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.
The energy of Mercury 9 of Wands is called, STRENGTH, yet 8 of the arrows, each of which have a cresent moon arrow head, 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 is at its bottom. Arrows symbolize the sign of the Archer, Sagittarius whose path joins Tiphareth (Sun) and to Yesod (the Moon). 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].
The 9 of Wands representsYesod in Aziluth; which is the souce of this great strength and making it The Lord of Great Strength. Plus, the weak planet, the Moon is in its natural Sephira of the Moon, Yesod so it is comfortable even in the elusive sign of Sagittarius as Yesod is also the foundation , the "seat of great crystallization of Energy"[The Book of Thoth, p. 185]. Then there is the number 9, which is the purest form of energy in its suit. Hence, here it is the puest crystallization of Energy. The Angels of the Decan are: Yirthiel, and Sahiah.
The 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, being 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.
The 9 of Wands also emphasizes the influencing strength of Woman/ Moon in this card. The Thoth Deck Wand is a stylized Sun-phallus; the Womb wields the phallic "Will to Force", by its "Will to Form". This is not a new concept as the ancient Egyptians believed that the Moon pulled the Sun across the sky. 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. As stated but not often realized, The Thoth Deck 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 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 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, the material world of our physical bodies, it is called an "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".
The Gothic Tarot-IX of Wands, doesn't imply any Tarot knowledge at all. However, there is the number 9, which is shown by the 9 golden dragons. 9 being the number of the Sephiroth-Yesod-Foundation and the number of the purest form of the element of the Suit in this case, the purest form of crystallized fire/light/energy. The Thoth description of the 9 of Wands applies here.
When the 9 of Wands, is thrown during a divination, 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, and therefore, will not lack the strength to do so.
- The 9 of Wands also implies that energy is brought back into balance, thus health restored.
- 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 and magnetic energy, taking whatever action is necessary to restore balance and thus enable the Mind. (Moon is ruler of the Sub-conscious).
- Intelletual and emotional harmony.
If ill defined by the surrounding cards in the layout:
- Pyschological injuries.
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