9 Of Wands - Don't Give Up Yet!!!

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The 9 Of Wands is an example of what it’s like to give up just before the finish line. You don’t know it yet, but it’s just around the corner. A few more steps and you’d see just how close you are, and how far you’ve already come. The 9 Of Wands remind us to dig down deep, persevere, and stay strong. Your reward is so much closer than you think!

Wands, rods, or staves are one of 4 suits in the Minor Arcana and correspond with the suit of clubs in a traditional playing card deck. The suit of wands is associated with the element fire of the 4 elements and represents a fiery intensity and inner drive to succeed. There’s a strong masculine characteristic to this suit, which means competition and courage are obvious in many Wand tarot readings. A desire to be heard understood and praised all correspond to the suit of wands in tarot.

9 Of Wands Meaning & Description

The 9 Of Wands depict a man that looks beaten and broken down. Despite his poor physical condition and look of exhaustion, he still manages to stand on his own two feet. One of the 9 wands is held with both hands by the weary man. The way he holds onto the wand looks like a toothpick propping up a car. The man and the wand are both working together, holding each other up off the ground.

While looking over his shoulder the man sees 8 tall wands rising up behind him. I see a man looking back at these 8 wands as the challenges and difficulties he’s overcome in the past. He now faces a decision…give up, call it quits, and throw in the towel or continue putting one foot in front of the other and persevere. The 9’s in Tarot represents overcoming that last and final hurdle.

What will you choose? Continue forward and finally achieve your goal, or stop just before the finish line?

9 Of Wands Keywords


  • Resilience

  • Determination

  • Exhaustion

  • Perseverance

  • Fatigue

  • Overcoming Adversity

  • Grit

  • Drained

  • Courage

  • Tackling Obstacles


Giving Up

  • Paranoia

  • Admitting Defeat

  • Retreat

  • Withdrawn

  • Surrender

  • Fear

  • Indecision

  • Distrust

  • Stubborn

9 Of Wands Upright

The 9 of Wands upright is a true test of fortitude, determination, and perseverance. You may be feeling beaten down, battered, and bruised when the 9 of Wands upright appear in a tarot reading. The losses (or “L’s” as the kids call em) keep piling up, and you’ve finally reached the breaking point. This is the time to dig down deep inside and give it one more shot.

Athletes and runners are all too familiar with this feeling, and what happens when you press a little further. When a marathon runner is completely spent, running on empty, and ready to admit defeat, something interesting happens… As they take their last few steps, they catch a “second wind” and suddenly the will to press on is renewed and their energy restored. The 9 of Wands upright represents the last major hurdle to overcome. Don’t give up yet, you’re so much closer than you know!

Think back over everything you’ve overcome so far! Remember all of those “My life is over” moments, or thinking “I’ll never survive this.”? It felt like the world was crumbling, and there was absolutely no hope for the future… yet here you are! You’ve tackled difficult situations in the past (more than 1 I bet?) and you eventually got through it. There’s no challenge or adversity you cannot overcome, no matter how bad it seems. Limitless potential…you got this!!!

Another meaning related to the 9 of Wands upright is the importance of a strong support system. When I look at the 9 of Wands upright I see a man calling for the help of another and leaning on them for support. Each of the 8 Wands rising behind him is prepared to step in and take the other Wands’ place. Our friends, family, and loved ones are all prepared to pick us up when we stumble and help carry us to the finish line. When things seem too tough to handle, and you can’t go any further then it’s time to reach out to the people in your corner!

9 Of Wands Reversed

The 9 of Wands Reversed is a warning of what happens if you do decide to call it quits. You’re never as close to getting that first “W” as when you’re ready to call it quits. Don’t admit defeat when your breakthrough is just a few steps away. What if Thomas Edison on the “9,999th” attempt to invent the lightbulb said: “Ehhhh…maybe everyone’s right. This’ll never work.”…? If that “10,000th” attempt never happened it would have altered the course of history. (Enough Thomas Edison references already!!!)

You could look at the 9 of Wands Reversed as a series of 8 challenges you’ve overcome, with just one left to complete. Imagine you started a new Youtube channel and posted your first 8 videos but had ZERO views, and no engagement. Doubt starts creeping into your mind and you begin to wonder if this is really a good idea? But what if… that 9th video you decided not to post is the one that goes viral? The video you decided to quit at is the one that reaches a million views overnight. When you feel like giving up just remember you’re only 3 feet from gold! Usually, that one small extra push is all it takes to reach success.

You may perceive your peers and those around you as a threat when the 9 of Wands Reversed appear. There’s a feeling that everyone’s out to get you and you’re always watching your back. Instead of viewing the 8 Wands behind you as a source of support, you could be viewing them as opponents. The people in your inner circle won’t betray you but they’re unable to help if you see them as adversaries.

9 Of Wands Love

The 9 of Wands Love card shows how much effort, work, trust, and commitment a relationship can take. Keep in mind this doesn’t just apply to romantic relationships but to everyone who you closely associate with. Concerning romantic relationships, the 9 of Wands love card is a sign of emotional exhaustion and fatigue. You or your partner may feel like you’re at the breaking point and the relationship is holding on by a thread.

You’ll need to stay strong and fight with your last breath for the relationship to survive, but the reward well is worth it! The hardest part’s over, just get through this current stage and your relationship will take a MAJOR step forward. Everything you’ve been through will be worth it when you look back later!

If you’re single and receive the 9 of Wands Love card it can mean you’re holding onto the pain and hurt you’ve experienced from past relationships. You’ve had more than a few ‘unsuccessful’ attempts with love (the 8 wands in the background), and it’s made you guarded.

When you continue to focus on the hurt and pain from previous relationships you eventually carry them into the next one… and the next one… until it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. You (and everyone else) are deserving and worthy of love. The experiences and hardships from the past have molded and shaped you into who you are now and better prepared you for a potential partner. Don’t give up!!!

9 Of Wands Money

As it relates to career and finances, the 9 of Wands Money meaning is similar to all the other positions. You may be experiencing some financial pressure right now from a series of unexpected expenses or emergency spending. Things won’t be this way for long so just hang in there for a little while longer. Look for ways to trim your budget, or find methods to save on these new sudden expenses. A side gig or ‘hustle’ wouldn’t be a bad idea to give you a little breathing room until this hardship blows over.

The 9 of Wands Money meaning as it relates to your career or work may feel like a war of attrition. Day by day, and week by week you’re wearing down. It may feel like after every project or task you complete there are 3 more to replace it. Every day it seems like your workload increases while you’re running on empty. This won’t last forever and your hard work, determination, and perseverance will greatly pay off if you can just hold on! You’re at the final stretch, don’t quit!!!


What are you working on right now that you're considering giving up? How do you push through that mental hurdle and keep going when you've got nothing left? Is the next article you post going to be the one that blows up and puts you on the map? Are you willing to take that chance...? Let's talk about it and encourage one another!!!

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