the nine of wands keeps coming up for me - this is the third time i've seen it in two weeks. it seems to describe this move so aptly, and it feels like it's haunting me. i even dreamed about this card the other night. i can't seem to escape it.
when a card is recurring like this, i think it's tempting to blow it off or find a way to explain it all - yeah, yeah, i get it. especially with a card like this, in a situation like this: we've been working towards this move for months, it seems like every stage gets more complicated and difficult, and this card signifying the end of a long journey and perseverance seems rather... obvious.
many of my resources talk about stalker cards, and the importance of giving them their due. when a card continues to show up in different readings, it's trying to tell us something important, make us see something that we're missing. and while the meaning of this card seems fairly straightforward to me, i'm also a very new reader - there's always more to learn, additional insights, new information and hidden meanings that i need to spend some time parsing through.
with that in mind, i decided to do a simple three-card spread to gain additional insight into this card, and what i might be missing.
1. what is the importance of this card in my life right now?
seven of swords. secrecy, protection, remaining aware of surroundings, staying on guard - this card fascinates me. so many possible meanings, so many layers. this card can speak to deception, to procrastination, to avoidance, but i've always seen a fox under tremendous pressure, trying to remain aware of the dangers and protect herself. even in a position of rest, she's got one eye open, a sword at the ready. she knows about the swords overhead - she's looking forward, staying aware of any new dangers she hasn't seen yet.
i see a lot in this card, particularly in this position - i think i've been extremely afraid of this move falling apart, and haven't wanted to completely commit to the process in case it doesn't work out. with someone taking over our sublet, our application to a new place pending board and management approval, the owner of our new apartment also trying to get approved for her new place - it's so many moving pieces, and i don't want to be too disappointed if it doesn't work out. but being so guarded and protective of myself, being so aware of all of the potentials for this to go wrong... it's making me slow and overly cautious. i'm putting off tasks that i could easily do now, simply because it moves me closer to the end. and while protecting myself isn't completely foolish, it's also working against me.
2. what is preventing me from hearing the message of this card?
five of wands. scattered, unfocused, lost, confused, overwhelmed. this is absolutely the best card in the deck to describe my current frame of mind. i'm practically in a daze, can't pay attention to details, and feel utterly exhausted. i keep missing pieces and forgetting to do things, putting things off and never coming back to them.
i'm so concerned with what might go wrong, so overwhelmed by the possibilities and making contingency plans, that i've completely lost sight of what it would mean to actually move. i can't envision my goal. my limited energy is pointing in a million directions.
3. how can i release any blockages?
three of pentacles. focus, collaborate, find discipline. the only card in the spread with any hints of color, it seems to point to both my dealing with the nine of wands as well as how i need to make this move happen at all. by harnessing my skills, leaning on the abilities of others, and working hard, i can both understand the deeper meanings of this card and also get everything on my enormous to-do list completed.
my recent cards have been pointing to focus and structure, from the fiery energy of the ace of wands to the stable, disciplined presence of the emperor. teamwork has been the key to my tarot studies, both in relying on the wisdom of more experienced readers and also getting involved in forums and speaking more with friends about what the tarot is teaching me. by continuing to harness that energy i'll find a deeper understanding of the nine of wands, and will also be able to accomplish my goals.
overall, this was a really helpful spread. my fears of failure and my overall exhaustion are keeping me from the main message of the nine of wands - to stay calm, and to focus on one step at a time. it feels like i keep getting close to my goal only to have another setback, another complication, another delay - but if i can stay focused on each small task, rather than worrying about everything that may go wrong, and if i can lean on my husband and my friends and my family to help me get through this, this move will happen just the way it should.