This is a card of emotional (cups) fullness (nines), and the person in the image certainly looks satisfied. His active pose and the rosey glow of wine in full goblets, arrayed in honor and display, reminds me of something not hinted in other interpretations.
To me, this is a card of Service. Years spent in food service, catering and event planning make this scene very familiar to me. He might be the host, or the lead planner, but this person knows the joy of making other people happy. He has no cup of his own and he’s not expecting one. The red cap on his head shows his joy and anticipation for this event; red being the color of passion and, being on his head indicates the mental preparation and enjoyment it brings to our jolly fellow.
It is the moment before everyone arrives. All preparations have been made. Everything is set beautifully for his guests. This moment of anticipation is his bliss. Watching all enjoy the party he has arranged is what will make him satisfied. His anticipation is apparent. Perhaps he has done this before? If you are feeling blue, try this remedy and find a way to help people, especially as they celebrate. If you can help someone in need by serving at a soup kitchen or volunteering in the community you may not only kick your own indigo mood out the door, but even make their world a bit brighter too. Everyone benefits and you may find your cup running over with more than a paycheck waiting at the end of the day as you offer genuine service to others.
Images from The Smith-Waite Tarot Centennial Edition Deck are used in this blog. They feature the artist, Pamela Colman Smith’s, original coloring and lovely back design. The cards are a bit oversized and printed on sturdy cardstock. This deck is one of my personal favorites. =:->AD
Rider-Waite images used with permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902. c. 1971 by U.S. Games Systems, Inc.