“...when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?” Sherlock Holmes in The Sign of the Four, ch. 6 (1890) (Doubleday p. 111)
“It is wiser to find out than to suppose”---Mark Twain
This tarot image pictures two “stiff upper-lipped” men discussing the news in front of a cosy fire; armchair debaters. Above the fireplace mantle rests reflective sunglasses. Reflected in the sunglasses are images of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, above this are nine candles shedding light on the debated subject. Clocks behind the candles represent the amount of time it takes to gather evidence in order to get to the point of being able to make conclusions based on the evidence.
INTERPRETATION: This tarot indicates being mentally in turn with others who will help you to reason out some situation in your life. You will feel you haven’t entirely got all the truth in order to make some informed decision, thus you will need to gather more information.
All nines in all of the suits are very powerful because the numbers
3x3 = 9,
This can either be a powerful positive (blessing) or negative (curse)
- In 9 of earth “Seasons” the power you have at your disposal now comes from a mastery of the seemingly mundane: family, home and friends and neighbours. In its most beneficial you will experience the pleasure of your home life and family, in its most negative you may discover family histories or secrets that do not appeal and at worst makes you feel ashamed to be a member of your family
- In 9 of fire “SECRET INVESTIGATIONS” the power you have at your disposal now comes from a mastery of the passions: through vocations or avocations, love relationships, sexuality and the arts. In its most beneficial you will experience a most satisfying and accomplished period through the secrets you uncover and if in your work you do research this is an extra benefit to give you the break-through you were looking for. In its most negative you may find that your investigations have led you to finding things out that you wish you never knew, and this can lead to falsely misconstrued accusations, which in turn can lead to a great explosion of arguments that have the potential of becoming physical fights, revenge-seeking and the ending of an important relationship.
- In 9 of Water "Resources" the power you have at your disposal now comes from a mastery of the emotions: through giving yourself to others, love relationships, spirituality and the photographic arts. In its most beneficial you will experience a full soul, a period of spiritual rebirth and romantic love, in its most negative you will be confused and unable to control your emotions and this can cause deep hurt, emotional crippling and loneliness
- In 9 of Air "Deception" the power you have at your disposal now comes from a mastery of the intellect: through an ability to ferret out any deception surrounding you. In its most beneficial you will experience of teaching, learning and research is enhanced, also others will likely seek you out for your good judgement, in its most negative you will find yourself in a situation where you feel you can only act in a deceitful way to protect yourself and this can lead to losing yourself in a tornado of lies
That which you need for expansion at the present time is actually hidden all about you. Your personal mission is to ferret out the truth under the cover of darkness, tell no one of your plans of progression. Rely heavily on your powers of observation. Everything you actually need you have about you and within you; realise this.
The fire represents a “burning desire” kindled in a safe and well-protected environment, a blessing that will really help you grow. Of course because this card is very powerful so you must tame its power in the way of the element.
When you find this tarot in its positive manifestation you will be able to deal with disappointments and utilise the opportunities a disappointment brings. You will be able to manage the fire in your belly and focus and concentrate your energy in order to complete important tasks and projects. You will be determined to gain the information you need to make important decisions, no matter how upsetting the information may be. This ability to separate yourself from the situation in order to objectively make decisions based on the evidence you have is typical.
When you find this tarot in its negative manifestation you will be apt to constantly expect the worst, which can cause you to appear or actually become paranoid and feel everyone is against you. You can be especially well-guarded and secretive and this will isolate you from others, reinforcing the idea that:
Sometimes the nine of fire can represent a final ordeal after a quite lengthy difficult period. Perhaps you may need to realise your part in the situation and accept it and this can bring you peace.
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