The Tarot of Eli, LLC-Minor Arcana: Thoth Tarot- 9 of Wands-Strength & The Lost Soul Tarot-9 of Wands.

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Thoth-9 of Wands-Strength

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The Lost Soul Tarot-9 of Wands

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Thoth Tarot-9 of Wands-Strength

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The energy of Mercury in the Thoth 9 of Wands is called STRENGTH. Illustrated on the Thoth Card are 8 of the arrows, each of which have a crescent moon arrowhead, and 8 moons for feathers, all of which are in a balanced x-crossing the Main Central Wand that is topped by the Sun and the Moon at its bottom making an X pattern. Interestingly, as a Rune, X, represents a gift and/or a wild ox, appreciated for its strength and power. It stands for internal mental fortitude with the will to face challenges, and new beginnings. For men, it represents manhood/balanced by the feminine and for women, it stands for femininity balanced by masculinity.

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Rune X-Wild Ox

Lady Frieda Harris, the artist, implied this image of strength as a union of the Sun (male) and the Moon (Female). Arrows symbolize the sign of the Archer, Sagittarius whose path joins Tiphareth (Sun) and to Yesod (the Moon). In astrology, a Sagittarius Moon Sign describes your instinctive or emotional energies, your innate reactions, and the things you need to feel comfortable or secure. Hence, Crowley writes, "Here the Moon, the weakest of the planets, is in Sagittarius, the most elusive of signs; yet it dares call itself Strength." [The Book of Thoth, p., 186].

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The Moon in Sagittarius in astrology is believed to influence emotional tendencies and behaviors in alignment with the traits associated with the Sagittarius zodiac sign. Here are some characteristics of the Moon in the house of Sagittarius:

  1. Optimistic Emotions: Individuals with the Moon in Sagittarius often have an optimistic and positive approach to their emotions. They tend to see the brighter side of life and are generally cheerful.

  2. Adventurous Nature: Emotional fulfillment for these individuals often comes through exploration and adventure. They may seek excitement and new experiences to satisfy their emotional needs.

  3. Freedom-Loving: Moon in Sagittarius individuals value their freedom and independence in emotional matters. They may feel constrained by too much routine or restrictions, preferring a more open and flexible approach.

  4. Philosophical Reflection: Emotional responses are often influenced by a philosophical perspective. These individuals may reflect on their feelings, seeking deeper meanings and understanding the emotional aspects of life.

  5. Direct Communication: They tend to express their emotions openly and directly. Honest communication is important to them, and they may find it challenging to navigate around indirect or subtle expressions of feelings.

  6. Generosity and Empathy: Moon in Sagittarius individuals are generally generous and empathetic. They may feel emotionally fulfilled when helping others or engaging in acts of kindness.

  7. Restless Energy: There can be a sense of restlessness in their emotional nature, leading them to seek variety and change. Routine may feel confining, and they may need constant mental and emotional stimulation.

It's important to note that the complete astrological profile involves considering the positions of other planets, the Ascendant, and more. Individual birth charts provide a more detailed and accurate analysis of an individual's personality and emotional tendencies.

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Western Hermetic Qabalah-Tree of Life

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The 9 of Wands represents Yesod in Aziluth; which is the source of this great strength thereby, making it The Lord of Great Strength. Plus, the weak planet, the Moon is in its natural Sephiroth of the Moon, Yesod, as Yesod is also the foundation, the "seat of great crystallization of Energy"[The Book of Thoth, p. 185], making it comfortable even in the elusive sign of Sagittarius. Then there is the number 9, which is the purest form of energy in its suit. Hence, here it is the purest crystallization of Energy.

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The Angels of the Decan are: Yirthiel, and Sahiah. Therefore, 9 of Wands-Strength, is the influence of Yesod/pure crystallization and/or coagulation of Energy in the World of pure Spirit. The Lunar powers do acquire great strength in Sagittarius, as the Strength is in the ability of perpetual change. However, with the Moon, there are two sides to this "coin". Meaning, that successes are usually acquired by strife, apprehension, and moments of insecurity, for the Moon also governs the survival mind of the animal-subconscious and all its illusions of fear-based thinking.

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It is good to make a tough love friend of your Survival/beast Mind some call the "shadow side"(the subconscious).

The 9 of Wands also emphasizes the influencing strength of Woman/ Moon in this card, as her love, empathy and caring tame the "beast's" will-to-force; fear always subsides when faced with true love. The Thoth Wand is a stylized Sun-phallus; the Womb-Moon wields the phallic "Will-to-Force" by its enclosing it in "Will-to-Form". This is not a new concept as the ancient Egyptians believed that the Moon pulled the Sun across the sky. This idea corresponds to the fact that the negative pole (electron-moon), attracts the energy flow from the positive pole (positron-sun). Hence, 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 axiom: "Change is Stability", when viewing this card. Implying there is great strength in flexibility. This is well shown in nature, as great ridged trees are blown down in a heavy wind, while the flexible grasses suffer no damage.

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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. As stated but not often realized, the Thoth- 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 its point implying, foundation and that even though Sagittarius joins the Sun and the Moon, the Greatest Strength is the balance and grounding of this coupling flow.

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In gematria, which is a traditional Jewish and Qabalistic system of assigning numerical value to a word or phrase, the number 9 holds various symbolic and mystical significances. Here are some characteristics and interpretations associated with the number 9 in gematria:

1. Spiritual Significance

  • Completion and Fulfillment: The number 9 is often associated with the idea of completeness and fulfillment. It is seen as the last single-digit number, symbolizing the end of a cycle before the new beginning represented by the number 10.
  • Truth and Wisdom: Nine is linked with truth and the pursuit of wisdom. In Kabbalistic thought, it represents the sephirah Yesod on the Tree of Life, which stands for foundation and the channel through which spiritual energy flows into the physical world.

2. Biblical References

  • Fruits of the Spirit: In the New Testament, there are nine fruits of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22-23, which include love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
  • Nine Beatitudes: In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus presents nine beatitudes, which are blessings listed in the Gospel of Matthew.

3. Mathematical Properties

  • Divine Completeness: The number 9 is unique in its mathematical properties. For instance, any number multiplied by 9, when reduced by summing the digits, will result in 9 (e.g., 9 x 3 = 27; 2 + 7 = 9).
  • Self-Reflecting: Nine is considered a "self-reflecting" number because of this repetitive pattern.

4. Cultural and Mystical Associations

  • Humanitarianism and Altruism: In numerology, which often overlaps with gematria, the number 9 is associated with humanitarianism, altruism, and serving others. People influenced by this number are seen as compassionate and eager to make the world a better place.
  • Finality and Renewal: Nine represents the final stage before the renewal or rebirth associated with the number 10. This dual aspect signifies both the culmination of a process and the anticipation of a new beginning.

5. Hebrew Letters and Words

  • Teth (ט): The Hebrew letter Teth corresponds to the number 9. It symbolizes good and evil and is often associated with the concept of concealment and potential.
  • Emet (אמת): The word for truth in Hebrew, "Emet" (אמת), has a gematria value of 9 (Aleph = 1, Mem = 40, Tav = 400; 1 + 40 + 400 = 441; 4 + 4 + 1 = 9). This underscores the association of 9 with truth.

6. Kabbalistic Interpretations

  • Yesod: In the Kabbalistic Tree of Life, the ninth sephirah is Yesod, which translates to "Foundation." It is a critical channel that connects the spiritual realms to the material world and is associated with generative power and connection.

The number 9 in gematria, therefore, carries deep and multifaceted meanings, ranging from the concept of ultimate truth and wisdom to the ideas of completion, humanitarianism, and the bridge between the spiritual and physical realms.

The flow of Electric Male and Magnetic Female receptivity; Together, all that is Living Form, is from this flow and reception. When we, as Suns/Souls, hermetically marry both the Male Will-to-Force and the Female Wil- to-Form within (Animus and Anima), in the material world of our physical bodies, where this union is called "Oneness"; union reveals all the 4 Worlds in a communion of the Sun (Father) and the Moon (Mother) that universally never ceases.

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The Tenfold flames of the card, imply that the Energy of the Solar Logos, is directed downward into the "reflection of being" turning the body into the "honeymoon suite" of the Divine-2 who now equal 1. When this card shows up in a reading, it is also good to expect a change in one's life. However, this is a change for the purpose of instilling strength, either in health (recovery from illness) or in the character of the individual.

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The Lost Soul Tarot-9 of Wands

The Lost Soul Tarot- 9 of Wands is similar to a more traditional tarot art than the Thoth Card. Much like the Rider-Waite-Smith 9 of wands, without a wounded "bad ass" standing firm and ready to defend himself; here the "bad ass" is a central wand. We have an image of a life full of trials and tribulations, but determination has enabled the central wand to conquer all obstacles. Hence, when this card is thrown it states that your mantra is "keep going on". The wands are all shown in a powerful structure that is very stable and fertile.

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Rider-Waite-Smith-Nine of wands

Hence, one realizes there is no bad-black and good-white, all is combined in life as learning and knowledge through in-form-action. Here you get in life what your head puts out. Failure only comes when one quits. The truth is that everything is a failure until it isn't.

When the 9 of wands is thrown during a divination it implies:

  • Strength, power, health.
  • Tremendous and steady force that cannot be shaken.
  • Herculean strength is sometimes specifically applied.
  • Remarkable success, but with strife and energy.
  • Health good, and recovery not in doubt.
  • Generous, questioning, and curious. 
  • Fond of external appearance.
  • Maintaining diligence.

If reversed, it implies:

  • Victory, preceded by apprehension and fear.
  • Intractable.
  • Obstinate. 
  • Your suspicion, stubbornness, lack of initiative and selfishness result in failure.

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