Some might make links between this card and the 7 of Wands. However, whereas the ‘7‘ concerns battling against new opposition, the 9 of Wands suggests a conflict which has been going on for some time and is nearing a conclusion. What is important to the individual in this card is that he lasts out to the bitter end.
This card will come up when we are defending something or someone; this could even be an idea or a concept. Whatever this card concerns, it asks the person who is being read for an important question: is it worth the fight?
In some readings, the fight will be worth it. The wounds inflicted through battle and conquest are part and parcel of achieving your goal and making it to the end. In other situations, a client might ask them self why they are holding on to something which is only causing them pain and difficulty. Many of the cards in the suit of Wands show strife and burden. Whether we walk away from that or decide to keep hold of our wand with determination and the last resources of our strength depends on how important and worthy the cause is.
The Ace of Pentacles could represent our personal finances or some kind of new financial enterprise. It could concern our health or a new beginning in the physical world. Maybe we are protecting our assets.
The 9 of Wands sets out to nurture new physical endeavours at any cost. This pairing might suggest needed-protection, but in a badly-aspected reading, could also concern the stifling of a person or thing and our not allowing them to grow naturally.
The queen in this card sits at her desk. She scratches her head (or mind) with her pencil as she reads the manuscript in her hand.
This lady is a nurturer of thoughts. She could be protective over new ideas, but this card might also describe her natural need to guard herself from the intrusion or viewpoints of others. The 9 of Wands does nothing to soften this lady and could describe someone with a powerful set of opinions, who is not afraid to stand up and defend her corner.
The guy in the ‘3‘ has a band-aid over his bleeding heart and feels pain. Harsh words, argument or betrayal have infected the wound.
In this scenario, the wounded soldier in the 9 of Wands seeks to protect an already aching heart. It is likely that he has been hurt and doesn’t wish to put himself in a similar position again.
This is one of those occasions where we ask the question ‘Is it worth the fight? Nobody wants to have their heart-broken but we can not hide our self from others forever. Unfortunately, the flip-side of love is grief and heartbreak. We can not have one without risking the other.
© Steven Bright Tiferet Tarot 2014
Illustrations by Steven Bright