Your Chosen Card – Nine of Wands Upright Thoth Deck
When upright, the wounded warrior on this card must muster the courage to face another challenge and defend himself against his adversaries. His strength, fitness, and self-determination has gotten him this far, and he may need to go the rest of the way alone. Although the odds against succeeding may appear overwhelming, he is well-prepared for the oncoming attack. The warrior knows that he must make careful choices and call on all his inner resources. Such persistence, in the face of difficulties and delays, is necessary if there is to be victory. Should the outcome be defeat, the warrior will know that he fought honorably and with distinction. Sometimes an exit strategy is the wisest course of action.
Keywords Upright: Strength in opposition, order, discipline, preparedness, endurance, resilience, caution, self-determination, bodily health, resourcefulness, facing challenge, taking the initiative, going it alone, Herculean effort, deciding to suspend a course of action, choosing one among many options.
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 Prince 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.
Crowley/Thoth: Great strength, power, energy, health, a change in stability.
When Nine of Wands is upright 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 upright card reading for Nine of Wands using cards from the Thoth 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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Reversed Cards: You could argue that this card is blocked in its upright position, which could actually be true. The Nine of Wands does show a certain amount of tension. The man doesnt want to let down his guard or give up any ground. In this aspect, you could be digging in your heels, almost to the point of being totally inflexible. When a negative energy is amplified, it never ends well, not for you and not for any other people who may be involved. Just do yourself a favor and dont act in anger. Take a moment or two to breathe. It will do more good than you could possibly imagine.
Creative Tarot: Which is exactly what the Italian writer Italo Calvino did. He was not a specialist in the cards. He stated on more than one occasion that his interest in tarot was not scholarly, nor was he interested in learning how to read the cards skillfully. He found the people on the cards fascinating, as well as all the different interpretationsall the ways a story could be told simply by the patterns that one could create by laying out the cards randomly.
Complete Book of Tarot: Sometimes the term ‘tarot’ is applied loosely to any deck used for divination. Technically speaking, most dictionaries define tarot as a set of seventy-eight cards consisting of twenty-two trump cards, forty pip cards, and sixteen court cards. Nonetheless, several decks have appeared under the rubric of ‘tarot’ without the classical structure of the standard Marseille deck. Such decks can be considered nonstandard tarots.
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Tarot Triumphs: As explained earlier, only the twenty-two Tarot Trumps of the Major Arcana are used in this book. Any references from now on to ‘the pack’ will refer to the Triumphs, unless specifically indicated otherwise. You may wish to extend your Tarot readings later to include the four suits, but even so, working first with the Trumps will give you a good basis for this. Like many other Tarot practitioners, I prefer to just use the twenty-two Trumps. As I have found, and the Fool’s Mirror layout proves in chapter seven, it is not essential to bring in the four suits at all. The Triumphs stand as a viable set in their own right; they have an independent existence and were not generated along with the four-suit playing-card pack. The suits are based more on numerical values and court cards; their interpretation tends to be more dependent on pre-formulated attributions, which can lead to a shallower kind of divination. I am not saying that the four suits cannot be interpreted with a genuine degree of significance, but it is hard to do this without a thorough study of the meaning of number and its possibilities for interpretation. Nearly all Tarot practitioners would, in any case, agree that the Tarot Trumps have more power and weight in a reading than the cards of the suits, even when those suits are also represented as images, as in the case of the Rider-Waite pack.