Sunday, February 18, 2007


TODAY'S CARD IS The Nine of Wands. This version is from The Gothic Tarot of Vampires:

For comparison, here's The Nine of Wands in the Rider/ Waite/ Smith deck:

THE NINE OF WANDS: Vampire mythology has been on my mind a bit as I just recently finished reading a trilogy of books in which vampires were major players. I've also said here previously when using a card from this deck that I will be reviewing it in the future, and I will. It's taking me so long because it's a difficult deck for me to come to a conclusion about. It's such a mix of violence and insight, with little text to explain any of it. The Little White Book accompanying the deck doesn't say much about its Nine of Wands. But I assume the man (woman?) mourning is a vampire and, therefore, immortal and grieving the passing of a mortal love whom he watched age as he stayed forever young. This to me is a very touching way to speak to the strength the Nine of Wands can represent: the strength to love in the face of loss. A strength we are all called upon sooner or later to have in this life. BTW, I posted a poem that can be read to be about a different aspect of the Nine of Wands here previously.

DIFFERENT OR LESS COMMON, EVEN QUIRKY MEANINGS FOR THE NINE OF WANDS (i.e. the below is not intended to be an exhaustive exploration of this card; a quick google will produce a wider variety of takes should you not be familiar with this card):

Imbalance. Conversely, balance of effort and energy available, or balance of what one thinks and what one feels.

Defending one's self or beliefs to the point it becomes destructive of self and/or relationships. Similarly: Most of the wounding and pain you are feeling now is self-inflicted in your struggle to stay in denial.

Slowed down or blocked by external conditions.

Taking things too personally.

Whatever you are considering, it may not be a good idea to undertake it right now. Even if others are pressuring you to do so.

Not time yet to rest. Take heart, others' energies are backing you up now.

What you are upset about is true, but your emotions are based in a past experience.

Watch the tendency to feel like a martyr. Sometimes you are simply the only one with the skills, strength, and vision to handle the situation.

The worst is over/past.

Stop focussing on what a struggle life is and focus on [rest of reading/cards will reveal this].

You are stronger than you know or admit to yourself.

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Resource: All Hallows Tarot, a somewhat "lighter" (:-D) take on the gothic.

Please see the top of the sidebar for my background with the Tarot and a recommendation to beginners.

‘til next time, keep recognizing your strength, and enjoying The Tarot,


[aka: Patricia Kelly]

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