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Numerology focuses on the energetic value of single-digit numbers (with the exception of master numbers 11, 22, 33, etc), with the goal being to break all numbers down to their base value. by adding the numbers together until they reach a single-digit... Such as my birthday 5-29-1971, 5+2+9+1+9+7+1= 34/7 (3+4=7). This format 9 represents the ending point, the crossroad tipping point of contemplation before stepping into something new. It is neither the ending, nor the beginning, but the space just before such things percolate!

There is a transient or temporary feel to nine as if the things we have achieved are not firmly anchored. This is noted in the Nine of Wands, which generally depicts someone standing watch; patrolling back and forth in front of the wands as if they were defending a fort. Often the guard is armored, showing that there is a seriousness to the defense, however, there is generally no sign of distress on the face of the patrolman. When the Nine of Wands shows up in a reading, it is generally telling us that what we must be attentive to that which we have acquired; as it is not yet fully secure, showing us that while we have achieved our goal, we have not yet secured the foundation. We have captured the flag, and now must secure the castle!

The Nine of Swords brings our thinking into the darker realm of shadow and fear, representing nightmares and worries! When it shows up in a reading it is clear that the querent is experiencing heavy thoughts, that weigh them down. When the Nine of Swords shows up in a reading it is important to remember that our thoughts are being amplified by our fears and that often the thoughts we are stuck on are distorted because of such. Connected to the end of the numerological cycle the Nine of Wands generally speaks of the fear of losing what we have worked so hard to achieve; regardless of whether that work has been physical or simply in the planning stages of our mind. The fact that the person in the card is woken from a dream, shows that what we fear is connected to that which we hold dear, resonating with our personal dreams!

The Nine of Cups steps away from the fear that causes us to grip our dreams with clenched hands and tight breathe, to a space of love and joy in which we can ponder the wonder of our life and the joy of arrival. It is a place of recognizing the fruits of our harvest, the hard work we have put in paying off, and the celebration of life! Still, we contemplate our situation, but from this perspective we are thankful, and genuinely allow ourselves to enjoy the abundance that life has provided us. It is a card of delights which are represented by the cups themself; filled to the brim with goodness! In the Starman deck, we see the cups filled with the building blocks of sacred geometry; the very shapes that make-up life! When this card shows up in a reading it is telling us to enjoy what we have worked so hard to build!

The Nine of Pentacles is deeply connected to intellectual knowledge and our physical world. It tells the story of prosperity and achievements, recognizing that we have gained a level of success through our hard work and perseverance. The Nine of Pentacles is often depicted through the image of a well-groomed garden; a sign that the success was earned! In the Druidcraft Tarot, the symbolism of hard work is depicted by the hawk the woman is holding; which shows a relationship earned and built over time. You also will notice that her third eye is slightly illuminated, showing that she has gotten to her destination through her knowledge, skill, and intuition. When this card shows up in a deck, you know that the destination is one that is earned!

In traditional Numerology nine represents the ending of a cycle, as we break down numbers into single digits making the number 10 a 1 as 1+0=1. The Tarot however has cards numbered 1-10, so our journey with the numbers so of the Tarot will continue in the next blog as I share the transitioning power of 10!

The Contemplative Nines is part 9 of a 10-part series. You can find my other Tarot Series: my 22 part series on THE MAJOR ARCANA, my 4 part series on THE SUITS OF THE TAROT, and my 4 part series on the COURT OF THE TAROT by following this link-

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