Tarot is composed of layers of symbols, each with its own message. Have you seen cards of the same number within a single reading? Does the same number keep appearing over and over again in nearly every spread? The Universe is trying to tell you something. It’s time to integrate that number’s meaning into your interpretations. When you do this, it deepens your understanding. Sometimes I read all the cards of one value when I start a reading. It sets a tone and gives me perspective. See how this minor change shapes your interpretations. It might feel like we’re at the end, but we’re just that much closer. It’s time for the nines.
The upright nines are about completion, solitude, wisdom, and integrity. They offer protection.
Meditate on where you started and compare it to where you are now. Are you wiser than when you started?
Inversions can be tricky, because they can be interpreted so many ways. Sometimes inversions slow things down. Sometimes they turn things around completely. They can represent an internal journey, or a brush with the mystical. The inverted nines lack discipline and self-awareness. They indicate hostility, impaired defenses, and dependency. But, they may also represent inner wisdom, compassion, releasing toxins, and gain in the mental or spiritual realms. They suggest an imbalance in an element, and offer you the opportunity to transform that element (Rods are fire, Cups are water, Swords are air, and Pentacles are earth).
Meditate on where you feel defenseless. How often does that make you lash out? How often does it make you feel compassionate for others in similar situations? Look closely at the elements that are inverted and try to integrate more of the other elements into the situation. If swords are inverted, stop thinking and start doing. If cups are inverted, write down what you’re feeling and safely burn them. If rods are inverted, take a long bath or shower. If pentacles are inverted, try doing something spontaneous.