Are you feeling defensive a lot? Has the past made it difficult for you to let your guard down and just enjoy BEING? This is the first lesson that comes with the 9 of Wands: To learn from past mistakes without allowing their consequences to determine your future choices in a negative/pessimistic way.
Confidence and grace will always keep you far safer than fear and mistrust.
You have learned a lot and come a long way already. But don’t settle for knowing who you are if who you currently are is making you unhappy. The power to change still lies within, no matter how old your negative thought patterns are or how deep those beliefs go… Believe in change and you will see it.
The second lesson is that of vigilance. The 9 of Wands is the sentinel, primarily of his own soul, but he can also act as a bulwark against evil and oppression in society.
Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.
1 Cor 16:13
Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall.
1 Corinthians 10:12
Affirmation: “I remain confident, vigilant and alert.”
9 of Wands Prayer
Dear Mother-Father God, thank you for the lessons that enable me to find sound personal boundaries. Help me stay alert and on guard against all evil. Amen and so it is!
Correspondences for the 9 of Wands
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
Planet: The Moon
Archangel: Michael, ruler of the Element of Fire
Gemstone: Lapis lazuli and selenite
Essential oils: Frankincense and jasmine
9 of Wands in Love and Relationships
Like the 4 of Pentacles, the 9 of wands is a card of personal boundaries. Often it indicates a need to draw new boundaries after break-ups and betrayals. Depending on the spirit with which these lessons are greeted, the person represented by this card can either choose to implement sound boundaries or become jaded and cynical. The latter leads to isolation and an unwillingness to share oneself with others.
To the relationship, the 9 of Wands can be a card of great strength if well-dignified. It can mean that you have learned to respect each other’s differences and that you have reached a level of immunity against petty arguments. You are able to see the other person’s true nature and intentions and simply have no need to sweat the small stuff anymore.
On the other hand, if ill-dignified, the 9 of Wands could mean that one or both of you are constantly walking on eggshells around the other. There could be a tendency to take everything personally and lash out.
Sexually, going back to the upright or well-dignified card meaning, this can be a card of great passion and transcendence in the sexual experience. You can see this as the ability to channel the kundalini life force during the climax.
Single and looking
To a single person, the 9 of Wands can be seen as an indication of a need to take stock of the past and make sure that lessons are integrated without cynicism as a byproduct.
If the Seeker integrates the lessons successfully, there is great strength and visionary ability with this card. It is not likely that the Seeker will settle for anything less than they deserve next time.
The Marseille Tarot image in this post is from the CBD Tarot by Yoav Ben-Dov.