The Thoth 9 of Wands is called, STRENGTH.
The 9 of Wands represents Yesod in Aziluth; it is The Lord of Great Strength. Its 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 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 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 phallus. This is not a new concept as the ancient Egyptians believed that the Moon pulled the Sun across the sky and the hands of the Queens and Princesses of Tarot, are shown the Wand/Phallus power that she invokes.
The good health and strength of this card is certain, but it harbors doubt about the later course it may take. For it is Will Power which can often get what needs done, done, but not always. 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.
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. 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 Magnetic Female receptivity. Together, all that is Living Form, is from the information in this flow and its reception.
When we, as a personality, hermetically marry both the Male Will to Force and the Female Will to Form within our brains, (Conscious and Unconscious), 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 Self, is directed downward into the "reflection of being". The Original Will taking Form on the Sephiroth of Yesod-the foundation of all form.
The Tarot of The Ages- Nine of Batons, depicts a strong man wrestling down an antelope. This is reminiscent of the Sumerian Hero, Gilgamesh overthrowing the Bull of heaven. Both images imply the slow powerful struggle within between the animal instincts and the Psyche of the Spiritual Soul. Eventually, with infatigable strength the Soul's Will Power overcomes the animal brain, and turns it into a perfect reflection of the Soul by exorcising the Patriarchal indoctrination and dogma. The secret is to just keep at it by using both rational and imaginative thought. Such as, "I Am the will and the way, I. am the Wealth , I own the day". For the "I AM" is the source of identity, not the propaganda of rulers. By using meditation techniques, and daily declarations, we fulfill all the requirements that will marry the Anima (Spirit-Will) and the Animus (Soul-Psyche) in the honeymoon suite that is the body. Hence, the Qabalistic Declarations of the Truth About Self- Trestle Board. By willfully reading this everyday, one begins to replace the lies of the Patriarchy, with the Strength and Truth of Whole Self. Above all things, know yourself.
The Tarot of The Ages, Nine of Batons, shows the fiery sky implying the universal element of fire. The Batons, form a fence behind the wrestling couple, for this is where the challenge ends. Strength of Spirit- Mind-Body, combined, defeat all obstacles.
When the 9 of Wands-Strength and the Nine of Batons, are 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.
- 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 Subconscious).
- Expectations of difficulty and changes.
- Awaiting tribulation.
- Hidden enemies.
- A pause in the current struggle.
If ill defined by the surrounding cards (In western Qabalah, reversed cards are seen only as normal card handling):
- Barriers to overcome.
- Ill health.
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