Deck: Standard Rider-Waite Tarot
Suit: Wands (element of fire – creativity, action, passion, ambition)
Element: Fire (energy, assertiveness)
Number: 9 (completion, a time of review, progress)
Planet: Moon (subconscious/unconscious, instincts, emotions, intuition, divine feminine, yin energy)
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius (philosophy, intelligence, honesty, versatility, optimism, kindness, open-mindedness, funny, curiosity, enthusiasm, independence, progressive thoughts and actions, being adventurous and unpredictable, restless, tactless, uncommitted, detached)
Chakra: Solar Plexus/Navel (Manipura – vitality, will, determination; when balanced, we feel in control of our lives and that our actions have meaning; when imbalanced, we act out of greed, and seek validation outside of ourselves)
I-Ching Hexagram: Zhong fu (staying focused on your inner truth, avoiding misrepresentation)
Colors: Brown (earth, grounded, manifestation, commitment); Green (prosperity, growth, money, nature)
The Nine of Wands may appear reversed when your past experiences, or lack of experience, is holding you, or someone you know, back.
You may be completely closed to new experiences due to past failures or hurts. If this is the case, ask yourself, “What is the worst that could happen?” If the answer is something you could live with, maybe you should take a risk and go for it!
You may not have the experience necessary to solve a problem in your current situation. Don’t be too proud to ask for help from someone who does have the experience and know-how to help you out of your jam.
You could give someone advice based solely on your own experience of similar situations. Keep in mind that what worked for you or what was true for you may not work for or be true for others. Alternatively, someone in your life may be acting foolishly despite your advice. Sometimes, people need to “learn the hard way”.
Finally, the Nine of Wands reversed could be advising you to keep your guard up privately. By all means, try new things and savor the spice of life, but trust your conscience, instincts, and intuition to guide you in setting and maintaining the necessary boundaries.
Take-away Message: You are SO close to completion or success in some aspect of your life. This last part, though, feels really hard. Especially today. Past experiences may be bringing up old doubts for you. Don’t give up, and don’t give in. You have within you the strength and wisdom to get it done. So, go do it!