Nov 19 2014
Nine of Wands
Today you may be feeling like you’ve given something (or someone) your all and are now *this close* to throwing in the towel.
The Nine of Wands speaks of being on the verge of exhaustion over something you’ve put so much effort into and still haven’t seen the results you’d hoped for.
You may see some sort of resolution in sight, but it’s still a ways off which means even more obstacles and more work than you’re sure you want to trouble with.
So the question becomes what do you do? Do you throw your arms in the air and say I don’t think I can take it anymore? If so you give up all the work you’ve already done and all the momentum you’ve gained.
But if not it means you’re going to have to reach in, dig deep and find the strength, tenacity and fortitude to tackle those final hurdles and keep on going.
The masked figure in this version of the card looks like he’s all but given up. He sits pouting on a ledge in what appears to be a 3-dimensional maze. The staircase beside him threatens to block his every step. But look: there’s another set of stairs and a light glowing in the distance: could it be he’s found the escape route?
The eight wands leading up the first staircase may not be obstacles after all. They may be armholds. And the Ninth wand serves as a torch to both light his path and ignite his resolve.
This is the challenge you’re faced with today. You may be seeing that something you set off to accomplish is not only taken longer than you expected but has also turned into a bigger headache.
But you’re closer to the finish line than you know, and if you just keep going you’ll be rewarded with a sense of accomplishment in the end.
Sep 09 2014
Nine of Wands
You may have to dig deep to push past some of the obstacles and frustrations you’re dealing with in your life right now.
And with a stressful aspect between Mercury and Pluto today, you might have to step back, take a breath and remind yourself that it’s not as bad as it seems. You may not be where you expected to be at this point, but you’ve still got a lot of fight left in you and you’re closer to the finish line than you know.
The Nine of Wands can refer to a moment of uncertainty or hesitation that comes after you’ve given what feels like your ALL and still haven’t seen the results for your efforts.
You may have been frustrated with the lack of progress — or worse — come *this close* to completing your journey, only to find another road-block directly ahead of you.
But if you look at it from an evolutionary perspective, you may be better able to understand why you’ve been forced to step back and to re-evaluate your needs. Perhaps the setbacks you’ve encountered haven’t been setbacks at all. Perhaps they’ve been lessons in disguise.
The figure in this card is surrounded by minor obstacles. A half formed “wall” encircles her with 8 flimsy rods stuck into the ground around it. The rods all have smiling cartoonish faces on them — including the one she’s retrieved and holds in her hand.
May 19 2014
Nine of Wands
Today you may feel like you’re starting to get your mojo back, after a period of frustration, boredom, dormancy or inertia.
For the last 6 weeks or so Mars has been retrograde, which may have coincided for you with taking a step back to reassess your goals. You may have even experienced them being thwarted by external circumstances — scheduling conflicts or resistance from others, for example.
The Nine of Wands refers to that period of uncertainty and hesitation that comes after you’ve given what feels like your ALL and still haven’t seen the results for your efforts.
You may have been frustrated with the lack of progress — or worse — come *this close* to completing your journey, only to find another road-block ahead of you.
This is very similar to the frustrations and impediments that abound when Mars is in retrograde. You’re saying “go go go” while the Universe is saying “no no no.”
But if you look at it from an evolutionary perspective, you may be better able to understand why you’ve been forced to step back and to re-evaluate your needs. Perhaps the setbacks you’ve encountered along the way have been more than just setbacks. Perhaps they’ve been lessons in disguise.
Feb 27 2014
This month you’ll be thinking about how the actions and decisions you’ve made have led you to where you are today.
The Judgment card can refer to a moment of “reckoning” where all the pieces of the puzzle start to come together and you see how you’ve participated — for better or worse — in the story of your life.
With this comes two very important considerations: one — that you can take charge and make changes in your life (as in rewriting your own script) and two — that you can view other people’s choices (which have led them to their own life circumstances) with a little less judgment and a lot more compassion and understanding.
The Judgment card refers to an epiphany or awakening, during which time you realize the consequences of your actions and are thus more inclined to proceed conscientiously.
As such it gives you a chance to start anew, to be “reborn” and make changes that are in line with your understanding of karmic rewards and repercussions. It gives you a chance to redeem and unburden yourself, as you prepare to let go of the past and move toward your true life’s purpose.
Feb 20 2014
Nine of Staffs
If you want to get anything accomplished today, you may just need to get out of your own way. The Nine of Wands (called “Staffs in this Deck”) can indicate a sense of weariness or trepidation over circumstances that are completely outside of your control.
You may have cause to be worried and you may just be imaging the worst. Your fears can get blown out of proportion and cause you to expect things to fall apart, even when there’s no reasonable cause for alarm.
In this deck we see a woman standing in the midst of a group of trees, barely peeking out from behind one of them. Her companion animal, a Unicorn, is likewise cautiously peering out. Together they scan the horizon looking for signs of danger.
The Nine of Staffs is a card of perseverance though. It’s the “hang in there” card, reminding you that you’re almost at the finish line, with one final hurdle or battle to overcome. You could be replaying past tapes in your head — recalling the times you didn’t succeed or that you almost made it to your goal only to have the rug pulled out from you at the last minute.
The message behind this card is to remember that what seem like insurmountable odds are actually challenges set forth by the Universe. If you are to succeed, you’ll need to steer clear of temptations that are not in keeping with your principles.
Jan 01 2013
You’ll have the opportunity to re-invent yourself this month and to achieve equilibrium in your relationships.
You can turn something negative into something positive by striving for balance, harmony and composure.
This is a powerful card. It relates to the alchemical process of turning lead into gold. You can activate this concept personally by embracing that which has been resisted or denied and working to transform it.
This card is called “Art” (Temperance, in some decks). It speaks of seeking out symmetry.
It speaks of finding a middle-ground. In what areas of your life are you too inflexible, too rigid and too unwilling to hear another’s point of view?
Your challenge will be to overcome those impediments and to integrate the opposing forces in your life.