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. Illustrated are 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. 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, will to face challenges, and new beginnings. For men, it represents manhood and for women, it stands for femininity. It seems that Lady Frieda Harris, the artist, implied this image of strength also. 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].
The 9 of Wands represents
Yesod 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 Sephiroth 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-subconscious.
The 9 of Wands also emphasizes the influencing strength of Woman/ Moon in this card. The Thoth Wand is a stylized Sun-phallus; the Womb-Moon 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 axiom: "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- 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 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), the material world of our physical bodies, it is called "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".
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.
Haindl Tarot-9 of Wands-Power
The Haindl Tarot-9 of Wands-Power, uses a change of title from that of the Thoth Strength card. This is because Haindl changed the German title and not the English. The German title was
Starke, a word which implies physical strength. However, the new name, Macht, give the card a wider meaning as it is closest to the English word Power.
In the upper left corner of this card, is displayed the I-Ching hexagram 7, SHIH, meaning "The Army" according to Wilhelm and/or "Collective Force" according to Wing. Either way, it means that people must work as a collective force to win and struggle. Power is an English word, meaning, the ability to do work and therefore, covers many actions, emotionally, mentally, spiritually and physically. Implying, that power must have a purpose in order to be collectively expressed. There is always great strength in a collective focused on a goal.
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) to perform its work.
- Intelletual and emotional harmony.
- Great energy.
If ill defined by the surrounding cards in the layout (Thoth) or reversed (Haindl) it implies:
- Pyschological injuries.
- Misuse of power.