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

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· Thoth -Apokalypsis

Above all things, know Yourself!

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Thoth-9 of Wands-Strength

#9. In thought word and deed, I rest my life, from day to day, upon the sure Foundation of Eternal Being.

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The Tarot Apokalypsis- 9 of Wands

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Thoth Tarot-9 of Wands-Strength

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The energy of Mercury in the 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. 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. It seems that 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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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.

The Angels of the Decan are: Yirthiel, and Sahiah. Therefore, 9 of Wands-Strength, is the influence of Yesod/pure crystallization 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 friend of your Survival/beast Mind

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 "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. 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 Will to Form within (Animus and Anima), in the material world of our physical bodies, where it is called "Oneness" union reveals all the 4 Worlds in a communion of the Sun (Father) and the Moon (Mother) that universally never ceases.

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 Tarot Apokalypsis-9 of Wands

The Tarot Apokalypsis-9 of Wands also carries a message of mental strength. Depicted on this card are 8 surrounding staffs of Ra, and the Female Pharoh holding another out in a show of strength. Since Wands are the fire element these staffs of Represent the fertile power of the Sun, they also reassure the populace that today's destruction will not harm their society. The Female Pharoh or Priestess is wearing the vulture crown of the Goddess Maat. Ma'at was the goddess of truth, justice, balance, and most importantly - order. In paintings, she was depicted as a woman who is either sitting or standing with an ostrich feather on her head and, in some cases, she was depicted with wings. The primary meaning of this card is perseverance in difficulties.

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Most of us can hardly see these higher worlds materialize in the world of matter. as our eyes are clouded with our own mental creations. Through its images, the fluid light of Astral matter ( Yesod-moon) connects us to the will from which they arose, giving us wisdom, and truth with our surroundings. However, without discernment, ties with the physical world will keep us from seeing the Solar Self and its spark within us.

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.

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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