|9 of Wands ~Rider-Waite/Smith|
You may be in a situation that requires you take things one day at a time, one hour at a time if you need to. If you need help, don't hesitate to ask ~ the ability to ask for help is a hallmark of a strong person. Try to be calm and methodically pick through your situation and potential course of action. This card has come up because you are persevering under pressure and holding on despite the forces pulling you in other directions, and is either a welcome sign that you are truly holding your own or you are needlessly hanging on to a situation that is past it's time ~ the surrounding cards (as well as always, your own intuition) will let you know.
This is a card of distance; is your relationship with your lover becoming suffocating? Take a step away as nothing on Earth, no relationship, can stand up to constant dissection ~ give your partner some space, a chance to be themselves. Things tense at work? Think before you speak, be calm and unruffled (on the surface at least!) and give little of yourself to what you can't control. This idea of space is important because health wise, worry, stress and anxiety is very likely to be affecting your life when the 9 of Wands appears in a reading. Anyone who suffers from these conditions knows how crippling they can be when they take a firm hold over your life.
|9 of Wands ~ Druidcraft Tarot|
This card may also come up when you feel you have to constantly defend yourself and your decisions; take heart. You are one of those rare people who is blessed with the self confidence and wisdom to stand in your own power with strength and resilience. Always remember, by being your authentic self, you can do nothing but prosper ~ even if at the moment you are experiencing ridicule from others, or are made to feel shamed, these moments pass, and what awaits you is a place of wholeness and acceptance.
9's are numbers of completion, and what is interesting to note is that in nearly all of the representations of the 9 of Wands I have seen in various decks, the figure in the card is facing East ~ eastward directions salute new beginnings and is associated with the grounded nature of Taurus. If the figure is not facing East, he is always facing outwards at least. In a reading, while each card has it's own message, the cards themselves do often combine to give each other new meanings that you need to hear. When the 9 of Wands appears in a spread, have a quick look to see what card/s the 9 of Wands is facing ~ that will give you more of an insight as to what you will be looking forward to once this battle is over, or it could just give the 9 of Wands more meaning.
|6 of Cups ~ Druidcraft Tar|
If there are a lot of Swords in the reading the 9 of Wands pops up in, a lot of sharp and hurtful words are being thrown around and the period you are going through is very destructive and tinged with great anger. When there are other wands cards dominating the spread, a creative project is at the core of this battle, be it inner or outer; likewise, you could need a big dose of creativity to get out of this situation. Have you created something that may have caused a great furore, or that others don't understand or criticism? Are you finding it difficult to accept praise for your creative achievements? If you find yourself staring at a lot of cups in the reading, chances are there is a deep emotional attachment involved in the struggle you are facing. If pentacles are dominating your reading then the material world is involved, property, money, things of this nature. Money and material matters can often be the most damning ~ the root cause of a vast majority of divorces are monetary, and the financial crisis the world is going through right now has been incredibly destructive not only to the economy but to the psyche of millions across the globe.
|The Hermit ~ Druidcraft Tarot|
Other Major Arcana cards that may lend the 9 of Wands great context in a reading include the Fool, who would show that the battle, at it's heart, is about your desire for freedom. The wands may indeed represent structures that inhibit your freedom (should the 8 of Swords also appear this impediment is self created) and the battle is for you to stand your ground and stand in who you are with pride, dignity and strength.
|The Empress ~ Legacy of the Divine Tarot|
The Empress, who is creativity incarnate, represents a struggle with the muse when she appears with the 9 of Wands. The reason you are having a tough time with the creative aspect of yourself or your creative project is because you are on the verge of creating a masterpiece.
The 9 of Wands, at it's core, wants you to stay strong, hold on to who you are and refuse to be anyone but yourself. Don't be afraid to allow others into your life; don't be afraid of criticism ~ you have the inner strength to face any battle that comes your way. Remember to always face the East; embrace new opportunities that come by way of your hard work or the people in your life. The events and people of our lives often shape who we are, but it is up to us to be our own person and live the life we love.