What does the nine of wands tarot card mean?

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The nine of wands is part of the Minor Arcana deck of tarot cards and is part of the Wands suit.

Keywords: Resilience, courage, persistence


The Nine of Wands suggests a last-minute setback that you must overcome in order to achieve a goal or complete a project. Though it may impossible, you have the inner strength, skills, and determination to overcome this challenge and succeed. This card is a sign of hope, and a message to not give up now when you’re so close to achieving your dreams. This one final test will give you the opportunity to prove yourself and your skills and will make your success that much sweeter. Have resilience, and you will prosper.

Reverse Keywords: hesitance, defense, paranoia

Reverse Meaning

In reverse, the Nine of Wands suggests that you are hesitating to make a decision or a commitment. You may be feeling ill-equipped to take on a challenge and so are putting it off. You’re feeling defensive and are setting hard boundaries. However, those boundaries will become barriers if you’re not careful. Try to let go of the fear that is holding you back, and trust yourself and your abilities.

Other Minor Arcana Cards (in the Wands suit)