This card has a great deal to do with breaking through resistance and confinement. The barrier might relate someone else or within yourself. In either case, this is the call to rejoin or release entirely.
This card often involves an extended period of waiting. It might be in the grocery line, or that big break you’ve been waiting for. It’s been such a long wait in many cases, that you might fear you’ll never attain your goal (or pay for that fabric softener). You always have choice in these matters. You can stick with it or let it go. This is a time to evaluate how you might be standing in your own way. Is there a shorter line somewhere else, someplace the cashier isn’t waiting for a price check? Have you been keeping your community at arms length to avoid heartache? Have you stayed in a job, because you know how to do it rather than because you were doing something important? It’s time to break through the barriers and get on with your life.
The Suit — Rods, Wands, Staves, or Clubs
The Rod is a tool with a spark of life in it. This suit is associated with the element of fire, due largely to an ancient belief that fire is held captive in wood. Certainly, sensitive souls can feel the energy of wood, but we don’t expect it to combust on its own. When we refer to this suit as Wands, we acknowledge its power. Rods are creative and fiery. They can also feel like a burden in excess.
The Number — 9
Nine represents completion, solitude, and protection.
There is nothing to fear with an inversion. Mary K. Greer explains in her book, The Complete Book of Tarot Reversals, that an inverted card may be interpreted in one or more of these twelve ways:
- Blocked or Resisted
- Delayed, Difficult, Unavailable
- Inner, Unconscious, Private
- New or Dark Moon (if you are reading cards from a round deck)
- Breaking Through, Overturning, Refusing, Changing Direction
- The Opposite of the Upright Meaning, or Lacking
- Misused or Misdirected
- The Upright Meaning Backward
- A Rectification or Cure
- Magical, Unconventional, or Humorous