Nine of Wands Tarot Card Meaning Keywords

UPRIGHT: Resilience, courage, persistence, on guard

REVERSED: Giving up, exhaustion, fatigue

  • Element: Fire
  • Kabbalistic Sefirot: Yesod
  • Meaning of the Kabbalistic Sefirot: Foundation
  • Astrological Influence: Moon in Sagittarius
  • Yes/No key interpretations: Maybe
  • Stones: Quartz

The nine of wands is the 9th card in the suit of wands in Minor Arcana. Nine is the number of Spiritual awakening and kindness and ‘The Hermit’ is card number nine in major Arcana. If 10 is the completion of a cycle then nine shows that you are very close to the end of this cycle. You have gained experience and wisdom and have to go through just a few ordeals and trials to reach the completion.

Nine of Wands Tarot Card Meaning

The Imagery of the Nine of Wands Tarot Card

A weary, tired, and exhausted man is standing with a staff in his hand. His exhaustion shows that he has been through some tough tasks. He has a bandage on his head that indicates that he might have some wound underneath which is healing. This bandage also represents mental distress. He is holding a staff in a watchful and alert way, as he is ready to attack anyone who appears at once. He is on guard. His staff also represents the help that he has available with him. There is an uneven but green land in his background. The big and small hills show the challenges that he has been through and the goals that he has achieved. There is a neat boundary of eight wands in his background as well. The wands represent action, ambition, and desires and they are sprouting at the top that symbolizes growth. The barrier that is created with these wands might indicate that this barrier is to stop someone from emerging from the back or to stop some bad memory to emerge from the past? The brown color of the tunic of the man is a symbol of simplicity, steadfastness, and reliability and the olive green color of his pants and shoes depicts diplomacy and harmony. Overall the man looks resilient, courageous, and ready to face any challenge and trouble that might come his way. He is standing on a grey road that shows neutrality. He is neutral for now and will decide his reaction when something or someone will appear.

Astrology and the Nine of Wands

In astrology, the nine of Wands corresponds to the second decan of Sagittarius which falls between 3rd December and 12th December. In this decan, the moon enters Sagittarius. Moon is the planet (in astrology) of reflection, cycles, feminine qualities, emotions, and receptivity. Sagittarius is an optimistic, honest, intellectual, and freedom-loving sign. When the moon enters the fiery sign of Sagittarius, they work together to make things work out. The golden dawn designers called this card the Lord of Great Strength.

Nine of Wands and Kabbalah

In Kabbalah, all the nines belong to the Sefirot of Yesod (Foundation). This sefirah is ruled by the moon, the orb of reflection. Nine of Wands is Yesod in Atziluth, the land of pure spirit. This card shows that success is accompanied by trouble and doubts. This card reflects strength and power.

Nine of Wands as a Person

Nine of Wands denotes someone who has been through a lot of ups and downs in life and has growing ambitions and desires. They have been through difficulties but they have also achieved goals. They are people who persevere, persist, and endure. They guard what they have achieved and they are ready to face any other challenge that might come their way before achieving their goals. They live in the moment, stay watchful, and alert. They get support from others when they need it and they keep neutral and balanced emotions before facing a new situation.  

Nine of Wands Card in General Reading (Upright)

When nine of wands tarot card appears in an upright position, in a general reading, it might represent that you are facing some ongoing difficulties and challenges. You have been through some tough times and had some hurtful experiences but all your experiences, trials, and troubles have made you a stronger person. Your ambitions are growing and your spirits are high. You have an eye on the enemies and you are ready to take on any challenges before reaching your goals. This card shows that you have strength and power and you are ready to face anything.

Nine of Wands (Upright) Tarot Card in a Daily reading

If this card appears in a daily reading, it shows that your challenges, trials, and tests are not over today. There are might be many days since you are facing the challenges, you are tired and weary but today is also going to be one such day. Rest assured that you are equipped to face the challenges and you have stamina and energy. You are ready to face the day and with your ambitious spirit, you will soon achieve your goals.

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