Wand cards are usually pretty optimistic. After all, this is the fire element and the action and inspiration suite. But sometimes even fire and optimism take a hit, and this is where we find ourselves with the 9 of Wands.
He looks guarded doesn’t he? Maybe a little defeated? And yet, he’s still standing, the sky is blue and the grass is green. This is the “battered and bruised but not broken” card. This card speaks to having worked really hard, being beaten up in the process but still alive, still breathing, and still having work to do.
We’ve come a long way, we’ve been thrown into turmoil, our relationships have been pushed to the brink, we’ve been asked to be aware of our feelings and ask for what we want… and none of it has been easy. But we’ve done it.
Any time we start advocating for ourselves, we end up burning bridges. When we say no and mean it, we piss people off. When we set boundaries and limits, there is always pushback. People are mad and feelings are hurt, and we end up feeling like the man on this card. Wary and a little bit defensive. But we did it! We listened to our hearts, we spoke our truth.
When we begin to break the conditions of our upbringing and develop new neural pathways by establishing new habits and patterns, we have to repeat the same new things often enough that they ”stick.” This is that card.Yes, it’s been hard. Yes, you’re doing the work. Yes, you must continue to do the work if you want to see real success.
So, get out your bandaids, nurse your wounds and take a deep breath. You’ve come a long way but it’s not over yet. This is the Suite of Wands which means that the work will revolve around themes of being determined, using your intuition, drawing on your primal energy and using creativity.