Card Meanings,  Cups,  Sacred Circle

Key Words: 9 of Cups

Written by: Emma Sunerton-Burl

Continuing her series, Emma Sunerton-Burl looks into the cards of The Sacred Circle Tarot, by Anna Franklin and Paul Mason, published by Llewellyn:

9 of Cups – Key Words

Emotional stability; balance; perfection; support structure; hormonal gifts; emotions identified; honouring the feminine; love between friends; sweetness; magical times; seeing the good in everything; beauty; holiday; holiday romance; release from stress; pilgrimage; spiritual journey reflected in physical way; honouring of your own spiritual path; earth energies healing emotional body; positive illusion; telepathy; magic.

9 of Cups Reversed

Fear of being in the moment; safety in the struggle; unable to experience momentary joy; need for activating the observer within; need for humour and lightness; distrust of the light; distrust of joy; emotional imbalance; fear of accepting the good; refusal to take holiday or break from work; fear of joy.

9 of Cups Transformational Potential

When this card comes into your spread you are being asked to enjoy the moment with friends and family. It is time to take a break and enjoy some social time and to allow your feelings to be free from restriction. As you allow your feeling to flow through you and stop ‘trying’ so hard, so you give yourself a much needed break. You might be drawn to go on some form of spiritual pilgrimage or journey to allow yourself to see your life from a higher perspective. The joy you experience now may be transient but is much needed and can be used as sustenance for the work ahead.

9 of Cups Questions

Do you find it hard to trust the good times?

Where do you find your emotional support?

What friends do you feel drawn to connect with in joy at this time?

How can you best take time out of your routines right now?

9 of Cups Suggestions

Go on a pilgrimage with some like minded people and put an intention out as you start of finding your true path in life.

Enjoy each day as it unfolds.

Allow yourself to be supported by your friends.

Walk somewhere where there is a viewpoint over the land and allow the experience to bring you insight.

9 of Cups Affirmations

I am happy in all I do.

I trust life and life works for me.

It is safe for me to trust my friends.

It is safe for me to take time out of my life to enjoy the company of others.

I am emotionally balanced.


Emma welcomes any comments on this article or the visualisations you do following this method. Email her on

Emma works as an intuitive psychic tarot reader and runs one to one online training courses on reading with the Thoth tarot deck using a unique blend of intuition and psychological techniques. This has now been extended to working intuitively with RWS style decks too. She also mentors other professional and non-professional tarot readers. She offers visualisation MP3 downloads for intuition development, tarot readings F2F, telephone or distance, and healing – see her website for details: 

Emma has a Bsc in Psychology and is a trained counsellor, counselling supervisor and trainer. She integrates this experience in her Tarot work, and in her self-written training courses for personal development, Tarot, and Tarot mentoring.

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