The Nine of Wands is the card of resilience, persistence, courage, and boundaries. The card shows an injured man clutching a wand. He looks anxious and weary. He’s already been through a lot, but he is very close to reaching his goal.
The Nine of Wands reminds us that challenges are a part of life and every relationship. Nothing is perfectly good or perfectly bad. Everything has its own challenges. Our endurance and persistence shows the strength of our character. Additionally, this card also reminds us that healthy boundaries are necessary for successful relationships.
If you are asking about how someone sees you, and you draw the Nine of Wands, that means this person sees you as possessing grit. You arise from the ashes of hardship. You’re not someone who will crumble at the first sign of adversity. Having been burned many times in the past, you are guarded, and yet you remain hopeful. Scarred and weary, yes, but you are not giving up.
The Nine of Wands means that they see you as a survivor. Your strength and confidence can be intimidating. You are protective of yourself and everything that you hold dear. Suspicious of others’ motives, you proceed with caution and will not be rushed to make a decision. You may be tempted to quit sometimes, but you think of how far you’ve come, so you push forward.
For singles and those embarking on new relationships, the Nine of Wands is a sign that they may see you as someone who may have a lot of baggage from previous relationships. You may be slow to trust but once trust is earned, you are loyal. You may be eager to please for the sake of preserving the peace. When the relationship hits a snag, you won’t give up easily. They see you as someone willing to put in the time and effort in the relationship.
For existing relationships, the Nine of Wands means that they see you as willing to fight for this relationship and put in the work. You have survived many trials together and you don’t want to give up now. They are confident that you wouldn’t let outside forces ruin what you both have. They see you as a loyal partner who will stand by them through thick and thin. This relationship is not without hurdles, but your overall optimism and unwavering faith help make it last.
If you are asking about an ex’s intentions, the Nine of Wands shows that they see you as a valuable person worth fighting for. They want to make it right but they see you as unwilling to give it another go. You may still carry a torch for this person but you won’t be fooled again. You’re on high alert and will not back down if it means compromising your integrity. They know that it may take a long time to earn your trust again because you have put up so many boundaries.
In the context of whether or not a relationship is headed for commitment, engagement, or marriage, the Nine of Wands means that they see you as someone who is in it for the long haul once you commit. However, you don’t want to rush into deeper commitment until you’re absolutely certain that it’s worth it. Your fears and suspicions may be causing you to think twice. You love them and are loyal to them, and yet you have reservations when it comes to making long-term decisions. As a “9” card, it is very close to completion, but there may still be adjustments that need to be made before you take the plunge.
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If you are asking about how someone sees you, and you draw the Nine of Wands reversed, that means this person sees you as somewhat unkind and rude. You are obstinate to the point of rigidity. You have encountered setback after setback and are now nearing burnout. They see you as someone with a chip on their shoulder and are prone to wallow in self-pity. You are overprotective of yourself to the point that you miss out on a lot of opportunities.
The Nine of Wands reversed means that they see you as having views that may be different than what is generally accepted. You end up alienating yourself or causing others to feel alienated. You let disappointments get the better of you that you just want to throw in the towel. The Nine of Wands reversed is a person who wastes a lot of energy feeling sorry for themselves.You need to let your guard down and gain a new perspective.
For singles and those embarking on new relationships, the Nine of Wands reversed is a sign that they see you as refusing to compromise. You let your suspicions and doubts sabotage the relationship. Deep within, you don’t feel good enough so you always want validation. Your personal beliefs and prejudices have become a prison that prevents you from enjoying the present. Learn to relax and have faith that things will work out in the end.
For existing relationships, the Nine of Wands reversed means that they see you as someone who is ready to give up. You are overcome by the negatives of this relationship, and you don’t want to fight for it anymore. They see you as drained and exhausted and no longer want to move forward. They may see you as too jealous, suspicious, and controlling. When you don’t get what you want, you withdraw and become apathetic.
If you are asking about an ex’s intentions, the Nine of Wands reversed shows that they see you as unwilling to give it another go. You may have totally lost your trust for this person. They may want you to let your guard down and let them in again. However, they see you as being very defensive; you’ve been hurt and disappointed so there’s nothing left to fight for. The relationship has triggered your insecurities so much and you don’t want to get hurt again.
In the context of whether or not a relationship is headed for commitment, engagement, or marriage, the Nine of Wands reversed means that they see you as unwilling to commit. They may see you as too insecure and too focused on your own needs to make it work. Your overall pessimism and mistrust are hindering you from making long-term decisions when it comes to this relationship. This relationship may not be a hopeless case, but they want you to recognize your own faults and meet them halfway. They want you to take down your walls and have faith.
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For relationships and feelings, the Nine of Wands represents resilience and boundaries. Both of these qualities are necessary for any successful relationship. Even if they may not lead to the most fun conversations, they are necessary for success. The Nine of Wands reminds us that great relationships are built on the persistence of the everyday, not just big ideas or fleeting feelings of desire.
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