Nine of Wands
The Basic Meaning of the Card (Rider-Waite)
The Nine of Wands is the ninth card in the Tarot’s Minor Arcana within the Wands suit and symbolizes endurance, determination and vigilance. The card’s image shows a person holding a wand and standing in front of eight other wands, indicating that they are ready to defend themselves and their territory. It represents that sometimes we must be vigilant and persistent in our efforts to protect what we have worked hard to achieve.
When the Nine of Wands appears upright in a Tarot reading, it signifies a time of endurance, determination and vigilance. The card urges you to be prepared to defend what you have worked for and to hold firm to your convictions even when faced with opposition or challenges. It is a time for being strong and fighting for what you believe in, as well as being watchful and aware of any threats or dangers that may come your way.
If the Nine of Wands is reversed in a reading, it can indicate that you are feeling tired and exhausted from ongoing pressures or that you are struggling to stand up against opposition or challenges. It can also mean that you are overly protective or paranoid. The card urges you to find balance between being vigilant and trusting in your abilities, as well as taking care of yourself and your own wellbeing so that you have strength to face any challenges or threats.
If the Nine of Wands appears in a reading alongside the Queen of Pentacles and Three of Swords, it can be interpreted as that through endurance and determination (Nine of Wands) you will achieve material security and wellbeing (Queen of Pentacles). But it can also mean that you will encounter some heartbreaking or painful experiences (Three of Swords) along the way. The card urges you to be vigilant and persistent, while also taking care of your emotional wellbeing and processing any emotions that may arise.