Your Chosen Card – Nine of Wands Reversed Salem Deck
When reversed, this card suggests that the querent is acting at a disadvantage. He or she may be ill-prepared and feel like giving up in the face of obstacles, perhaps feeling isolated, overwhelmed, or exhausted by circumstances. A rigid or inflexible approach to the problem is not likely to succeed. Sometimes you have to admit that a challenge is insurmountable or that you have taken on more than you can chew; in such a case, the best course of action is to accept that you are not up to the task and move on to something new.
Keywords Reversed: Obstacles, disadvantages, hindrances, opposition, isolation, adversity, inflexibility, weariness, bodily weakness, exhaustion, lack of preparedness, overwhelming odds, delay, sending back.
Timing: 10 Sagittarius20 Sagittarius. Tropical, 3 December12 December. Sidereal, 25 December3 January.
Astrology: The emotional and sensitive Moon in the second decan of fiery Sagittarius, realm of the Knight of Wands (Fire of Fire) and Temperance (Sagittarius). The Moon is linked to the High Priestess.
Number Symbolism: 9 – the final single digit, culmination, fruition, attainment.
Etteilla: Hindrance, suspension, deferral, slowing down, delay, separation, sending back; (R) opposition, disadvantage, adversity, obstacles, unhappiness, misfortune.
When Nine of Wands is reversed you can pretty much take it that life is going well but that’s when life takes us by surprise. If Nine of Wands is unclear it may help to choose a card from the Major Arcana to provide more insight into what it is Nine of Wands is trying to tell you. If you had a particular issue in mind, or want to seek clarification on something else, you can also choose again to get more guidance.
This chosen card is part of your reversed card reading for Nine of Wands using cards from the Salem Tarot Deck. You will find many more tarot pages that will be of great help if you need tarot card meanings. Use the search at the bottom of the page. We have some amazing tarot books for you to browse. Please see below.
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Portable Magic: The final stage in the realization of the ritual purpose is represented by the Six of Cups, which bears the title Lord of Pleasure. This card is a good choice for initiating a period of steady growth and success. It is the Sun ruling the second decanate of Scorpio, and also the Sun in Tiphareth. The Sun in Scorpio indicates both heat and penetration. Scorpio concerns the critical phases of transformation in life, resulting in a kind of rebirth. The Sun is the life principle of wholeness and self-integration. Its action in this card is uncommonly strong because it not only rules the decanate of the card, but the Sephiroth where the card resides on the Tree. Tiphareth is the centre of the Tree, the sphere of complete balance and harmony. The pleasure of this card is the pleasure of desire realized. Crowley called this card ‘one of the best in the pack’ (The Book of Thoth, 182).
Reversed Cards: The Nine of Wands image from the Legacy of the Divine Tarot, which shows a figure on bended knee as if he were paying homage to the hard, rough journey that got him to where he now stands, reminds me of the Stoic saying ‘the obstacle is the way.’ In other words, it is what defeats you, knocks you down, and causes a failure that is the real blessing. The more we hear ‘no,’ the closer we get to ‘yes.’ Each time we fail we got closer to success. Here in the mirror aspect, your resolve is being tested. Can and will you continue to pick yourself up and keep going? Or will you, like the image on the card, kneel down and surrender?
Tarot for Beginners: Reversed, however, this card may actually be advising you to challenge the status quo, at least in your personal belief system. Beware of the influence of an oppressive, older person who wants you to do things their way regardless of your actual circumstances.
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Reversed Cards: We first met the sixes in the Lovers card. It is there that we got a glimpse of the challenges and positive attributes of the number six. Here in the minor arcana, we see how those traits play out in everyday life. Our commitment to ourselves and others will be tested, rewarded, and challenged on a much more practical and daily way. Whether we get stuck, find ourselves needing to move, or allowing ourselves some success will depend on how the sixes show up on your cards. Relationships are part of our expansion: they test us and ground us. Here in the sixes, we see just how much.