9 of Wands, card meanings, competitive, determined, Divination, Effort, fatigue, hold it together, keeping the pace effort, perservering, RPM, setbacks, spin bike, spinning, stamina, Strength, Tarot, Will
Personal Tarot Traits – Relating Personal Daily Experiences to a Daily Tarot Card
The 9 of Wands spinning on a spin bike!
[9 of Wands — Nobody else can put me to task if I’ve already learned how to do that for myself.]
“Crank up the resistance… get off the seat and up on the pedals… Dig in! Push, push, push! Drive, drive, drive… think of something you’ve always wanted and pretend all you have to do is to speed up a little bit more and it’s yours… dig, dig, dig! One, two, one two. Now’s a good time to remember why you’re doing this. Fifteen more seconds…. you’re almost there… up and over that hill… give it a little bit more up and over the top… 5, 4, 3, 2 AND ONE! You’re there. Good job, back it down.”
Breathless. A sip of water. Reviewing the effort. How well did I stay on the pace? Did I keep up with the beat of the music? Did I back it off at any point — why? How can I avoid that next time? Thinking about the effort…. another sip of water… keeping the pedals moving… checking my heart rate monitor… remembering the watts and RPM numbers when I glanced down at the monitor and how well I held the RPM’s that I had in mind for that workout.
Nine of Wands! It relates to “keeping the pace”, knowing how to hang-in because of past experiences, yet also about the possibility of being one’s own worst enemy. I’m not competitive with others–never have been really–not in the way athletes can be. I compete against my self, my past performances and my own personal goals and ideals.
Persevering despite set backs is another quality of the 9 of wands energy. I nearly laugh as I typed that line just now–setbacks. I’ve gained weight, lost weight, gained it back and lost it again over this past year. Talk about setbacks! But they were all of my own doing — my own worst enemy. That self-sabotage stuff can relate to this card as it applies to fighting one’s way back from setbacks.
All it takes is two weeks’ off from exercise and you start loosing fitness levels. Oh, how I’ve experience the one throughout my life!
Keyword meanings for this card are these: perseverance and stamina. Sometimes we have to “hold it together” through sheer will and while this is something we are challenged with emotionally often if we can hold tough physically, it helps us to do so emotionally too.
Sometimes in life we have to continue despite fatigue! We push onward no matter how tired we are and the more times in life we do this, the stronger we become. Strength of heart, of will, of mind as well as the physical body are developed in this way — or so has been my experience.
On the bike there are times my legs are screaming and I just have to let them and not resist or fight against the effort that I’m making because if I don’t stay relaxed chances are high that I won’t reach my goal. Determined effort.
This is the card that I pulled yesterday — 9 of Wands. At some point in the 30-minute interval workout all the bikes were filled with riders and I wondered how many of us were competing in some way with the rider either side of them or at least pretending to in order to assist in their workout.
I thought of the other riders yesterday as all those rods surrounding the single human on the card. I don’t mind being surrounded by others in that way and realized that ultimately I ride alone and like it that way.
If you work with tarot, maybe you will think of my spin bike experiences as you consider the card meanings in a reading. I know that I will. I love divination; just sayen’.
PS — I think of spinning as a meditation in learning to keep present, not letting mind drift.
ADDENDUM – WHY AND WHEREFORE’S OF THESE TYPES OF POSTS
In the morning when I first awaken, I let guidance come in and do a waking dream for the day ahead. On one of these occasions recently I received a directive in the form of an idea laced with intensity. “Draw a card at the beginning of the day and reflect on its meaning and then revisit it at day’s end correlating the day’s experiences with the card.” That’s the treasure at the end of the rainbow so-to-speak. Doing so gives insight into the world of divination for the purpose of adding layers or additional traits to the tarot card meaning. This deeper understanding to the cards can be applied for use when doing future readings. It’s like letting Life Itself teach us the cards.