The Nines

Generally they show very great fundamental force. Executive power, because they rest on a firm base, powerful for good or evil.

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NINE OF WANDS, Lord of Great Strength (Moon in Sagittarius). Angels of the Decan: Yirthiel (i?KiTT>) and Sahiah (h>iiKiy).

This is Yesod in Atziluth, the influence of Yesod in the World of Pure Spirit. The Lunar powers acquire great strength in Sagittarius, although wherever Yesod and the Moon are concerned, there is always another side to the coin. Successes are accompanied by strife and apprehension. The good health which this aspect conveys is certain, but with doubt about the course it may later take. In divination the card means great strength, power, recovery from sickness.

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NINE OF CUPS, Lord of Material Happiness (Jupiter in Pisces). Angels of the Decan: Saliah (n^NO) and Aariel (i?KO)>).

This is Yesod in Briah, the influence of Yesod in the Mental World. Here the benevolence of Jupiter, functioning through the water of Pisces, effects happiness and satisfaction in Malkuth. This is a card of pleasure and sensuality which should be compared with the TEN OF CUPS, the success of which is more lasting.

Both the Crowley and Golden Dawn cards show nine cups overflowing and arranged in a square intended to suggest Chesed-Jupiter and the perfection of Water force here. Waite, on the other hand, illustrates the more mundane aspects of the card in its meaning of complete success and the fulfillment of wishes.

NINE OF SWORDS, Lord of Despair and Cruelty (Mars in Gemini). Angels of the Decan: Aaneval and Mochayel

This is Yesod in Yetzirah, the influence of Yetzirah in the Astral World. It takes little familiarity with astrology to recognize that the fiery Mars energy could do no good in the sign of dualities. In the Golden Dawn card the rose has been completely destroyed, while Crowley's version shows "poison and blood" dripping from the nine jagged and rusty swords.

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NINE OF PENTACLES, Lord of Material Gain (Venus in Virgo). Angels of the Decan: Hazayel (i?K'tn) and Aldiah (rr>*Ti>N).

This is Yesod in Assiah, the influence of Yesod in the Material World. Venus in Virgo brings great efficiency, but with a relative lack of overt feelings. The aspect tends also to favor the amassing of things; it is thus a card of material gain. This is suggested by the Golden Dawn Pentacles, each of which has a fully-developed rose bud beside it, the central one having two buds to indicate continuing growth and acquisition on the physical plane.

Crowley's card is particularly interesting, being far more complicated than it might first appear. He says of it: "The disks are arranged as an equilateral triangle of three, apex upwards, close together; and surrounded at some distance by a ring, six larger disks in the form of a hexagram. This signifies the multiplication of the original established Word by the mingling of 'good luck and management.' "88

In divination the card means inheritance or material gain.

The Illustrated Key To The Tarot

The Illustrated Key To The Tarot

The pathology of the poet says that the undevout astronomer is mad the pathology of the very plain man says that the genius is mad and between these extremes, which stand for ten thousand analogous excesses, the sovereign reason takes the part of a moderator and does what it can. I do not think that there is a pathology of the occult dedications, but about their extravagances no one can question, and it is not less difficult than thankless to act as a moderator regarding them.

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