Nine of Wands
This tarot card is a depiction of perseverance and determination. In a reading, it means that we have been through a gruelling time defending our ideas and beliefs, but we have not lost hope or strength. Virtue and emotion have both held us in good stead; we may have been beaten down, but have come back with renewed vigour. We find ourselves standing at an advantageous position, so we have no regrets for the disappointments and failures we have faced. Dreams give wings to our desires, and we are willing to stand by our beliefs until the end of our journey.
The biggest chunk of the Tarot deck, 56 of the 78 cards, comprise the Minor Arcana. 40 cards out of these fall exclusively under the Minor Arcana, while the other 16 also form a part of the Royal Arcana or Court Cards. If the Major Arcana can be said to convey the big picture, the Minor Arcana signifies the specifics in the life of a person. It is divided into four parts: The Suit of Swords signifies the realm of the mind and intellect, our decisions and insights. The Suit of Cups has to do with the things of the heart, things we love and care about. The Suit of Wands represents our power and life energy as applied to the situations and events we face in life. And lastly, the Suit of Pentacles represent our labours and the rewards we gain from them.