My thoughts- The guy on the card looks happy. His arms are crossed in simple defiance/ smugness. Look at all those cups!!! The two main colors are blue and yellow. I feel as if he is saying “That’s right, I have all the cups! What are you going to do about it?”
The book- In the days when playing cards were used for divination, the Nine of Hearts was called “the wish card”. It meant that your wish would come true. The Nine of Cups has that same promise, although there is a fine line between having what you want and wanting what you have. Both sides of that coin are in this card. It represents feeling satisfied and happy with what you have.
The Universal Waite card – shows a very contented man sitting proudly before his fine collection of chalices. Some interpret him as smug and focused too much on his possessions. But we must consider the symbolism. The cups are on a blue-draped table, representing a spiritual and healthy aspect. The man is facing us in a sociable manner, as if welcoming us, rather than obsessing about his possessions.
Core Meaning – Material, emotional, and physical well-being.
I still feel like he is smug about what he has. I don’t know why but this man makes me feel a little angry. What about you? What do you think of this card?
My thoughts– We see the infinity symbol as from The Magician. There is lots of yellow, which personally makes me feel anxious, and represents the highest level of consciousness, which makes sense because one who is anxious is usually highly alert. It makes sense to me that she would be anxious or alert because she is touching a lion. I would be totally scared to touch a lion. We can see that she isn’t being eaten alive so she must have a trusting and calming nature about her. The orange of the lion means difficult challenges. Can you tame a lion? I know I can’t, and that would be difficult. From the name of the card I can draw that this woman represents strength, whether it is from will, faith or confidence, I don’t know. Maybe all of it. The lion is also a very strong force, being the king of the jungle and all that.
The book– The lion represents the practical, assertive, or even aggressive side of our will. A quieting, controlling influence creates another kind of power altogether. This type of strength can be respected without being feared. The gentle open hand transfer peace, soothing the situation.Interestingly, this card almost always features a female figure calming the beast, representing feminine energy. She usually touches his head- that is, she calms his thoughts and probably guides them in another direction, thereby taking control and redirecting the situation.
The Universal Waite Strength card– shows the connection between gentleness and the flow of divine power by pricturing a lemniscate of the woman’s head. Her white gown indicates the purity of her intention. The lion’s mouth is the center of the image, a focal point. He is being loud and dangerous. She says, “Hush now, be quiet, be calm.”
Core meaning: Calm control that soothes the situation.