Tarot Card meaning for the Nine of Wands

In the Nine of Wands, we see a man in front of eight Wands which are perfectly aligned. The man himself appears hurt, untrusting and protective, keeping a keen eye on the past. What has happened? What is preventing him from moving forward?

The Nine of Wands as a day card

Today on the one hand, we might feel all our matters are perfectly aligned and in order, but on the other hand we are wary. What is in order, and what are we worried about? It looks like something negative has happened before (based on the bandage around his head), and we are scared to get hurt again. What could this relate to?

Negative or reversed meaning for this card

If we interpret the Nine of Wands as being wary and untrusting, then in the reversed meaning of this card we can say that we have nothing to worry about. We have fought our way through in the past but we have built a protective wall of wands and we are ready to recoup and recover. We do not have to worry at this point in time, the battle is over.

How this card could present itself in real life

I have a dear friend who went through a messy divorce and things are still relatively painful in regards to custody issues. It has however been many years ago that the divorce was finalised and my friend is doing extremely well with her life. She has studied, she has a good job and a nice house that see keeps beautifully. You do find her regularly going back to the past and worry about it now and for the future which makes her unable to see all the fantastic things she has done and accomplished in recent years (which could be symbolised by the line of wands).

How this card is represented in other Tarot decks

There is a difference in interpretation between the different Tarot decks. In the Crowley Tarot we see a strong image and the card is called strength. This most likely means that we are using the strength of the fire element to achieve things we want to achieve.

In the Celtic Dragon Tarot we find a wanderer who is looking at and grabbing one of the many wands that circle around his head. He looks in wonder at this phenomenon and the dragons calmly stand by and watch. The meaning in the Celtic Dragon Tarot is that if we feel save, we are save.

In the Osho Zen on the other hand this card is called exhaustion.  In this card it focuses on the message that we do not rest enough and continuously are looking for more strength and will power to hold things together without adequate rest to just be.

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