The Nines of the Minor Arcana in Egyptian Tarot, unlike in other Tarot traditions, are considered the last number of the Minors.  This is because, as explained at the beginning of the minor series in this blog, the Minors in Egyptian tarot relate specifically to the decanates of the zodiac.  There are 12 signs of the zodiac, each broken down into three 10-degree decanates: 3 X 12  = 36 Decanates;  4 Minor Arcana anchored by 9 Major Arcana equals 4 X 9 = 36, the number of Decanates. 


The Tens in Egyptian Tarot relate to the four seasons and the concept of CHANGE, as will be discussed in a future blog.


The Nines in Egyptian Tarot are anchored by Major Arcanum IX, The Sage, representing in general, WISDOM AND PRUDENCE, hopes and wishes, and the benefits of friends and associates.  


A word about the number 9:  Our numbering system is based upon 10, and all numbers are represented by the digits 0-9.  The number 9 becomes the final single-digit number before new numbers must be represented by a combination of 0-9.  Because of this, 9 represents a limit, a boundary, or symbol of accumulative attainment. Such expressions like “a cat has nine lives,” “the whole nine yards,” “cloud nine,” “dressed to the nines,” “a stitch in time saves nine” are all variations of the highest degree, or nth degree, or maximum.  Nine equals three trinities (3 x 3 = 9) and as such has been considered representative of sacred principles taken to their ultimate expression.  The Chaldeans as well as many cultures around the world, both ancient and contemporary, believed 9 to be thrice sacred and symbolic of perfection, balance and order.


The Sage or in the Waite deck, The Hermit, like the number 9, is a little profound, too.  In the Hero’s Journey or the Fool’s Journey, he is the enlightened stranger who appears just in the nick of time to lend guidance to a battered and challenged hero.  Some of our favorite Sages are: Merlin, Glenda the Good Witch, the fairy godmother, and Yoda.  I’m sure you can think of many, many more.


Our first Nine in this series is the Nine of Scepters.  The key phrase for the mundane interpretation of the Nine of Scepters is WISE AND PROFITABLE FRIENDSHIP.  Other key mundane interpretations for this card might be:


Happiness from children


Success in the entertainment business


Discretion in speculation


Friends influence business


Original methods in business


The astrological interpretation for the Nine of Scepters is based upon the Leo decanate of Sagittarius and the key phrase is ILLUMINATION.   The third decanate of Sagittarius, the Leo-decanate, is picture in the heavens as Sagitta, the Arrow.  The arrow that Mithra shot against a rock producing water from a stone, it represents the soul piercing the illusions of matter.  Through this piercing, the importance of incarnate souls quenching its thirst at the fountain of Divine Consciousness becomes clear.


The spiritual message of the Nine of Scepters is:  True religion is the discernment of the Divine Plan and a Conscious Cooperation in its Fulfillment.  __C.C. Zain (Spiritual Astrology)


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About letstalktarot

Allyn McCray began reading Tarot in 1971 after discovering a deck in an occult shop in San Francisco, California. In 1999, the American Tarot Association recognized her as a Certified Tarot Reader. During her experience as an Internet reader between 2000 and 2002, Allyn’s readings were regularly featured on the websites, Psychicnut and Roadtalk. In 2002, Allyn joined The Church of Light, aka Light.Org, a non-profit international school of esoteric studies, where she is now a Hermetician, Certified Teacher, and Minister. Allyn also serves as the Communications Director of The Church of Light and is a Section Advisor in The Order of the Sphinx.
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