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Nine of Cups — Spiritual Message of the Day

April 11, 2011

RWS 2.0 Nine of CupsAs I noted in a previous post about this card, the Nine of Cups is typically seen as an indication of contentment and satisfaction—characteristics that depend on an attitude of appreciation. But while it may be easy to appreciate success and good fortune when it befalls us, the much harder practice of appreciating everything in our lives—including the “intangibles” like love, hope, and serenity, and even the challenges that help us grow—is what brings us deep and lasting contentment.

Appreciation comes from our attitude, not our circumstances. It’s also important to understand that good fortune is not the same as material success. Good fortune is a state of mind. It both reflects and arises from a willingness to look for and recognize the wonderful things in our lives and from having an appreciative attitude about them. So there is a seeming paradox that appreciation ultimately comes from appreciation: it arises from good fortune, which is, in turn, generated by it.

Truly, it’s an upward spiral and it begins with a simple act of saying “Thank you. I appreciate that,” which we can cultivate into a habit. So say it to yourself, say it to other people, and say it to the Divine. Say it about everything you can, and say it often.

The following affirmation, which is from my book, Tarot Affirmations encapsulates these points. You may want to use it to help incorporate these truths into your being.

I am grateful for everything in my life, for it is all a divine gift.

If you enjoy these words of spiritual advice from the cards, you will love my book, The Soul’s Journey: Finding Spiritual Messages in the Tarot






  1. Yes! Gratitude is *the* attitude for a happy life. Thank you, James – it’s just what I needed to be reminded of tonight!

  2. Excellent! I love the Nine of Cups. 🙂 Great post.

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