8 Nine of Wands Tarot Meanings: Love, Outcomes, Feelings & More!

The meaning of the Nine of Wands Tarot card is ‘injury.’ The Nine of Wands is the Tarot card that appears when you want to give up. You feel as though the end is nowhere in sight – and it’s true that you must do a lot of work before you can turn your back on this situation.

The Nine of Wands General Tarot Meaning

The Nine of Wands can mark little setbacks that accumulate and weigh heavily on you. In a Tarot reading, the Nine of Wands in a Tarot reading will predict one thing happening after another. For example, if you’re going on holiday, your flight will be delayed. Then your taxi from the airport will get mysteriously canceled. Then it’ll take forever to get you checked into the hotel. The Nine of Wands is, generally, a pain in the ass.

It’s also common to see the Nine of Wands after arguments and stalemates with friends, family, and lovers. The Nine of Wands can mark a major fall-out. You don’t know where you stand with the individual you’ve had a conflict with and will be unsure how to proceed.

If you’re ambitious, the Nine of Wands warns that what you want to achieve will take a very long time, much longer than anticipated. You will feel as though everything is standing in the way of what you want and that nothing will go right for you.

The Nine of Wand’s Rider-Waite design speaks volumes and reflects the fact that it can predict illness and injury. You should take extra precautions and not be too careless during the time the Nine of Wands represents. Sometimes, however, the card can represent emotional pain.

You will pull the Nine of Wands if you have a lot of emotional baggage from your upbringing or previous relationships. You’re a people-pleaser who wants others to like you because, deep down, you feel unworthy. Therefore, you’re the type of person who others walk over and take advantage of.

On the opposite end of the scale, the Nine of Wands can appear if you’re unwilling to let anyone into your inner circle. You do not trust easily and are suspicious of others. The Nine of Wands, however, is a sign that your mistrust may be justified, which is a positive aspect of the card; you’re not quick to let the snakes into your backyard.

The Nine of Wands Tarot love and relationships
I usually always interpret the Nine of Wands as a block or setback.

Another positive face of the Nine of Wands is that it symbolizes preparation. Perhaps you’re the person who keeps scrapping plans because you know the end product isn’t going to be amazing. Your intuition and Tarot cards are telling you that you’re correct in your feelings. You must wait until the time is right and you have all the facts.

Nine of Wands Love Tarot Meaning

The Nine of Wands is not a positive card to receive for most types of love Tarot readings.

I often see the Nine of Wands with seekers who do a lot of waiting around on their lovers. You’re constantly waiting on them to call you, text you back, show up. They let you down time and time again. If they’re not behaving this way yet, they will in the future if the Nine of Wands appears in an outcome position; this represents you hanging around waiting for them to change.

It seems that the ball is in your partner’s court – they control the destiny of your relationship. You’re unsure if they want to be with you or not because they leave you with nothing but confusion. Although you know you could be happier with someone else, you are not confident enough to let them go just yet. You think that if you just hold on that little bit longer, they’ll come around.

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Nine of Wands Feelings Tarot Meaning

If you’re wondering what a potential partner’s feelings are toward you, the Nine of Wands is a sign that they see you as an option, not as a priority. They like you to be there when it’s suitable for them, not you. Your Tarot cards are advising you that there’s better out there than someone you have to chase after.

Nine of Wands Career & Business Tarot Meaning

The Nine of Wands will appear in a career Tarot reading when you feel like throwing in the towel. You will feel like giving up because everything is going wrong. The career or business you have chosen isn’t anything like what you expected. 

The Nine of Wands serves as a reminder that business isn’t for everyone. If you’ve tried it out and don’t like it, the Nine of Wands is telling you that you can always quit. If you feel as though everything is getting too much, there’s nothing wrong with deciding this isn’t the life you want.

The Nine of Wands can also symbolize a project that doesn’t do as well as you anticipated. It won’t be smooth sailing, and the results will not be what you’ve expected. You will feel as though the universe is against you, and in this case, it might just be.

Nine of Wands Future Tarot Meaning

There is much for you to do if the Nine of Wands appears in the future or outcome of your Tarot reading. It seems as though you’re going to have to face a lot of small but annoying setbacks. If you feel as though this is happening now, you will have more to endure in the future. However, don’t worry, as I have a feeling you can handle it. 

Yes or No with The Nine of Wands Tarot Meaning

General – In a yes or no Tarot reading, the Nine of Wands often represents a ‘no, not just now.’

Do they like me? – Even if they do like you, they will have their guard up. It seems that this person will not want to let you into their world. 

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Am I pregnant? – I do not interpret the Nine of Wands as a pregnancy card. 

Is this relationship going to last? – No, this relationship will not last, especially if you’re faced with a lot of problems at present. 

Does the future of this look promising? – No, the future of this matter looks particularly painful. 

Am I going to reconcile with my ex? – Your ex-lover does not appear to be coming back at any time in the foreseeable future. 

The Nine of Wands as a Negative, Weakness, or Obstacle

When the Nine of Wands appears in a negative, weakness, or obstacle Tarot spread position, this means you are experiencing delays, constant setbacks, and plans that are always being canceled. It seems as though everything is taking a long time to take shape. You’re currently being blocked from moving forward just now, so you’ll have to wait the situation out. 

Nine of Wands as a Positive, Strength, or Advantage

When the Nine of Wands appears in a positive, strength, or advantage Tarot spread position, it means you are not easily fooled. Your suspicions are often justified, and you manage to keep your cards close to your chest. You can protect yourself. 

The Nine of Wands will also appear as a positive if you’re willing to wait until the time is right. You like to prepare yourself. You gather all the facts. Your personality means that you are the type of person who’s not going to give up. You might pause, but only so that you can catch your breath.

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