The darkened figure is looking upon seven golden chalices appearing out of the clouds. There is chilling aspect here, perhaps a warning regarding desires and illusions. Be careful what you wish for…or all that glitters is not gold. The illusory aspect of wishful thinking must be addressed as the ego leaps to a quenching of emotional needs. Look carefully upon your wishes and the options that come your way. There are snakes, sophists, phantoms, towers, jewels, victories and dragons. Know that all this can disappear like the cloudy bed upon which they appear. Be still in the silence and listen to your inner voice. Truth is there.
One of the most wished for cards in the deck, the Nine of Cups signifies good fortune, abundance, culminations. The fellow looks rather smug sitting on his stool with his arms crossed, wearing a fancy red hat in front of the podium stacked with nine beautiful gleaming golden cups. We feel he has a worker quality about him and the red plumed hat is a new acquisition to his wardrobe. He has worked hard for the success he has attained and he does not forget where he came from.
Perhaps you are enjoying the fulfillment of some dreams that have manifested into reality. Success is in the air and you deserve to pat yourself on the back. You worked hard, believed anything was possible, and now you have proof of a benevolent universe. Stay grounded and love every minute as the cycle sets to start again.