The keyword associated with the Nine of Wands is ‘resilience’, and the card is all about stability and strength under pressure. Times of stress and pain have happened recently, and could even still be happening, and it is important to stay strong and know that you will eventually get through it and move on to happier times.
When the Nine of Wands appears, it suggests that you are close to the end of a difficult time, when another challenge appears at the last minute, meaning that you have to muster up the energy and strength to battle on once more. There is just one thing standing between you and success; one last test to complete before you achieve victory. You can do it if you put your mind to it, and are determined to soldier on through the pain
This card is an extremely positive one, and centres around the idea that you have more strength and a stronger will than you know. You have been through a lot recently and it seems that there will never be a light at the end of this extremely long, extremely dark tunnel, but rest assured that there will be. You are a fighter, and although at times you may feel like giving up, you always pick yourself up, dust yourself off and try again. You will be rewarded for your good attitude and you will eventually prosper. Keep going!
If, however, this card shows in reverse, it suggests that you are hesitant to take on a commitment because you feel like you don’t have what it takes to undergo a challenge or take on a responsibility. You feel that, for whatever reason, you are not prepared or able to take on such a massive responsibility.
The card also suggests that you are refusing to bend or compromise and take other people’s opinions into account. Perhaps you are so worried about the size of a challenge or an obstacle that you are point blank refusing to believe that you can face it, and therefore are even refusing the help of those around you, who just want you to succeed. This attitude will only lead to failure.
If you draw the Nine of Wands in reverse, it is time to take a step back and take a good hard look at yourself and the situation you are facing. Right now, everything is overwhelming and seems impossible, so perhaps a break may be necessary so that you can give yourself chance to relax and then come back and look at everything with a clear head. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and let people in. People can surprise you, and fresh eyes could help find a way to do what needs to be done.