"Four hands as in the previous symbol holding eight wands crossed four and four, but a fifth hand at the foot of the card holds another wand upright, which traverses the point of junction with the others. Flames leap therefrom. Above and below the symbols Luna and Sagittarius.
"Tremendous and steady force that cannot be shaken. Herculean strength, yet sometimes scientifically applied. Great success, but with strife and energy. Victory preceded by apprehension and fear. Health good and recovery, yet doubt. Generous, questioning and curious, fond of external appearances, intractable, obstinate.
"Yesod of Yod. (Strength. Power. Health. Recovery from sickness.) Herein rule Yirthiel and Sahiah."
The Nine of Wands is Yesod in the scale of Atziluth. It is the Moon, a Firm Foundation in the Archetypal World of Pure Spirit. Yesod is the realm of the Astral Light, a magnetic current of energy which underlies all forms on the material plane. All physical forms are created on the Astral before they manifest in the material world. Yesod is the sphere in which the Magician operates to effect changes in the physical plane. It is the Sephirah of meditation and Magick. The Moon with its distinct cycles of light and dark is the planet assigned to Yesod. Likewise, the Astral Plane, divided into two parts, Upper and Lower, retains the records of all images, both beautiful and hideous, created from the collective mind of humanity. Yesod also has attributed to it the sexual organs of Microprosopus, thus the sexual serpent energy is said to reside there. This procreative aspect of Yesod is another reason for its title of, "Foundation." All of the nines therefore indicate very great fundamental force, resting on a firm basis, whether for good or ill, depending upon dignity.
The Nine of Wands is a card representing great energy. Yesod in the scale of Fire is well suited, as it reflects the solar energy of Tiphareth just as the Moon reflects the light of the Sun. Moon in Sagittarius is also a powerful combination, which shows a gain in potency and vigor.
The flashing colors of Fire are shown in the card as customary for all Wand cards. A fifth hand is seen for the first time in this suit, holding the Wand of Great Strength in the center of the other eight Wands. Five is the number of the Pentagram, a symbol long associated with the Moon and with Yesod. It symbolizes the four elements crowned and completed by the fifth element of Spirit. The five hands therefore represent a strong foundation of Great Strength. The background color of the card is indigo or violet-blue. Blue is the color of Heh, the Great Feminine Principle as well as the color given to the Moon in the King Scale. The violet influence shows the effect of red ... the Fire of Yod adding the Strength of Atziluth to Yesod.
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