THE THOTH 9 OF WANDS: STRENGTH.
Astrologically this card is Moon in Sagittarius; the Lunar powers of reflection and illusion acquire great strength in Sagittarius which is a double sided coin.
This double meaning implies that successes are accompanied by strife and apprehension, requiring a strong union of Will to accomplish them.
the 9 of Wands card represents Yesod (Foundation) in Atziluth (The World of Pure
Spirit) . Now the world of Pure Spirit is Pure Energy Conscious, a
Purity of Mind that isn't known to harbor empathy, doubt, indecision or
anything but the purity of thought. It is the Great Strength of Will which can drive a body mercilessly.
Passions at the expense of the physical can happen in this state of
Mind but recovery from any illness rendered is assured.
The Divination meaning of this card is great strength, power, recovery from sickness.
This card represents a union that is Spiritual Power (Spiraling Energy) , potency, force and internal
strength----A powerful flow of Serpentine Force and/or Kundalini (Sex
force) that drives the Great Lust of Will To Be of the Universal
This is the Same Strong force felt
by a student when
learning from a Master Teacher who Channels directly from Kether (Solar
Crown on the Middle Energy pillar), connected to the Moon (Binah who is
Goddess Mother) depicted on this card. Often the Student will become
excited molecularity, causing internal heat, as well as mentally, causing strong focus on thought patterns and may have to "ground" their
energetic excitement before they can either eat or sleep.
This force of Spiritual
Strength, overcomes any physical resistance to motion and thus if ill
directed can have negative results. Either way, what is implied is that the querent will be
arriving at peak experience in 9 days, 9 weeks or 9 months depending on
the Strength being channeled, which is determined by the surrounding
cards in the reading. Anyway you look at it, delays are over and swift
progress is being made.
This card is about Great Strength in Union, When
the God and Goddess, The Divine Creative, dance in your Soul (Inner Self) and "All things great
and small are created". But if you lean too far towards imbalance, where
the electric (Force-Male) and the Magnetic (Magnetic Force-Female) are
not dancing in the same rhythm, all emotional (energy -in -motion) goes
to what you concentrate on most. Since for the mundane, what they fear
is what they focus on most, all hell could be breaking loose!
Therefore this card also advises us to stop----take a few deep
breaths----and focus on I AM-health-wealth and well being, honoring the God and Goddess in each other, before releasing the Power of Spiritual Will (Will
to force and will to form)!
Spiritual Will is the Spiral
Dance of the
Communion of Goddess/God; Electric and Magnetic forces intertwined. It
is a weaving of Power that roars in the passion of "It Will Be Done!" . I , along with a Dakini have often Channeled this Dance of Power in Tantra Magic Ritual, and I
know from personal experience, that such Great Strength, as in any
powerful flow of energy, leaves behind a residue of heat, and if you
are a wide open
channel---a lot of bright heat
on the emotional, mental, and physical planes! Your many dimensions of Self become purified in a Divine Alchemy of Union. Therefore a tempering of the physiology is required and it is best to practice pranic
breathing exercises (Prana is a Hindu name for "Life Force") before
ever attempting to invoke the Shakti-Shiva Dance of Creation in Ritualized Tantra! But for
the untrained individual this is a Strength of Will, that isn't
optimized, but is unusual and is exciting.
Again, the 9 of Wands, is Yesod in Aziluth; it is The Lord of Great Strength. It's Planet is the Moon and the sign is Sagittarius. Placing the Power of the Electric Father, in perfect Harmony with the Power of the Magnetic Mother, forming the Foundation of all Living Creation!
Angels of the Decan are: Yirthiel, and Sahiah.
Thoth 9 of Wands-Strength
, as stated, is the influence of Yesod in the World of
pure spirit, here Pure Spirit is willing to create all that is Passion/Lust---including the Passions devoted to fear based thought! The Lunar powers do acquire great strength in Sagittarius,
but being the Moon, there are two sides to this "coin", as in bright side/dark side. Meaning, that
successes are usually acquired by strife, apprehension and moments of
insecurity. This is because great motion, involves great friction caused by the duality of motion and entropy and/or "movement and repose", of which all forms are made.
The good health and strength
implied in this card are certain, but it harbors doubt about the later
course they may take. It is best to know the aphorism: "Change is
Stability", when viewing this card.
The Nines may be considered the best that can be obtained from the type of forces involved, when regarded from a practical-material standpoint. Here the forces involved are "Will to force" and "will to form", implying that by force of will and will to form, it will be formed...whatever it is. "Will to form", is the birth mother giving form to the imagined. Will to force, is the E-Motion, that forces it along to the magnetic vessel of imagination to be formed! Therefore, the old Axiom, "Watch what you wish for," is a applicable!
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 of form. 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 reception. When we, as Magi, master both the Male
Force and the Female force within, it is called a "Oneness", but a
oneness formed by a cooperation of dual wills; will to force and will to
form. This dual union of wills, reveals all the 4 Worlds in a communion
of the Sun (Father-Will to Force) and the Moon (Mother-Will to Form)
that never ceases. The Tenfold flames of the card, imply that the Energy
of the Solar Logos, is directed down ward into the "reflection of
being". Therefore, what you apply the most emotion to, will become YOU! The upside is that you become indefatigable in this state of Spirit body union and will overcome all obstacles!
The Babylonian Tarot, 9 of Wands/Power, depicts the image of the indefatigable Gilgamesh, as described in the tablet V of the Sumerian epic.
The hero Gilgamesh, is shown holding the head of Humbaba, a powerful monster guardian of the Cedar forest, appointed as guardian by the god Ellil.
However, Gilgamesh, did not do this deed alone, for it was a conspiracy of the friends Enkidu and Gilgamesh and the Sun god Shamash that did the murderous deed. While Shamash assaulted the Monster with ferocious winds, Humbaba pleads for his life, but Enkidu argues that the monster must die, so Gilgamesh kills him and cuts off his head for a trophy. All this mayhem was done to procure the cedar trees, with one specifically for door planks, to serve as lumber to Ellil's temple in the city of Uruk.
To aid us in the understanding, that only after severe effort, will one succeed, Gilgamesh is shown triumphantly displaying the head of Humbaba, while also sporting the wounds of battle on his legs and arms.
Nine wands are shown above him, six upright and in balance, and three crossed in power and victory. The cuneiform symbol for the number nine is on the lower right.
When this card is thrown during a reading, it implies:
- Internal strength, recovery from illness, potency and spiritual force.
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 Creative Mind (Moon is ruler of the Sub-conscious).
- Unassailable in strength and energy.
- Self discipline.
- Seeking justice and fairness.
If ill defined by the surrounding cards:
- Battle scarred.
- Adversity, obstacles and delay.
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