Nine of Wands



A path is lined with nine wands: five on the left and four on the right. A red figure is at the end of the path, resting on the final wand on the right side. The ground is red, and a lighter red zig-zag connects the bottoms of the wands. The sky is orange.

Key words

Upright: resilience, perseverance, final stretch

Reversed: fatigue, overwhelm, struggle

Reflection questions

  • What challenges am I currently facing? How can I draw on my past experiences to help myself overcome them?
  • How can I stay motivated and focused during challenging times and avoid becoming overwhelmed or discouraged?
  • When was the last time I let myself take a break? Is there space to do it again in the near future?

Nine of Wands Upright

Your resilience is being tested. Maybe you are tired of fighting, but you are so close to achieving your goal— don’t give up! You should, however, take the prospect of burnout seriously. Taking time to rest is not the same as giving up, and will only help you achieve your goals in the long run. You do have support available to you, so don’t be afraid to ask for help either.

Nine of Wands Reversed

You have overcome some challenges but you’re not out of the woods yet. You may feel a need to protect what you’ve acquired so far, to the detriment of planning out your next steps. While it is important to set up and defend boundaries, you don’t want to shut everyone out. Extend a bit of trust and ask your community for help.