Jupiter’s expansiveness gives rise to overflowing watery emotions, symbolized in the Sharman-Caselli version of the card by the fountains, or the overflowing cups in the Crowley Thoth and Wildwood decks. In Pisces, it’s all about bliss, deep joy, overflowing love... without restrictions. It’s the benevolence of Jupiter, the all-expansiveness, that gives the Wildwood’s Nine of Vessels its keyword ‘generosity’. The emotions are nourished, the senses are satisfied (symbolized by the spread of food and the embracing couple depicted in the Sharman-Caselli card) – it’s a time for indulging, to enjoy relationships.
The Shadowscapes version has a mer-man peering down into the depths. Eight fishes swim below him, each with the image of a cup on their sides. The contents of a ninth cup appear to be flowing upwards into the heart of the mer-man. Other fish and also dolphins are in the background but again, less easily seen – plenty of Pisces symbology! They are also symbols of health, prosperity and good fortune, while the cup below the mer-man’s heart represents the idea that “all the heart desires is within reach” (Shadowscapes Companion, Stephanie Pui-Mun Law and Barbara Moore, Llewellyn, 2010).
Often referred to as the ‘wish card’, the Nine of Cups can represents dream or wishes coming true and, through Jupiter in Pisces, the sense of ‘blessedness’ that comes from deep-rooted, absolute joy.
The shadow side of Jupiter in Pisces, and the Nine of Cups, is the tendency towards escapism, and losing focus. Not that escapism is always a bad thing, but Jupiter takes things to excess, so what might be healthy escapism runs the risk of becoming an addiction. It could be difficult to deal with the outpouring of emotions, to the point where the emotions end up becoming blocked for fear of the consequences.
Shadowscapes Tarot created by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law and Barbara Moore, published by LlewellynSharman-Caselli Tarot created by Juliet Sharman-Burke, illustrated by Giovanni Caselli, published by Connections
Thoth Tarot created by Aleister Crowley, illustrated by Lady Frieda Harris, published by US Games Systems, Inc.
Wildwood Tarot created by Mark Ryan and John Matthews, illustrated by Will Worthington, published by Connections