and then finally settle on the major that tied to the minor I was dealing with.
This has led me to decide two things:
- I’m going to try to replicate this winding path tomorrow and see where it lands me.
- I am going to remove the majors from my pull deck before bed tonight.
(Here is a link to the intro post for the experience)
Thank you for joining me on that wild ride,