|The nines are cards in which the Querant has finished an important stage of his or her journey, though the end of the journey may be surprising. These cards speak of times when life is filled to abundance, and the Querant can pause and reflect on the things he or she has acheived. In a reading, the Nines indicate that whatever the Querant has focused his or her attention on is coming to fruition.
The Nine of Ribbons
Wish granted! A woman dances in ecstacy on the patio of the bathhouse. She does not even need to touch the ribbons; they respond to her as if by magic, embellishing her movements in a beautiful swirl of color.
In a reading, this card reveals the sincerest desire of the Querant is granted. He or she is free to claim the prize and dance in the ecstacy of dreams come true. In this card lies the promise that all the Querant needs to do is to grant the wish to himself or herself.
The Nine of Chains
A woman sits nude on a stone bench in the middle of a garden, surrounded by beautiful flowers. She wears cuffs on her wrists and ankles. Each cuff is attached by two fine chains to a belt around her waist. Behind her stands another woman, also nude. The standing woman wears a collar, and the chain attached to that collar is held by the seated woman. The standing woman is sliding her hands over the seated woman's breasts.
The women in the Nine of Chains are lost in a private world of pleasure, secure from the outside, free to explore what their hearts desire. This card appears to let us know that our work is paying off; we have reached a time when it is okay to relax and savor the rewards we have reaped. We know our own self well enough, and our sense of self is strong enough, to allow others to know us, too.
The Nine of Books
Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come. Nothing is more dangerous than an idea whose time has come.
In this card, we see the girl in her bookstore, standing protectively in front of a shelf of nine books. In front of her, an angry crowd of people waves their fists in the air, demanding that she remove the books from her shelves...for the sake of the children, of course. The girl, adamant, refuses to yield.
In a reading, this card indicates the Querant has something worth protecting--something that other people may find threatening. The Querant has a responsibility--indeed, even a moral obligation--to protect and shepherd that idea. With the reading of this card, the Querant has inherited the obligation to act on the knowledge he or she possesses. The Querant must not allow fear or insecurity to stand in the way of protecting that idea, even if it means standing up to an angry mob.
The true measure of the Querant's integrity may be at test, and the way the Querant responds will show his or her mettle. It is important for the Querant to choose the path of greatest courage, and act to protect what he or she values.
The Nine of Tentacles
The schoolgirl is held, multiply penetrated and stimulated, and now the Tentacle Monster, responding to her orgasm, has one of its own. A tentacle blasts gooey fluid over the schoolgirl's breasts, while more goo drips from her body everywhere. The Tentacle Monster and the schoolgirl experience a moment of satori or a flash of personal enlightment.
In a reading, this card reminds the Querant that life is often overwhelming, surprising, and sticky. In order to embrace the full possibility of what life has to offer and to gain new insights, we must be willing to embrace the messy and complex truth. In a reading, this card is a reminder that one cannot avoid getting messy all the time. The Querant can not always wrap himself or herself up in a nice tidy world; sometimes, life has a way of imposing on us in surprising and untidy ways.