Nine of Wands
Description: A warrior king sits on his horse overlooking his army. For the most part, they have won the war but they have not yet declared a victory as the fighting may not be over. There are a few more pockets of enemies that must be dealt with.
In a Reading: Sometimes with leadership comes the paranoia of being challenged and overthrown. It does not have to involve a kingdom or group, it could be a single warrior who expects to be challenged at any time. He has little trust in the people who approach him, and may even be suspicious of friends. He is always ready for a fight and remains alert for any challengers. He is tired and worn out, and may be nursing old injuries but he is drawing on hidden reserves which come from a deep spiritual energy. He remains ready because there is a feeling that it is not over yet. He is not charging forward or attacking, he is holding his position on the hill and on the defensive. It is almost over, but there is one last challenge to be met.
Regarding your occupation: The position you want is almost in the bag, but there is one more thing that has to be done. A final interview, or review. Your project is almost completed but there is one final and important thing that has to be done. You are so close to completion you can almost touch it but a glitch appears that must be handled. You are ready to tackle that last obstacle. It's not over until the fat lady sings.
Regarding Romance: The problem might seem fatal for your relationship but perhaps you both just need to back off a little, take a deep breath and get some breathing space before you call it quits. You can get through this last obstacle with determination, tact and diplomacy. You need to clarify communication and get realistic about your goals and find out if they are compatible with your significant other. Find out what both of your expectations for the relationship are. Try to do this in a practical manner instead of getting angry and emotional about it. Be aware when one of you crosses his or her arms in a defensive position, this means that they are feeling threatened. Then try approaching the subject again from a more understanding and less offensive or threatening angle.
Regarding your health: If you are feeling under the weather, don't try to push yourself to go to work or ignore the fact that you need to address this bug head on. Make up your mind to give your body the care and rest it needs, at the same time keep your eye on your goal. Realize that in order to tackle the upcoming activities you will need your health and your strength. Don't gamble with your health. Ply yourself with anti-biotic's, germ and parasite killing remedies like garlic and grapefruit seed extract, and food and remedies that strengthen your immune system. At the very least, get some rest and have some chicken soup.
General Advice: You have honed your skills enough to overcome any obstacle but don't let your guard down just yet. You are almost there and not quite ready to relax. You may feel stagnated at the moment, but things will start moving again soon and you will get through it. Stay resolved and do whatever it takes to finish the journey. You are very close to completion.
Reversed: If you are not vigilant you will let your guard down and someone will get the best of you. Stay alert; it's not quite over yet. Don't ignore that nagging feeling that someone is watching you looking for a weakness in your defenses.
The Painting: Richard the Lion Heart
Newell Convers Wyeth (October 22, 1882 – October 19, 1945), known as N.C. Wyeth, was an American artist and illustrator.