Nine of Wands Tarot Card Meanings & Combinations
Fire, male active energy
Keywords and Phrases:
Perseverance, nearly there…
Nine of Wands Tarot Card Meanings
The image in the Gilded Tarot has a slightly different tone to that found in the traditional Rider-Waite. You’ll notice a repeated theme here, with the eight wands in the ground behind the man, representing what he’s worked for and achieved to date. Against the backdrop of a moody sky, his dress and stance suggests he’s battle weary yet holds onto the ninth wand, determined to see things through and not prepared to throw in the towel, even though he seems to have been through the wars already.
Nine is the penultimate number of the suit also suggesting that you’re almost there The Nine of Wands is a card of perseverance in readiness for the final hurdle. It may feel as though you’re at the end of your tether or have nothing left to give, yet this isn’t the time to quit but to see things through and push forward.
It’s similar to climbing a mountain when you’re close to the top, the last part of the journey seems to take the last of your strength and you can’t see anything except the mountain, but you’re almost at the pinnacle where you’ll finally be able to stand and admire the view and look back upon how far you’ve come, the hardest part of the climb is near the end. Keep on keeping on… you’re nearly there!
If reversed or ill-dignified, this card can present obstacles to thwart efforts, or prolonged resistance that may ultimately defeat you.
Similar or supporting cards: Strength (endurance) Seven of Wands (standing firm) The Chariot (will power)
Opposing or contradictory cards: Eight of Cups (abandoning a path)
Nine of Wands Tarot Card Combinations:
If the Nine of Wands appears as the outcome to your question it may show you’re in for a long haul and the end result will require continued effort. In simple lines and free flow methods, the easiest position is where this card ‘bridges,’ so the card following it shows to what extent the perseverance is successful.
Other cards suggesting stressful conditions tend to reinforce that aspect of the Nine of Wands if they also appear in a larger spread, particularly…
Eight of Swords, Nine of Swords, Ten of Wands, The Devil. Also, should any of these cards directly follow the Nine of Wands it shows the situation dragging them down further.
Ideally, we wish to see a positive result, so the more favourable the card following the better, for instance: Six of Wands, Three of Cups, Nine of Cups, Ace of Swords, The Chariot, The Sun, The World, etc.
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