This card represents the “battle-weary soldier.” It is the card of someone who takes one last stand. The person who has fought many fights, but will keep going, no matter how tired he is or how many wounds he has.
It is a card of great strength and perseverance. The 9 of Wands Tarot card is the person who has experienced many challenges and obstacles in their life. This has made them vigilant and on their guard, but it can also make them paranoid and mistrustful.
The 9 of Wands can have many meanings in a Tarot reading, but the core message of the card is always the same. It is about standing your ground and pressing on, no matter the situation.
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What Does the 9 of Wands Mean?
As mentioned, the 9 of Wands Tarot card meaning is about stamina and defending one’s position.
Its main meanings are:
- Being guarded
- Protecting yourself and others
- Refusing to take ‘no’ for an answer
- Being extra vigilant
- Being difficult to get close to/suspicious of others’ motives
- Standing strong
- Seeing something through to the end
- Persisting, no matter what
What Does the 9 of Wands Mean in Love & Relationships?
If you pull the 9 of Wands in the position of someone’s feelings for you, it means they feel guarded around you. They may be reluctant to express their feelings for you or it could mean that they are wary of getting closer to you.
It can also mean that someone feels they have to handle you with care and tread carefully around you.
As for feelings, the 9 of Wands Tarot card can also mean that someone feels they are willing to go the extra mile for you and they will persevere, particularly in a romantic context.
For how someone sees you, this person sees you as someone strong and resilient.
They may see you as someone who has been burned in the past and therefore has your guard up. They may see you as someone who is difficult to get close to.
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What Does the 9 of Wands Mean in a Career Reading?
The 9 of Wands Tarot card in a career reading can indicate a career in the armed forces or special services like the police or security.
If it shows up in a career reading, it can also mean that your career will require you to be vigilant and on your guard which indicates there may be challenges ahead.
This card in a career reading can also indicate that you may need to be persistent and it will require your strength of character to succeed.
What About the 9 of Wands as an Obstacle?
As an obstacle card, the 9 of Wands indicates that there are challenges you will face in regard to the situation you are asking about and it is important for you to be wary and on your guard.
This card can also indicate paranoia and suspicion. It may be warning you that you are so guarded that your vigilance has transformed into paranoia.
You may be unwilling to let others in, even those who are able to help you.
What About the 9 of Wands in Reverse?
As a reversed card, the 9 of Wands Tarot card indicates that you are struggling to keep moving towards your goal.
Reversed, this card highlights you are feeling worn out and it is important to take a break so that you don’t burn yourself out.
Remember, the 9 of Wands is a Wands card and it represents our energy levels. In the reversed position, this card is a warning to you that you are overdoing it.
The reversed 9 of Wands can also represent someone who is not a risk-taker and their desire to stay in their comfort zone is hindering them from achieving their full potential.
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How to Make the 9 of Wands Card Work for You
There are different ways to make the 9 of Wands Tarot card work for you. Some of the most popular ways are:
1. Meditate With The Card
If this card shows up in a reading (or if you just feel like exploring it at a deeper level) meditating on it is a wonderful idea.
Find a quiet spot, play soothing meditation music, and allow your mind to drift as you stare at the imagery. What thoughts are coming to mind? What feelings does the card give you?
Writing down the results afterward is a great way to understand this card better.
2. Write Positive Affirmations Associated with this Card
The 9 of Wands is a card that represents resilience, persistence, and strength. Writing down positive affirmations for this card can be a great way to harness its energy.
Affirmations like, “I am strong and determined” or “I will succeed in my goals” are good affirmations for this card.
3. Write Down Keywords for this Card
Sometimes, making a list of keywords for a Tarot card can really help understand it better.
It also makes it easier for your subconscious mind to interpret the card when it appears in a reading. What keywords do you associate with this card? Keep a list of them to hand and refer back to them when the mood suits you.
Harness the Strength of the 9 of Wands
We are in a period of humanity when strength is being asked of many of us. This includes mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual strength.
The 9 of Wands is a representation of the times we live in. We are required to be vigilant and on our guard. We find ourselves in situations where we must persevere, no matter how difficult things become.
We are also discovering just how strong we really are. The 9 of Wands is a reminder to us of the strength that lies within each and every one of us.
Like the person on the card, we have scars and wounds to show for the battles we have fought; but these scars also show us that we are survivors and we can overcome anything that stands in our way.
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