In the Nine of Wands, we have , from a practical and material
standpoint, the best that can be had from the suit of Fire (Spirit).
Too emphasize this point The Thoth Deck 9 of Wands is called STRENGTH and assigns the Moon to Sagittarius, doubling the influence of the Moon on the
Tree of Life which may be seen as "Change is Stability".
The Thoth Wands
are now arrows, eight background and One Master Arrow in the center.
The Master Arrow, has the Moon for its point and the Sun as the driving
force behind it: Sagittarius, as a path on the Tree of Life, joins both
the Sun and the Moon.
The Ten fold flames imply that the force is
directed downward, as 10 is the number of Malkuth (Kingdom) and/or the
Symbolically, the Strength of the Union of the
Sun and the Moon, makes all life possible on Earth. Thus, the Strength
of the Union between Male and Female, makes all living things possible
on Earth,as well as the greater universe.
Thus, it is a clever evil indeed to install the concept
of a "battle between the Sexes", for only weakness can be made manifest
from such a divisive perspective. Remember, Perspective is everything,
when it comes to the creation of Reality.
Nine is also the number
of Yesod (Foundation) on the Tree of Life which brings energy back into
balance. Therefore, the equal balance of the Male electric and the
Female magnetic in our Mind, body and Soul, is a complete Strength that
cannot be defeated. The fantasy of "separate" sexes, often doesn't allow
full mental /emotional development of our self-identity for this denies
the Truth that we are all Androgyny and promotes possession as love. It
is the perfect balance of the Female and Male, that makes all of us
Whole. We are both Rational (Male-Sun) and Imaginative (Female-Moon); by
balancing both, we become Powerful operators of Form. The strong Mind
knows that,"everything I see is another way of being Me."
Rider-Waite's 9 of WANDS, sticks to the mundane meaning of strength after recovery from battle, or sickness. Behind the bandaged,man who is holding his wand/staff/phallus defensively, are the other eight wands standing as an impenetrable fence. The whole card ignores the strength of female and male union, and only shows male force as male phallic wands and a man. Waite seems to have suffered from the Patriarchal indoctrination of his time. Again the process of the occult (Invisible or hidden) in not shown, nor is a greater understanding of self generated. These two are the primary reasons that make me a Reader of the Thoth Deck.
thrown during a reading, the Nine of Wands implies:
- Great strength, power
and recovery from sickness.
- A tremendous inner force that can't be
shaken but fear and apprehension will try, without success.
illusion of doubt may rear its ugly head, but success will prevail.
- That with
the Moon's influence, Illusion is always prevalent, such is the burden
of imagination; However, there is such a great strength of Will present,
as shown by the Sun as a driving force, that despite the strife and
self doubt, the querent will succeed in all endeavors.
- Imagination may
be a burden, but if used properly, by balancing it with rational
thought, it is so light a burden that it becomes pleasurable creativity.
- The Strength of the Fiery balance of Spirit and Body, is all potential
and has no known limits.
Thank you for your interest and comments. May you live long and prosper!