The Nine of Wands card suggests that my power today lies in remarkable gratitude. I am not a victim. There are no lost causes. "I've been there, done that, and know suffering -- but it's all good." I'm still standing. "Can't touch this." Self-pity is an excuse to do nothing. To appeal to sympathy for pity's sake is to seek affirmation of the choice to do nothing. I am empowered by the spirit and support of meaningful experience and I transform with silent resilience.
- defending yourself
- assuming ill will expecting the worst taking extra precautions being paranoid feeling wary and guarded protecting others remembering past attacks
- persisting despite all setbacks refusing to take "no" for an answer seeing something through to the end getting knocked down, then standing up keeping your resolve trying repeatedly
- showing stamina
- continuing despite fatigue holding fast drawing on hidden reserves holding together through force of will demonstrating physical strength keeping up the pace