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Nine of Wands

by Abella

Card Meaning
Artistic Media
Artist's Bio


This card is in celebration of the goalie from the game of hockey: A favourite Canadian national sport.

The goalie ensures the 9 of Wands puck does not get into the net and helps his or her teammates play defensively. Yet the goalie, in large part, stands and skates alone within a confined space.

Abella went with an abstract, surreal, minimalist, graphic design, advertisement, post-modern mass effect for this 9 of Wands Tarot card.

Many levels of meaning are intended to be found by each individual viewer of the card and Abella can only attempt to describe but a few of the consciously created details, symbolism, and meaning that exists within the card.

For example, one may see a goalie made up of the word "goalie" as well as hockey sticks for knee pads or perhaps a hockey rink (glass, boards, and ice).


The goalie's knee pads and hockey stick make up the traditional 9 wands of fire. The stick symbolizes the passion and tool used for the goalie to protect the net.

The abstract goalie's eye is a sun that sees clearly the goal ahead as well as telling the opposing team to steer clear away lest they be burned by the sun.

In astrology your sun sign signifies outwardly appearing personality traits. This card's elemental significance is sun in Sagittarius. Sagittarius belongs to the element of fire and it's here where the sign becomes the mouth on our abstract goalie. The goalie is letting us know what type of personality he or she is.

Many Sagittarius' seek challenge, adventure, and freedom and are optimistic and enthusiastic. They work well with others but prefer personal independence. These traits are expressed in the goalie personality as well.


Black: Strength, Injured, masculinity
Red: Passion, Strength, femininity
Blue: Icey Cold, Bruised, masculinity
White: Good Intentions, Snow, femininity

The months between November and March are considered the winter season for Toronto, Ontario and most of Canada. This also happens to be a time when ice hockey is played a lot.

Card Meaning

The 9 of Wands is about standing up to a powerful force even if that means doing it alone and potentially getting hurt in that process. The 9 of Wands is about being prepared, determined, dedicated, tough, independent, an energized gate, overcoming adversity, focusing strength, confident, and having a positive outlook that leads to future success. It says: "I'm not giving up!"

The 9 of Wands is the beginning of the end. This card holds both masculine and feminine energies due to the element of fire and the number 9. It is a card that sees a person at both his or her weakest and strongest point while coming out alive and kicking -- stronger than ever before.

When the 9 of Wands represents a person, he or she masters and sacrifices his or her fear in order to drum up the focused and precise strength needed to reach the goal of protection.

Artistic Media

Digital design and photo of a puck.

Artist's Bio

Abella lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada -- home to many hockey players (one of which includes her beautiful partner & fellow psychic Tarot reader Ryan). She is a full time esoteric reader, teacher, and entertainer focusing on psychic abilities, Tarot and other tools.

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