Nine of Wands

Written by Jacob. Published on October 18th, 2011 at 00:06.

Nine of Wands Rider Waite Tarot

Nine of Wands Artwork Description

“The figure leans upon his staff and has an expectant look, as if awaiting an enemy. Behind are eight other staves standing erect, in orderly disposition, like a palisade.” 1

Nine of Wands Associations

  • Nine: Hesitation, prudence; solidification, satisfaction, end; skill and success.
  • Element: Fire.
  • Timing: Summer; hasty; immediate/fast-paced.
  • Direction: South/ubiquitous; spontaneous.
  • Keywords: Passion, personal driving force; the arts, creative-source, hobbies; career/ambitions; personality/ego; travel, trade, and commerce.

Nine of Wands Basic Meaning

The Nine of Wands is about leadership, walking into the face of opposition with determination. ‘Don’t quit, don’t give up’. The final show-down, just go for it. Moving forward in a powerful and authoritative way. Protective and observant of what’s valued.

Additional Interpretations

“Taking the bull by the horns and moving forward; action; the ability to inspire others in a positive way; liberation in thinking; acquiring a position with leadership; determination in the face of opposition; travels, journeys, and moves.” 2

“A wounded man holding a wand stands guard over the other eight wands. This is the ‘failure-is-not-an-option,’ card. Think of climbing flight after flight of stairs to get to the top; you finally stop, panting, and wonder ‘Will I ever get to the top?’ Unlike the Seven/Pents, however, there is no giving up, no going back after all you’ve done to get this high. You dig deep, find some reserve of energy and keep going.

Likewise, our soldier, wounded and tired as he is, is not going to stop protecting those wands.

Thus, the energy of the wands is invested back into ourselves for that final push. Though we may not know it, this will be our last investment, completing what we set out to create. The card predicts that the querent will get what they seek from the wands, a career goal, leadership position, whatever they’ve invested their energy into making real. They will, however, feel guarded and wary till it’s done. And, like climbing flight after flight of stairs, they might be a little paranoid at this point. They might not believe that all they’ve invested is about to pay off. Or, like the soldier, they may not be willing to let someone else guard their wands even if they could use a rest.

Which means that this card often comes up for querents who are unable to delegate, worn-out mothers who won’t let anyone else, not even dad, care for their baby, directors who won’t let anyone else rehearse the actors, etc. The results of this will be seen in 10/Wands. In 9/Wands, however, the querent only needs to be assured that they do have reserves of energy and strength for that final push. Completion of all they’ve worked for is right there, all they need do is go for it!” 3

“Meaning: The card signifies strength in opposition. If attacked, he will meet the onslaught boldly. With this main significance there are all its possible adjuncts — delay, suspension, adjournment. Generally speaking, a bad card.

Reversed: Obstacles, adversity, calamity.” 1

Axank’s Dream Recollection

October, 16-17 2011
No dreams remembered…