9 of Cups

A curved tall display table is set as the background of this card so that the inner curve faces the viewer. Draped in cloth reaching to the floor, there are nine large chalices arranged on it from one side to the other. Before the table stand a plain wooden bench. Sitting on the bench with his legs apart and his arms crossed in a smug manner is a gentleman in rich robes and a fantastic hat. His attitude is that of a feast-goer or an innkeeper, sitting in front of the chalices as if to demonstrate his capability.

For a Yes/No question, this card is a bright and confident “Yes!”. The Innkeeper’s (or Wishbringer’s) card indicates that needs will be met, worries will be dissipated, hard work will be rewarded, and satisfaction with life will be found. The card’s focus is on material things, but satisfaction of having material needs met will allow for mental relaxation and contentment as well.

I mention the title of Wishbringer as a warning. This is also a “You’ll get what you wished for” card, with the pleasures and detriments that come with getting one’s way. The cost of the desire coming true may be more than what the initial desire was worth, and some costs are amortized over a period that far exceeds the benefits of the desire. So make your wish with care, as the Wishbringer will be paid for his services.

Ill-dignified, the promised cups are found to be empty or reserved for someone else. The Querent arrives at the destination but find no solace or respite. The cups are empty, the taps are dry, and the Querent is denied even a corner of the floor to rest upon without some horrible price demanded for the surface. It can also indicate the Evil Genie aspect of the Wishbringer. Where not only is the cost easily considered extortion, but the desire is fulfilled in the worst possible way that fills the Querent with immediate regret. Should such an aspect make an appearance, it would be better for the Querent to abandon the pursuit of their desire than have something worse befall them along the way.