The Witches Tarot- Nine of Wands, depicts a Warrior Witch, in an attack-defense stance while holding a blooming Hawthorne Wand as if it were a quarter staff. With red hair, red tunic with embroidered dragon herald and a protection amulet of a pentagram that is around her neck, she is all Fire; the element of the Wands Tarot cards. As if creating a barrier, eight other wands form at her back. The scene is of a contest coming to an end, as we see the setting sun casting long shadows. Hence, the diligence of this Warrior Witch has paid her well.
At her feet, bloom St. John's Wort, which in the language of flowers is associated with fire and represents physical and magical protection. St. John's Wort is also the official flower of Midsummer Sabat of Litha. Litha is one of the smaller Wiccan Sabats (Sabbats) and is usually celebrated on June 21st, but sometimes it can vary from June 20th to 23rd, depending on the rotation of earth around the sun.
Therefore, when the Nine of Wands shows up in a divination, it is a notice to be on-guard against trouble, gossip, mischief and baneful magics. Stamina, courage and conviction are needed at this time.
The Thoth Tarot- 9 of Wands is called, STRENGTH and represents Yesod/|Foundation 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.
Therefore, 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 Tarot 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.
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 of Tarot, may be considered the best that can be obtained from the type of forces involved, when regarded from a practical- material standpoint.
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. 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 this flow and reception.
When we, as personalities of Mercury, hermetically marry both the Male Will to Force (E-motion) and the Female Will to Form (Imagination) within, 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-Self", i.e. Malkuth. Here, Passion empowers the Imagination.
When the 9 of Wands-Strength is 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 Sub-conscious).
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