I delayed writing this post because there was some epic construction noise happening today and it didn't feel like a nurturing environment to write or contemplate this card. Which I actually feel was a blessing, because as I sat down tonight, I was clearer in mind and my intuition reminded me of the concept of Kintsugi.
Kintsugi ("golden joinery"), also known as Kintsukuroi ("golden repair"), which is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise. It understands that there is real beauty in the break. It isn't ashamed of the break and treats it as an opportunity to grow and transform with even more beauty.
I feel this is the essence of the Nine of Wands. It is the opportunity to heal and grow. To be proud of past failures or hurts and to be grateful for the wisdom it taught. It is presenting an opportunity to heal in a way that will transform you.
While it may not look how it was before, there is a freedom in embracing what you once thought was broken and being grateful for the transformation.
The wands are the energy of career, motivation, achievement. I feel this card is calling us to look at our perspective on life. The person in this card may be a bit broken, but they are healing. It is the opportunity to heal, to move forward and to see what was broken or 'failed' as an opportunity to repair and transform.
As you can see, this person is standing in front of the other wands. They are moving forward. They are wearing a bandage - but they are healing. This is their "golden joinery" - they can allow it to take their confidence, or they can stand proud in their history.
Over our lifetime we will all have cracks at some point. Whether it's broken or failed business, relationships, homes, etc. We may not choose the breaks, but we can choose how we perceive them, how we process them and how we piece them back together.
Embrace your "golden joinery" and remember, there is beauty in the break. There is beauty in the nurturing love in how you repair. And, there is beauty in the transformation that follows.
Deck: Rider Waite Tarot
Photography: Megan Cook