Learn the meaning of the Nine of Wands Tarot card
The Nine of Wands shows a man standing, leaning against one of the wands and looking to his right. He is wearing a bandage on his head, and looks as if he has recently been in a fight in which he was injured. His posture is defensive, but he is ready at any moment to fight again. Behind the man are the other eight wands embedded in the ground, indicating a past he has had to face. Although the danger seems to have passed, as indicated by the mountainous terrain behind him, he must still be alert and attentive. The Nine of Wands is itself a symbol of defense, but also of difficulties overcome, after which you should find time to rest and recuperate. However, there is still danger around you, which you are probably aware of. The Nine of Wands advises you to remain vigilant and cautious until the current problems are over, as conflict can escalate at any time. The Nine of Wands also indicates physical danger and the possibility of experiencing some kind of attack. It predicts success in your actions if only you show courage, firmness, and good strategy.
The Nine of Wands in an upright position indicates very often the current problems you are facing. Your attitude is definitely defensive in the current situation, but you are ready to face your opponents at any time. The Nine of Wands in an upright position is also symbolic of the trials you must go through to achieve your success. Very often the card tells you that you are about to find yourself on the final straight to your goal, which is symbolized by the next card, the Ten of Wands. However, you need to be vigilant all the time, as new challenges from fate are possible at any time. The upright Nine of Wands also indicates a great need to rest and heal wounds, but this is not the time for that. Instead, you need to show determination, courage, and perseverance in standing up for yourself, your goals, and where you are. There are major obstacles ahead, but your inner faith and stability will also help you to overcome them. The Nine of Wands is also the card of loneliness and generally a time when you cannot count on the help of others. It encourages you to learn from past decisions and understand why things didn't go your way.
In love questions, the upright Nine of Wands may indicate a great distrust of your partner, but also of others around you. This is due to problems you have experienced in the past, so in order to avoid being hurt again you prefer to remain vigilant and always ready for self-defense. Perhaps in the past someone has betrayed your trust or even hurt your feelings, and all this makes you afraid to make the same mistake again. The card of the Nine of Wands in an upright position may also say that you are trying to protect your relationship from outside threats. Even if you have managed to get through many difficulties together, the upright Nine of Wands portends the arrival of more obstacles before you can achieve the peace and stability you desire. On the other hand, the card may also indicate how much work is still needed in your relationship. However, your commitment and dedication will help you to achieve success and break free from the past. For single people, the Nine of Wands in an upright position speaks of a time when finding a new love may cost you a lot of energy and effort. Although you currently feel lonely and past relationships have inflicted pain on you, you still have the strength within you to get what you want most, which is love and acceptance.
If the Nine of Wands is reversed it could indicate a health problem in itself, or a loss of vitality needed to overcome further problems. Even though you are only a few steps away from success, you are unwilling or unable to fight again. The reversed Nine of Wands also brings you into conflict with those around you, as well as difficulties in completing things you've already started. Under certain circumstances this card may indicate that you are being coerced or physically attacked by others. For this reason, the reversed Nine of Wands indicates extreme caution, but also maintaining a defensive posture that can protect you from failure. Moreover, the card symbolizes a person who is afraid to take risks and thus blocks himself from being able to achieve his goals. Panicky isolation from people and surroundings can, in turn, lead to even more loneliness, and your distrust of others seems exaggerated. The reversed Nine of Wands, on the other hand, can speak of you provoking a constant state of struggle in your life. Let go of outside conflicts and try to fight your own limitations and move forward.
In questions about relationships, the Nine of Wands in reversed position indicates a time of upcoming new problems that may prove too difficult for you to overcome. The card may also speak of a lonely struggle and a feeling of dissatisfaction with the way your love life has been going so far. Despite all the work and effort you have put into the relationship, you see no chance of seeing things through to the end. However, you cannot count on the support of another person, which further deepens your state of doubt and distrust about the coming future. The reversed Nine of Wands may also speak of the need to set boundaries for others, especially if they are trying to influence you or your intimate life. The reversed Nine of Wands also foretells conflicts and fights with those around you, and in case of single people even more isolation from people. In some circumstances the Nine of Wands reversed may also indicate surrender and desire to end problematic relationship. However, you should show perseverance and a willingness to understand your past mistakes, because it is still possible to end this difficult situation for you. However, if you don't want to continue defending yourself from love then this is a good step in the right direction.
9 of Wands, Nine of Batons, 9 of Batons
State of emergency, escalating conflict
Need for rest, lack of confidence, defensive attitude, readiness for another fight, psychological hurt
Unhappiness, perfectionism, poor health, the belief that life is a constant struggle for everything