Tarot Readings

Nine of Wands

Judgement Tarot Card
What does the Judgement Tarot Card mean?
  • By Gemma Irias
  • Published: 08/07/20 3:20 PM EDT
  • Updated: 08/07/20 3:20 PM EDT
What does the Judgement Tarot Card mean?

Nine of Wands Tarot Card Meaning

Element: Fire

Function: Function: Will, activity, Imagination, Beginnings

A man stands in front of 8 wands lined up, the ninth he holds himself up on, appearing tired and cautious. The eight wands in a row seem to be a gate or a formation of guards. It could be that this is how the eight wands landed. The question is, did the wands hurt the man or are they there as a backup. Apart from the bandage on his head, he doesn’t seem to be hurt. Maybe he is concerned about potential attacks in the future or may have just been attached and fears it may happen again.

It is worth remembering that there are no apparent enemies on the card.

This card might also suggest that there has been no attack, but the man is mollycoddling himself, or he is feeling paranoid. Perhaps the bandage on his head represents his hurt pride. Yet whatever the reason, the man still defends, holding tight to the wand with a facial expression that implies he is ready to use it. His orange tunic represents passion and enthusiasm. While his gold trousers and shoes are the color of triumph and riches. The bandage, like his shirt, is white, the color of purity and life. Whether or not the dangers are real, the man will continue

The Nine of Wands implies you are coping with enemies, either physical or in the mind but you too continue. You are persistent and you face the challenges in your life with courage. It is possible that you above and beyond when overcoming small issues. It might also suggest that you are getting ready for the worst, frequently being more than prepared for the future. It is likely that your will keeps you going, rather than practicality.

There was a time in the past when the Nine of Wands was hurt, and the memory is still fresh. The pain is now emotional, either pride or ego. Despite this hurting ego, you still find the courage to move forward. But it’s not necessary for you to take the pain of the past with you as you go on.

Whatever has happened, just as the man in the Nine of Wands moves forward, so will you.

When Reversed:

In the reversed position, the Nine of Wands is a sign of cowardice and withdrawal. It could be that you are in a place where you can’t decide whether to give up or keep progressing forward, but you can’t find the strength to overcome the challenges and complications.

It can also warn you that not having enough courage is your biggest problem. Before you start to look at the other problems you face, you need to address this lack of courage. This might not be apparent to you and you might be looking for others to blame for your problems. In this position, there is an excessive amount of deflection. Letting your cowardice choose your options is not the solution, but it’s up to you to figure this out.


There will have been a moment in your past that required extra effort. You succeeded, despite coming out a little battered and bruised. In this position, it focuses on something that you feared and overcame.


You have had your issues but in general, life is quite steady at the moment. It is still possible that there is one more obstacle in your way, so take the time to gain strength now, enjoy your rewards. Fear comes from not knowing, and you shouldn’t let this hold you back if you feel like discovering more of the world.


There might be something in your future that you are scared of. But really, the fear is just because you can’t predict how things are going to turn out. It’s not wise to always stick to your comfort zone.

Yes/No Question:

The answer is not clear, and it is possible that you question can’t be answered with a simple yes or no.

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