The Tarot of the Old Path Card, the 9 of Rods, is the Thoth Deck 9 of Wands-Strength.
Both represent the Element of Fire (The Fiery Energy of Spirit).
And in the Tarot of the Old Path, the fiery element is implied in the color of the woman's clothing and at the tip of the birch rod that she is wielding.
The flaming birch rod is a symbol of her will, strength and active energy.She is ever alert, surrounded by a wall of birch rods with sharpened tips, a strong defensive position. The primary suggestion of this card seems to be one of dedication to defend one's position. Preparedness and being on guard to insure success.
The 9 of Wands,of the Thoth Deck,is Yesod in Aziluth; it is The Lord of Great Strength. It's Planet is the Moon and the sign is Sagittarius.
Angels of the Decan are: Yirthiel, and Sahiah.
9 of Wands-Strength, is the influence of Yesod in the World of pure
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.[illustration of Four Worlds, from the book: THE QABALISTIC
TAROT, by Robert Wang]
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
The Nines may be considered the best that can be obtained
from the type of forces involved, when regarded from a practical-
material standpoint. Thus this 9 of Wands implies the best willful defense that Spiritual Passion can provide in the physical world.
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 it's 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
When we, as Magi, master both the Male Force and the Female
force within,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
The Tenfold flames of the card, imply that the Energy of the
Solar Logos, is directed down ward into the "reflection of being'.
this card 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.
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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