The Nine of Wands Tarot Card Meaning

The Nine of Wands is one of the most important cards of the Minor Arcana.

Below you will learn everything about its meaning both in the upright and reversed position.

In addition to the general interpretation, the topics of love, health, career, finances and destiny are also explained in detail.

Nine of Wands Tarot Card Meaning

The Nine of Wands Keywords

Upright: Endurance, Defense, Caution, Resilient
Reversed: Struggle, Paranoia, Overwhelmed, Tired

The Nine of Wands Tarot Card Description

The Tarot card of the Nine of Wands shows a man leaning injured on a staff. He may have just come from a fight where he was wounded in the head.

Visibly weakened, he nevertheless demonstrates endurance and leans on a wand with his last strength. The fighter shows that he is not easily defeated despite the most adverse circumstances.

He is ready to defend his cause until the end, as long as he can stand on both legs. At the same time, the man looks around carefully so that he is not surprised by an impending attack.

Behind him stand upright Eight Sticks, which act as an insurmountable wall. They allow the fighter to organize his defense from a safe position.

In addition, their sheer size acts as a deterrent to approaching attackers. Before the man can rest and move to the safety of the bars towering behind him, he must repel one last attack. Only then will he find peace and be able to regain his strength.

Upright Nine of Wands Tarot Card Meaning

In a tarot reading, the Nine of Wands stands for persevering stamina that lets you master even the most difficult situations in life. You may be on the verge of completing a life goal.

But just before reaching your goal, you experience heavy resistance, which throws you back again.

Don’t lie there devastated, but get up again and fight your way forward. With enough perseverance, you will be able to make your dreams come true and emerge stronger from difficult situations.

At the same time, with your perseverance, you will increase your resilient skills, which will enable you to stay mentally healthy and enjoy your life to the fullest, despite the most adverse circumstances.

Another meaning of the Nine of Wands is that you must be ready to defend your values and goals to your fellow human beings. Especially if you are very successful in one area, this will bring many envious people who want to dispute your happiness.

Do not bend unnecessarily only to please others or for the sake of peace, because such people will always find things to criticize you about to put you down.

Instead, steadfastly represent your dreams and opinions in life and do not let them be disputed from the outside. You can also gather other well-meaning people around you so that you experience better support and can fend off attacks on you better.

The Tarot card of the Nine of Wands warns you to be careful about what you reveal to others. Not everyone in your social environment is sympathetic to you. The person does not show you their dislike openly but acts covertly against you.

You may have a favorable opportunity to advance professionally or acquire a property at a reasonable price. Even if the temptation is great to share this great news with everyone you know, you should hold back at first.

Keep a promising opportunity for yourself so that no one else snatches your chance from under your nose. Forewarned is forearmed.

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Upright Nine of Wands Tarot Love Meaning


As a single, the Nine of Wands encourages you to be persistent in your efforts to find a partner. Finding true love in life is often a rocky road that holds some obstacles for you.

Experienced setbacks or rejections will help you to reflect on yourself and avoid making the same mistakes in the future.

In time, you will become more confident in your search for a partner and may unexpectedly find the new love of your life. But only if you get up again and again after each fall and keep running, you will meet the love destined for you.

The Nine of Wands also warns you to be on your guard in a new love affair. Your counterpart’s motives are not entirely sincere and he seems to be hiding something from you. Do not be blinded by the first infatuation, but listen to your inner voice.

Your gut feeling will quickly tell you if something is wrong. In this case, you should not rush and carefully intensify your relationship. Be on your guard and rely on your intuition so that you do not experience any unpleasant surprises.


In a partnership, the Nine of Wands stands for the necessity to defend yourself more against your partner.

You put up with too much in your life together and do not stand up for your own interests. At the moment, our partner dominates the daily events and does not consider your needs.

Learn to defend yourself when you have the feeling that your partner ignores you. Sometimes your partner is not even aware that you sometimes feel “overrun”.

The more often you practice defending yourself against attacks on your wishes or concerns, the easier it will be to assert your needs.

Furthermore, the Nine of Wands in a relationship stands for the ability to continue to stand together as a couple despite the most challenging life crises.

Such cohesion is only possible through a deep relationship of trust and an optimistic attitude.

You give each other support in times of greatest need. As a result, your life together becomes an inexhaustible source of strength and hope that will accompany you throughout your lives.

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Upright Nine of Wands Health Meaning

For your health, the Nine of Wands reveals that you are still struggling with a persistent illness. The symptoms demand your last reserves of strength.

Nevertheless, continue to hold out and make sure that you divide your remaining energy well. Your recovery is already underway and soon you will feel yourself getting better bit by bit.

The Nine of Wands can also herald the return of a chronic illness or old wound. You should therefore be careful and not put yourself under unnecessary stress.

An early visit to the doctor can also prevent worse and you can take countermeasures
in time. Even if a complete cure is often not possible, you can at least alleviate your symptoms.

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Upright Nine of Wands Career Meaning

In professional terms, the Nine of Wands stands for high resistance to strong stressors in the job. Whether it’s bullying or a heavy workload, so far, you’ve done well and not let it get you down.

But keep in mind that such challenges demand a lot of strength from your body and mind. Therefore, you should always plan recovery phases to keep your power up.

The Nine of Wands symbolizes that you have to defend yourself against unjustified attacks regarding your work performance. Don’t put up with everything and set clear boundaries if the bullying becomes too personal. Seek support from other employees or the works council.

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Upright Nine of Wands Finances/Money Meaning

For your finances, the Nine of Wands means that despite some setbacks you still have a solid money cushion at your disposal. As long as you don’t invest beyond your means, it’s worth taking a risk now and then.

A healthy portfolio can handle a few failures or unexpected events. Just don’t forget to refresh your reserves again and again.

Furthermore, the Nine of Wands stands for increased vigilance with your finances. Watch out for free bait offers if they sound too good to be true.

Because often high costs are hidden in the fine print. Also, check regularly whether outgoing transactions are executed correctly and not too much is taken from the account.

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Upright Nine of Wands Destiny Meaning

For your destiny, the Nine of Wands encourages you to stick to your goals, even if the way to get there requires some strength from you. The greater the challenge ahead of you, the more you will grow from it.

You are capable of much more than you might think at first. Trust in your dormant potentials and fulfill your dreams.

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Upright Nine of Wands Personality

The Nine of Wands stands for an extremely resilient personality. This person finds something positive in every life crisis and emerge strengthened from them.

Furthermore, a character is described here who persistently pursues his goals. Even if unexpected hurdles stand in his way, he accepts the delay and continues to stay on the ball.

Upright Nine of Wands Tarot Past/Future


You have shown great perseverance in achieving your goals in the past. Your perseverance is a good basis for further plans.

So far, you have mastered life crises amazingly well. That has increased your resilience, which watches over you like a protective shield.


Be careful not to expose yourself to unnecessary risks in the future. Your caution can save you from greater harm.

Soon, you will have to defend yourself against some unjustified attacks. Use your mind and intuition to decide the conflict for you.

Upright Nine of Wands Tarot Card – Yes or No

The Nine of Wands tends to be a no or maybe-answer. Be careful with your question! There are many aspects here, which you have not considered so far, but which have a great influence on your choice.

With a no-answer, you minimize most of the risks for yourself and can devote yourself to other topics without any worries.

Reversed Nine of Wands Tarot Card Meaning

Reversed Nine of Wands Tarot Card Meaning

The Nine of Wands Reversed represents a high level of exhaustion that threatens to overwhelm you. Despite intensive efforts on your part, your goal still seems unreachable.

The many obstacles have cost you a great deal of strength and endurance without you having noticeably approached the fulfillment of your desire.

Your energy reserves are at a very low level, so there is a danger that you will soon collapse from exhaustion. Take the pressure off yourself to achieve your goal by all means.

Sometimes it is better to devote yourself to other projects first and recharge your batteries. Afterward, you can dedicate yourself again strengthened to your original project and tackle this with new vigor.

In a Tarot drawing, the Nine of Wands Reversed reveals to you that it is time to give up your defensive position and go on the offensive. You may have been watching things develop negatively around you for a long time as you have often been wronged or subjected to bullying.

So far, you have only defended yourself, but this alone has not improved your life situation. Gather your courage and actively face the struggles that lie ahead.

Get allies on your side and turn the tables by offensively denouncing grievances yourself and demanding that your boundaries be respected. The mere fact that you actively defend yourself will encourage many perpetrators to leave you alone in the future.

The Nine of Wands Reversed also warns you not to assume that everyone around you wants to harm you. In the past, a trusted person betrayed you seriously.

That still makes it difficult for you to trust someone. But if you constantly live in the paranoia that everyone only wants to harm you, you will eventually hardly have people at your side.

Because relationships with others always have a common basis of trust on which we help and support each other.

Learn to trust again so that you can overcome your negative experiences and make new connections with your fellow human beings.

Reversed Nine of Wands Tarot Love Meaning


In a love tarot context, the Nine of Wands Reversed means that you are very exhausted and tired, which is why you lack the necessary energy to find a partner. You have just had a hard time or are in a life crisis, which is why you have hardly any strength to meet someone.

The search for love is only possible if you have the time and energy to get going. First of all, try to regain your strength by resolving the challenges in your everyday life.

Then you will have enough resources free again, which you can use for dating.

Furthermore, the Nine of Wands Reversed warns you not to impute negative motives to anyone interested in you. In past partnerships, your trust may have been severely violated.

But distrusting everyone interested in you will bring your love life to a standstill.

By learning to enter into more intensive relationships with other persons again, you can overcome past betrayals of trust. Allow yourself enough time to get to know someone and you will notice how your paranoia slowly turns into trust.


In a relationship, the Nine of Wands Reversed encourages you to fight out upcoming battles in your life together. Conflict is a natural part of any partnership and exposes hidden disagreements or problem areas.

If you ignore or try to cover up disagreements, they will harm your relationship and provoke even more fights.

In addition, through a healthy culture of conflict, you can learn a lot about compromise and how to treat your partner with dignity and respect.

Another aspect of the Nine of Wands Reversed is that you as a couple are currently overwhelmed by a difficult time. Your relationship stands still, as you have to muster all your strength to get through the crisis ahead of you.

Despite all your efforts, try not to lose sight of the time you have together so that you can recharge your batteries. You will emerge stronger from this difficult phase of life if you stick together and manage to give each other support.

Reversed Nine of Wands Health Meaning

The Nine of Wands Reversed indicates that an illness has caught you cold. The severity of the symptoms has thrown you completely off track so that you are very limited in your everyday life.

Seek help from a doctor quickly to get back on your feet. At the same time, you must put other plans on hold for the time being and concentrate entirely on your recovery.

Another aspect of the Nine of Wands Reversed is that the fight against chronic disease is very draining. You have already tried all the conventional treatments, but with only moderate success so far.

Try to distract yourself from your suffering by taking some time off to relax and unwind.

Reversed Nine of Wands Career Meaning

The Nine of Wands Reversed shows that you have a fundamental distrust of colleagues and superiors. Past negative experiences at work may be the cause of such paranoia.

Judge your employees by their actions and give them at least a small benefit of the doubt. Otherwise, you will increasingly isolate yourself at work.

Another meaning of the Nine of Wands Reversed is that you are exposed to a high workload that increasingly pushes you to your limits.

You are in danger of being overwhelmed by the sheer mass of work. Talk to your supervisor about the excessive workload and ask colleagues to help you out.

Reversed Nine of Wands Finances/Money Meaning

The Nine of Wands Reversed can express a crushing debt burden. In addition, there may be unexpected expenses that bring you to the edge of your financial possibilities.

Do not lose heart, but work off the most urgent obligations. If necessary, get support from family or your bank.

Another characteristic of the Nine of Wands Reversed is that you do not trust anyone regarding your money transactions. A healthy distrust can save you a lot of money.

However, you will also miss opportunities and valuable advice if you rely only on yourself. You should give people close to you the benefit of the doubt and profit from their experience in financial matters.

Reversed Nine of Wands Destiny Meaning

As a destiny card, the Nine of Wands Reversed stands for a high level of stress. Your reserves of strength are as good as exhausted by too many simultaneous struggles.

Even a small event threatens to overwhelm you and make you unable to act. Take some time out to replenish your energy reserves and bring a little more peace into your everyday life.

Reversed Nine of Wands Personality

The Nine of Wands reversed shows an extremely suspicious person. Such a person tends to paranoia quickly and thinks that most people mean him harm.

In addition, the card symbolizes that someone tends to exhaustion quickly. The person often reaches his limits even with minor stress and needs much longer to recover from stress.

Reversed Nine of Wands Tarot Past/Future


The tasks of the last weeks have sometimes overwhelmed you. From now on, take it a little easier and pay more attention to yourself.

Your distrust of others has grown considerably in the past time. Investigate the causes of your paranoia to find a solution.


Be careful not to take on too many tasks at once shortly. Otherwise, you will quickly get tired.

You are facing a fierce battle against external influences that prevent you from achieving your goals. Stand firm and plan fixed points of regeneration for this time.

Reversed Nine of Wands Tarot Card – Yes or No

With your decision, a real fight rages in you. Such a constant weighing costs a lot of time and energy so you have less strength for other things.

With a clear yes, you can save a lot of energy and be sure to have made a good choice for yourself.

The Wands Tarot Card Meanings