Nine Sticks: Got Wood.
The figure in this image looks as if he expects a challenge, and with that attitude he is very likely to find one. Really, you can’t blame the guy for being a little edgy. It seems there are a lot of staves sneaking up behind him. But this is all about attitude and perspective.
With Staves, wands or wood in general we see energy, combustible energy, passionate energy — that can be used for building all sorts of useful things in the meanwhile. Maybe it’s the wood he has stacked for a big project. Perhaps these staves are weapons of battle. In either case, they are on his side (even if he doesn’t realize it).
Nines fall at the very end of the number cycle and are the magickal exponential outcome of 1 + 1 = 3. This means the initial idea (1) unites with another (1), thereby becoming (2) and together conceive something new (3). In nines, this comes back to you in magickal detail, with all three dimensions expanded.
In his classic book Catch 22, Joseph Heller quips “Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you.”
The point is, sometimes that sneaking suspicion isn’t such a bad thing after all. Preparation is a good even if you aren’t sure why you are preparing, or what to do with all that pent-up energy in the lumber yard. Don’t worry, you won’t feel nearly as jumpy once the action starts. You’re ready. Remember, you’ve got wood.
Images from The Smith-Waite Tarot Centennial Edition Deck are used in this blog. They feature the artist, Pamela Colman Smith’s, original coloring and lovely back design. The cards are a bit oversized and printed on sturdy cardstock. This deck is one of my personal favorites. =:->AD
Rider-Waite images used with permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902. c. 1971 by U.S. Games Systems, Inc.