The Tarot of the Old Path Card, the Nine of Rods, is the Thoth Tarot- 9 of Wands-Strength:
Both Tarot Cards, represent the Element of Fire (The Fiery Energy of Spirit).
And in the Tarot of the Old Path, the fiery element is implied in the color of the woman's clothing and at the tip of the birch rod that she is wielding.
The flaming birch rod is a symbol of her will, strength and active energy. She is ever alert, surrounded by a wall of birch rods with sharpened tips, a strong defensive position. The primary suggestion of this card seems to be one of dedication to defend one's position. Preparedness and being on guard to insure success.
The 9 of Wands,of the Thoth Tarot, is of the Hermetic Qabalah and therefore, tied to the Qabalistic Tree of Life; Sephiroth #9- Yesod in Aziluth. It is The Lord of Great Strength. It's Planet is the Moon and the sign is Sagittarius.
Angels of the Decan are: Yirthiel, and Sahiah.
The 9 of Wands-Strength, is the influence of Yesod in the World of pure spirit.
The Lunar powers of Yesod, do acquire great strength in Sagittarius, but being the Moon, there are two sides to this "coin". Meaning, that successes are usually acquired by strife, apprehension and moments of insecurity.
The good health and strength of this card is certain, but it harbors doubt about the later course it may take. It is best to know the aphorism: "Change is Stability", when viewing this card.
The 9's may be considered the best that can be obtained from the type of forces involved, when regarded from a practical- material standpoint. Thus this 9 of Wands implies the best willful defense that Spiritual Passion can provide in the physical world.
The Thoth Tarot- 9 of Wands, shows 8 background Wands as Arrows (Sagittarius influence) and one Master Arrow in the forefront, sporting a Sun at one end as a driving force, and a Moon at the other end as it's point. This implies that Sagittarius joins the Sun and the Moon, and that the Greatest Strength is the Balance of this coupling flow. The flow of Electric Male and to the Magnetic Female . Together, all that is Living Form, is from this flow and reception.
When we as a personality, become a marriage of equilibrium of both the Male Force (Will to Force) and the Female force (Will to Form) within, it is called a "Oneness" and it reveals all the 4 Worlds in a communion of the Sun (Father) and the Moon (Mother) that never ceases.
The Tenfold flames of the card, imply that the Energy of the Solar Logos, is directed down ward into the "reflection of being". Creatively, this card implies a peek experience in ability were one sees clearly and accurately, leading to solid creations that will have the strength to endure over time. Here the Energy of the Spirit is rapid, interchanging both electric-masculine and feminine- magnetic energy, taking whatever action is necessary to restore balance and thus enable the Mind (Moon is ruler of the Sub-conscious).
When this card is thrown during a reading;
- It implies internal strength, recovery from illness,
- Potency and spiritual force.
- Yet, it is Moon in Yesod, so one may have to defend their ideas, but because of Sagittarius, will not lack the strength to do so.
- The 9 of Wands also implies that energy is brought back into balance, thus health restored.
- Intellectual and emotional harmony.
- The pressing search for that which is different.
- Psychological injuries.
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