World Spirit Tarot (Llewellyn, 2001) always makes me smile!
Not that the Nine of Wands is all that cheerful, but I can't help grinning at this guy. He wears pink sunglasses in the dark of night, and has thigh and junk hugging leggings, a blouson shirt and semi-dreaded hair with a goatee beard. He looks like a student protester from the Sixties :)
And I guess that fits quite well with the Nine of Wands: making a stand, despite setbacks and difficulties; pushing through for what you believe in. Standing your ground in the face of opposition, as though drawing a line in the sand.
It's funny, when I thought about standing up for what I believe in, it's something that I do most days, in a minor way. I sign petitions and share them on Facebook and/or Twitter. I email my MP pretty regularly (and have the replies on House of Commons letterhead paper to prove it). Yet, often I wonder how much good any of that does. Do politicians care much what their constituents think, once they're safely in office? And is it true that a handwritten letter is twenty times more impactful than an email? Some of the causes I've signed up to have succeeded, have achieved something, so I shall take that as a sign that it is worth doing.
I am grateful for the increased ability of regular citizens to express their opinions without having to risk being imprisoned or beaten up in protest rallies.