Tarot Card Spotlight: Thoth Tarot’s 9 of Wands

Thoth Title: Strength

Planet/Sign: Moon in Sagittarius

Planetary Ruler: Jupiter

Date Range: December 3 – 12

Qabalistic Correspondence: Yesod of Atziluth

Key Words: flexibility, defense, adaptability as strength, standing up for oneself

The 9 of Wands is Moon (planet of mystery, cycles, and all things psychic) in Sagittarius (sign of higher thought, philosophy, travel, spontaneity) in the Moon’s sephira of Yesod. To be released from the electronic confusion trap of the 8 of Wands, we must cultivate a strength and flexibility of will, as is found in this card. Like the Moon Herself, the 9 of Wands is ever-changing, and Sagittarius lends its fiery nature to the cause, making this the card of being able to bend when necessary, and to be fully aware of when it’s not. It’s this knowledge of how to bend and not break that leads to the full expression of one’s will, the culmination of the suit of Wands at the height of its essence.

The Moon’s influence on this card is particularly important. With its monthly cycle mimicking menstruation and pregnancy, the Moon is typically considered to be feminine in nature, and thus, often viewed from the perspective of fragility, receptivity, and weakness.

But anyone who has ever watched a woman’s body swell, flex, and split to facilitate the entry of another person into the world knows beyond the shadow of a doubt that there is nothing delicate about the mother principle, which not only accomplishes this feat, but survives it again and again. Likewise, this card reminds us how critically important flexibility is to strength—not to withstand abuse, but to duck it, turn it on itself, and channel that force into reflective and defensive strategies.

When this card appears in a reading, it’s time to stand up for yourself or others who have no defender. Flexibility is your best offense and defense, and your energetic might is at an all-time high. If ill-dignified, 9 of Wands can also call you to consider how your rigidity may be digging you deeper into the hole you find yourself in—whether it’s by insisting on doing things your way or over-relying on your peace-making skills.