9 of Wands
At the end of a day, or week of hard work, or at the end of a big project, you'll be feeling worn out and tired with perhaps even a minor injury. Back sore, hands rough or cut, clothes dirty, sticky with sweat and ready for a refreshing wash and rest. You are almost there but you've got one last final push to the finish line. You pause to rest briefly and take stock of what remains to be done. This is why this card is about making the right decision that will bring about a successful completion. How do you end this well? You can't allow your low energy reserves to influence your decisions here otherwise all the energy you've used will have been wasted. Don't rush to the finish line. Take your time and be careful how you complete and end this.
The 9 of Wands (9 of Rods or 9 of Batons) is a card of completion of projects and endings in the home or work place. The element here is Fire which relates to home, community, work and creativity. The number 9 is associated with The Moon, therefore this card can subtly warn of delusions, dreams and things not being all what they appear to be. There are conflicting interpretations associated with this card between Tarot readers and literature on Tarot. Numerology helps throw more light on what lies behind this card through knowledge of the meaning of the number 9; endings, completion of cycles, harvest time, charity and generosity, service to others and humanitarian causes.
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THE PICTORIAL KEY TO THE TAROT
By Arthur Edward Waite (1911)
The figure leans upon his staff and has an expectant look, as if awaiting an enemy. Behind are eight other staves--erect, in orderly disposition, like a palisade. Divinatory Meanings: The card signifies strength in opposition. If attacked, the person will meet an onslaught boldly; and his build shews, that he may prove a formidable antagonist. With this main significance there are all its possible adjuncts--delay, suspension, adjournment. Reversed: Obstacles, adversity, calamity.