Each week, I pull a card from a random Tarot deck to bring us a message or piece of wisdom that we can think about or use in our lives on some level – if not now, we can refer back to it when it seems to be more fitting for us. This is food for thought, and not drawn for any one particular person or situation.
9 of Bats (Wands) / Out
Strike Three! You’re OUT! Those are some pretty defeating words in the game of baseball. And as the Nine of Bats appears for this week, we may encounter some frustrations or defeats of our own.
In a traditional Nine of Wands, we see an injured man who has surrounded himself with a protective barrier of wands. He’s been hurt in the past. He’s felt the sting of defeat. And he’s determined not to let it happen again as he looks around with a guarded and wary eye.
Defeats in life are usually of a temporary nature. And if you strike out, you need to get right back into the game! Use failures and defeats as lessons to help you improve. Anything in life takes practice, and without making mistakes here and there, we wouldn’t learn a whole lot. So keep things in perspective this week.
While protecting yourself is one thing, you want to also make sure that you are not using barriers to close yourself off from people and life experience. Use this warrior energy to push yourself ahead after a previous injury or setback. Use it to build your determination. There are really no true “mistakes” – but there are plenty of lessons to learn in the game of life.
While Thomas Edison did not invent the first electric light bulb, he invented the first commercially practical incandescent light — but not without a lot of trial and error. When asked what it felt like to fail 1,000 times, he said he didn’t fail, but had learned 1,000 ways that you could not produce light in this manner. There are, of course, various numbers of “failure” in circulation for Edison’s attempts (like 100 or 10,000), but the point is that he didn’t give up!
The 9 of Bats is not an energy of weakness. It’s actually a card of strength. If you have tried and failed, there is no shame in that. The only real shame is to not learn and not try. So this week, stand your ground and be disciplined with both yourself and others. If you’re involved in something that is worth fighting for, then defend those boundaries and show yourself and others just what you’re made of.
Know that victory comes to those who endure. Be patient. Plan your next course of action, and think before you leap into something. Preparation and planning are important this week. Even if someone or something is demanding a lot from you, discipline will get you through to carry out whatever tasks are required. If you get “knocked down” in life, you need to get right back up again. You will only be beaten if you believe that you have been beaten.