9 OF WANDS
9 OF WANDS TAROT CARD MEANING
TAROT KEY MEANINGS
Light Seer (Upright): determination, resilience, defiance, a last defense, the final push, excitement for what’s to come, defiance in the face of difficulties, rewards, victory
Shadow Seer (Reversed): the need to open up and trust people, holding onto old stories, letting go of old battles, the need to follow through and finish what you started, stronger boundaries
9 OF WANDS OVERVIEW
Brazenly, the nine of wands stands guard, poised and ready to take on anything that comes her way. She has been defending this place for so long that she can’t remember what it’s like to not be defending her fence of wands. She can remember, however, that it seems like the battle has already been won, and that it was won through resilience, effort and defiance. The others have already left their posts to rejoice in their newly found peace, but she’s not quite ready. Not yet. She wants to make sure that they are safe, and she feels like one last stand is required of her. Is it residual fear? Necessity? She’s not really sure. But somewhere in her heart, she knows it’s time for her to let go. Underneath her battle scars, she wants nothing more than to feel the safety net of rest. She leans on her most intimidating wand, and wrestles with the sedating calm that begins to creep into her bones. She promises herself that this will be the last stand she’ll take – one final push to complete this task, and tomorrow, yes tomorrow, she will retreat.
MESSAGE FROM THE 9 OF WANDS
Stability and hard work are the ingredients that will help you find success in this matter. Adversity? Pshawww. You’ve got this! As you round the corner of success, something may surface that threatens your feelings of security and achievement. It’s important to remember how far you’ve come. Don’t see this minor deceleration as a symbol of failure, and don’t give up now! You are almost there! Step into resilience and take this final step. Attainment and completion are in store for those who are determined and tenacious enough to continue. In shadow, this card suggests you are making things harder than you need to, or being overly defensive about your situation. Sometimes, we need a break from the monotony of being protective in order to see that there is no longer a need to hold that sticky, guarded energy close to our hearts. You may even be inadvertently choosing the more difficult path because you believe, on some level, that healing and ascension are ‘difficult’ tasks. Sometimes we become so enamored with our stories, that our own shadows become romantic notions that we seek to defend. Are you tied to the idea of navigating your specific challenges on the path? Have any of your ‘shadows’ become ‘excuses? Or have any of your old ‘battles’ become your raison d’être?
QUESTIONS FOR THE SEER
• What could you do to make your life easier?
• Are you being over-protective in your current situation?
• Sometimes, as light and shadow seers, we choose the more difficult path because we believe we are making progress when we are ‘fixing our shadows.’ Are you tied to the idea of your painful lessons?
• What one last thing must be accomplished before you can totally relax and release?
• You’ve overcome so much and come so far. What have you learned about yourself?