Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot-9 of Wands: STRENGTH & The Barbara Walker Tarot- 9 of Wands: DEFENSE
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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot-9 of Wands: STRENGTH & The Barbara Walker Tarot- 9 of Wands: DEFENSE

The Tarot of EliIn the Qabalistic Thoth Tarot as well as all other traditional Tarots-The four Nines are attributed to Yesod (Foundation) and after the double incursion into misfortune (7 & 8) the energy current has returned to the middle pillar. Therefore, 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".
Yesod, is the Sephirotic-seat of the great crystallization of energy, much like the Etheric Body of the Human Aura and is the "fabric that matter is woven from" and therefore represents the "Basel or Root" Chakra (Sanskrit: muladhara chakra) on the human body.  Although this "weaving" takes place far down the Tree, getting very little vibratory help from the unbalanced spheres Hod and Netzach, Yesod is directly connected to Tiphareth, The Real Person that is the highest state of balance possible for Human psyche that is operating physical matter. Therefore, the nines give the full most elemental impact of the idea of Force; The "idea" because Yesod is still in the Formative World of Yetzirah.

*Rome and Egypt, also had Nine Major Deities.

The Thoth Tarot-9 of Wands-Strength, and The Barbara Walker Tarot-9 of Wands-Defense:
Ruled by the both the Moon and Yesod, the 9 of Wands is the antimony (alchemical word) of Change and Stability. Hence, the 9 of Wands Tarot card represents an easily understood doctrine concerning equilibrium; that change is stability and that stability is guaranteed by change. The fact known to physics, is that if change stops in anything, even for a fraction of a second, it would proceed into chaos and/or collapse into itself. Therefore, the Nine of Wands, represents the atomic forces, i.e., the intense primal energy of Nature.  We, who have ridden a bicycle, know that balance is best obtained by going fast enough, slow and wobbly, threatens disaster. Therefore one could compare The 9 of Wands, to the fast moving electrons, atoms or the Strong nuclear force of physics (balanced by the Weak Force).
The fact that the 9 of Wands is assigned the ever-changing Moon and the astrological sign of Sagittarius, the most elusive of signs, might confuse viewing astrologist who wonder."where is the strength in this?"; However, as in foot ball, the best and therefore strongest defense, is a mobile one.

To reiterate: The Thoth Nine of Wands is called STRENGTH  and since it is ruled by the Moon, the sign of Sagittarius and Yesod,  it is Strength in Change.

On the Thoth Card shown is a central wand of the Sun above (Tiphareth) Moon below (Magnetic womb of Form), which forms a balanced flow from God/Masculine (will-to-force) to Goddess/Feminine (will-to-form). 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 as energy would stop transforming. Energy can only be kept in motion, by transforming continuously. Hence, the 9 of wands represents the intense energy of atoms, electrons, protons  and molecules and their attraction to each other. Hence, change guarantees the order of Nature.

To those of astrological bent, the Moon is known as the weakest planet and Sagittarius as the most elusive sign. So in this case, the 9 of Wands strength is in mobility, which is the greatest defense for keeping destruction at bay. Even in the assembly of a Solar System, motion is the best defense against collision.

So once again: The Thoth Tarot- 9 of Wands: STRENGTH:
represents 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.

Both the Thoth 9 of Wands-Strength, and the Barbara Walker-9 of Wands: Defense, represent 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].
Barbara Walker shows this phenomena of strife leading to success, as an imprisoned man, with the bars of his cell made of power rods, and the cell itself a womb/cave, where the man is holding a dagger; implying a powerful defense and self imprisonment. Also implying the mythological position of a "dying god", in his quiescent phase, both dead and fetal at the same time, when he lived in a dark cave of complete protection, i.e. returned to the Great Womb to be reborn again, cleansed and purified.   This could also imply that the danger is outside the cell, and that somewhere in the fortress is a great danger lurking! Since the nine of wands of B.W.'s card shows an interface of wands as a powerful security device, one must realize that what keeps things out, also imprisons the one kept in.

 Hence, The good health and strength implied in the Thoth and Barbara Walker 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. However, traditionally, the nine wands were connected with suspicion, bespeaking of insecurity, inner-doubts, barriers, and a hidden position, which is implied on the Barbara Walker art of this card.

The Thoth Deck 9 of Wands, shows 8 background Wands as Arrows (Sagittarius influence) and one Master Wand 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 the sign of Sagittarius joins the Sun and the Yesodic- Moon, and that the Greatest Strength is the Balance of this coupling flow; the flow of Electric Male force and Magnetic Female receptivity. Together, all that is Living Form, is from this flow and reception. When we, as Souls, master both the Male- Will To Force of consciousness and the Female- Will to Form of the Imagination/Unconsciousness, it is called a "Oneness", but a oneness formed by a cooperation of dual inner 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". 
 
When the 9 of Wands 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).
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