What does the Nine of Wands mean?
This pithy meaning is related to one I posted a few years ago, and here are some additional thoughts about it:
We’ve all heard of PTSD, but we tend to think it’s something that just affects war veterans, not the rest of us. But actually, it is something that affects many of us, at least to some degree. It may not be as vivid as what Hollywood depicts (such as a veteran going crazy with only the thinnest of provocations), but I believe that when someone overreacts to a triggering situation, they may be acting out of some degree or sort of PTSD. This may not be a clinic diagnosis that a doctor would give, but it is a way of considering someone’s oversized reactions that you may be dealing with. So when someone seems to yell at you for no good reason, consider that perhaps they were just screaming in pain, and since it was your actions which inadvertently triggered that pain, you got hit by the shrapnel. (See also “hyperarousal” symptoms.)
And so we should remember what Plato said: “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” Consider also that sometimes we may need to apply that sort of compassionate understanding to ourselves as well.
PS: It is an interesting coincidence (as if there are any) that the painting which inspired the Nine of Wands in my Tarot of the Masters deck was “Nude Warrior with Spear” by Théodore Géricault. Géricault’s paintings often reflected dramatic military themes with great passion and vigor, but this one is uncharacteristically somber, as if the warrior is pensive about his past wounds.
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