Upright: The card signifies strength in opposition. If attacked, the person will meet an onslaught boldly; and his build shews, that he may prove a formidable antagonist. With this main significance there are all its possible adjuncts–delay, suspension, adjournment. Additional: Generally speaking, a bad card.
Reversed: Obstacles, adversity, calamity Additional: Generally speaking, a bad card.
Nine of Wands – Tarot Card Description
The figure leans upon his staff and has an expectant look, as if awaiting an enemy. Behind are eight other staves–erect, in orderly disposition, like a palisade.