Daily Tarot Card

A tarot card of the day, every day of the year

the Daily Tarot Card
for May 30, 2023

How to interpret the Daily Tarot

This tarot card gives insight into the forces, people, events or spiritual states that will have significance today. The relevance of this particular tarot card may reference a general trend for the entire day, or a news event or something specific which occurs at some point within a 24 hour period.

NOTE: All tarot cards selected for Tarot of the Day are always in the upright position and do not use inverted positions. Need an inverted meaning? Check our complete tarot reference.

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The Meaning of the "Nine of Cups"
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The Symbolism of the Nine of Cups:

A successful looking merchant wearing traditional Eastern robes and an elaborate red turban sits gloating on a low wooden bench.

The man appears to be deeply satisfied with himself. His arms are crossed over his chest, and he has an almost smug smile on his face.

In the background, a curved counter draped in blue fabric, arcs around the merchant. Atop the counter, a well-organized display of nine cups is evenly arrayed.

NOTE: Is the man in the Nine of Cups a merchant? Given the man's style of dress — which is foreign to most of the other characters in the Tarot — and the curved, tall counter behind him, it's reasonable to assume that the man is a proud and successful merchant from afar, displaying his wares. But as with anything else in the Tarot, the role of the man in the illustration is open to your interpretation. Other interpretations see him simply as a man who is proud of his wealth.

How to Interpret the Nine of Cups

The Nine of Cups tarot card signifies success, particularly business or career success.

The card does not indicate the end of a journey, but instead references a time of things going well. Independence, business success and rewarding endeavors are indicated here.

While it's important to be proud of one's accomplishments, those successes are merely mile-markers along the road towards ultimate, greater victory.

It's important to note that the Nine of Cups does not just represent "wealth", but rather increasing wealth and increasing success. The merchant in the card is not shown in front of a house or an estate, as is common in other Tarot cards indicating a final state of being wealthy.

The merchant in the Nine of Cups gloats over his place of work — showing pride over his winnings, which are the fruits of his own ongoing labor.

The Nine of Cups is a very promising card with very positive messages: What is strived for is attained. Hard work pays off. Risks are rewarded.

But the Nine of Cups also carries a subtle warning as well:

Save for the fact that the merchant is well dressed, well fed, and proud of himself, no obvious signs of wealth are visible in the card. For all of his obvious self-pride, he sits on a very modest-looking wooden bench.

In other words, true success has not yet been attained. While it's important to be proud of one's accomplishments, those successes are merely mile-markers along the road towards ultimate, greater victory.

Do not rest here, or be too proud of what has been acomplished so far. While bountiful success is indicated by the card, so is pride.

The Nine of Cups Inverted

The reversed Nine of Cups often indicates a false sense of pride. Someone who is resting on their laurels rather than earning their success every day.

While the card in the reversed position may still indicate a level of success, it carries strong warnings about our attitudes towards success.

It may indicate someone who gloats after a minor battle, when the greater war is still not yet won.

It may indicate someone who over-indulges, or someone with a poor work eithic. It may also indicate too great an emphasis on image over subtance. Or it may indicate someone who gloats after a minor battle, when the greater war is still not yet won.

When the Nine of Cups appears reversed in a reading, ask yourself what victories are being taken for granted? Are mere stepping stones along a much longer journey being mistaken for places to stop and relax? Is success inspiring and motivating? Or is someone's success leading to laziness and negative lifestyles?

The inverted Nine of Cups asks us a simple question: When success happens, what happens next?

NOTE: The Tarot of the Day card is intended to be read in a general sense and is not meant to address any specific questions. You can think of this card as representing a universal or widely-shared event. A daily tarot card is not the same as a card pulled individually as part of a personal reading.

So what is a daily tarot card?

We sometimes get asked "what the point" of the Daily Tarot is. After all, with our ever popular ZodiacTarot tarotscopes which are far more specific to each individual's zodiac sign, what's the less-specific "daily tarot card" for anyway?

The short answer is: We all live in the same universe. Not 12 different universes. iFate has dozens of other oracles, divination systems, horoscopes and tools for expanding personal insight. All of these tools offer unique and specific guidance. The daily tarot card isn't one of them.

The point of the daily tarot card is to unify our experience around just one important facet of foresight. It's not an Aries, Libra or Capricorn "thing". It's a humans thing. From that perspective, the daily tarot should not be taken as 'personal' guidance per se -- but as a blunt tool for understanding (or predicting) something more general.

A daily tarot card might represent:

  • A more general trend.
  • A large event.
  • An important announcement.
  • The significance of some high profile person.

What to look for in a daily tarot card

We would never suggest a 'right way' or a 'wrong way' to interpret the daily tarot card, but we do pay attention to what the cards are telling us:

When minor arcana cards appear in the daily tarot, we look for the message in more mundane, ordinary things. When major arcana cards appear in the daily tarot, they tend to speak to large, "macro" forces at work in our lives or on the world stage.

Likewise, when court cards (Pages, Knights, Queens and Kings) appear in the daily tarot, we look for the significance of a corresponding person in our day.

Needless to say, the Tarot of the Day doesn't replace more direct, user-specific readings. But since we've been pulling daily tarot cards on iFate.com since late 2007, we've always felt they add a framework for every day -- a theme which more often than not becomes apparent as our day progresses. We hope you agree.

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A daily tarot card for your horoscope sign

iFate also draws daily tarot cards for every horoscope sign. Select your sign from the list below to see which tarot card applies to you today.

Unlike the daily tarot card, which sets a more general theme for the day, these tarot cards meld astrology with tarot and seek a shared influence for each zodiac sun-sign.

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