The Qabalistic Thoth Deck 9 of Wands-Strength
, is about the Spiritual Strength that comes form the Union and Balance of Male-Electric (Sun) and Female Magnetic (Moon)----a strength that we all have, if we are not being a "man-made male" or a "man-made female" but rather the Divine Androgyny we really are.
The Nine of Wands, refers to Yesod (Foundation) and brings the energy back into balance. This can be seen by the illustration of the central wand with the Sun on one end and the Moon on the other.
The number 9 always represents the fullest development of the Force in its relationship with the Forces above it. From a practical and material standpoint, the Nine may be considered as the best that can be obtained from the type involved.
In the Qabalistic Thoth Tarot-The four Nines are attributed to Yesod (Foundation) and after the double incursion into misfortune the energy current has returned to the middle pillar. Balance is restored and energy has crystallized to form the foundation of all things. Yesod is in direct line with Tiphareth (Beauty-the Christ/Sun Sephiroth) so it has a direct line of succession and manifests the full force of the element. Zoroaster said," The number nine is sacred, and attains the summit of perfection".
The Nine of Wands
is called STRENGTH and is ruled by the Moon and Yesod, therefore, it is Strength in Change.
With the Sun above (Tiphareth) Moon below (Magnetic womb of Form) forming a balanced flow from God (will-to-force) to Goddess (will-to-form), all is created. Of all important doctrines, this is the easiest to understand, change is stability. Stability is guaranteed by change and if everything stopped changing---even for a second, everything would cease to exist. Energy can only keep in motion, by transforming continuously. The 9 of Wands therefore represents the intense energy of particles, atoms, electrons, protons and molecules. Hence, change guarantees the order of Nature.
To those of astrological bent,
the Moon is known as the weakest magnetic planet and Sagittarius as the sign most elusive. So in this case, the 9 of Wands strength is in mobility, which is the greatest defense for keeping destruction at bay. Even in a simple game of foot ball, motion is the best defense. Therefore, the motion of an arrow launched is also a good defense.
The Nine of Wands of the Hermetic Qabalah, is also governed by the Moon in Sagittarius which produces a double influence of the Moon. Thus the aphorism "Change is Stability" is given form in this card. The Sagittarius Arrow shaped wands sport a crescent shaped arrow head and crescent shaped fletching to show this double influence. The flames are ten-fold, which implies the As above is so below, which would be to me, better illustrated as twin serpents intertwined around the central shaft, showing the dynamics of electric and magnetic force intermixing.
The Thoth 9 of Wands, of the Hermetic Qabalah, 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.
Therefore the Thoth 9 of Wands-Strength, is the influence of Yesod in the World of pure spirit.
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 implied in this card are certain, but it harbors doubt about the later course they may take. Again, it is best to know the aphorism: "Change is Stability", when viewing this card.
When we, as Magi,
(and all of us are magick) master both the Male Force and the Female force within, to a point where they become active lovers, 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".
The Jungian Tarot-9 of Wands-Anger,
uses the archetypes and psychology of Carl Jung, rather than images of the Hermetic Qabalah. Hence this card symbolizes emotional energy of great strength. Implying this card represents rash impulse, anger and volatility, that usually dissipates quickly. Here, the nine of wands shows a fiery and very dangerous instability, which may even be the beginning of mental illness. Hence, child like tantrums and egocentric changeability of the worst sort are represented by this Jungian card. Including, but not limited to, generalized hostile intent toward family, friends, environment and co-workers.
The important lesson here, is that even in the most controlled appearing person, there exists within them unconscious, primal feelings, that may erupt into the conscious level without any warning. Therefore those who know and appreciate this and do not deny such inner feelings, are best equipped to function in a society of "civilized masks".
However, anger is not necessarily a negative, the anger within is also a motivating force, that makes the personality, get up off of it's "ass" and do something about changing it's life motion such as a change of career, ending of an abusive relationship or change of environment.
When the 9 of Wands Tarot 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.
- Creatively, 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).
- Great strength, and power.
- Health and/or recovery from sickness.
- All within or as an 8 week or 8 month period.
- There is tremendous and steady force that cannot be shaken.
- Also implied, is Scientific application of Herculean strength.
- Great success comes after strife and energy applied which also could mean victory preceded by apprehension and fear.
- Good health and recovery, sometimes accompanied by doubt. Often, questioning and curious, Generous.
- Since Force (male) is shown as Sun and Form (female) is shown as the Moon, this card also implies a capability to be able to combine ideas with enough will to manifest them in the physical world. This means great success after a certain amount of will-power is exercised.
- The Nine of Wands, shows that the Spirit is backing up the Personality in order to create a Positive Change.
If ill dignified by the accompanying cards:
- One is fond of external appearances, intractable, obstinate.
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