9 of Cups (Deviant Moon)

May 6, 2010 at 8:46 pm (9 of Cups, Deviant Moon Tarot, Tarot)

9 of Cups (Deviant Moon)

The Deviant Moon Tarot is either extremely evocative and whimsical, or flat out disturbing, depending on your preferences… or if you’re like me, it’s whimsically disturbing and great fun to explore.  Intended to reflect the inner landscape of dreams, it is rather like evoking the spirits of the Trickster gods to see what they have to say.

And really, sometimes, a bit of surreal humor is exactly what helps the medicine go down.

The 9 of Cups is often referred to as the “Wish card” and for many readers it is an indicator that the seeker’s wish in the matter will come true.

For me – and this card seems to reflect this well – there is ‘but’ attached to that.  Your wish will come true, BUT… be careful what you wish for.

The image is that of a genii just released from his bottle, to the startlement of the young man who let him out.  That genii is one intimidating figure, and in most genii legends, there is good reason to be afraid and cautious around them.  Pent up geniis – and wishes – tend to be pretty unstable and explosive when first set free.  Often, the story goes, the genii is so angry at being confined, he winds up harming the person who set him free.  But if he doesn’t kill you, he’s yours to ask three wishes of, yes?

Well yes… but you’d better be very very sure of what it is you wish for, and then even more sure of how to phrase that wish so that what you wind up with is what you intend – for that is the way of magic and magical creatures – if you aren’t careful, things will not go at all as you expect, but exactly as you express.  Mindfulness is critical here.

And geniis, well they do love a good joke, which is why they tend to get locked up in tightly corked bottles in the first place – expecting your wishes to be ‘granted’ is just asking for a big spiritual practical joke.  Maybe a better option is to put as much care into finding words for your wishes and dreams as you would if there really were a genii to make it happen – and then use that expressed intention to go after it yourself, instead of expending all your emotional energy on hoping some magical being will just hand it off to you without any effort on your part.

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