Nine of Staves
The guardian at the gate. The sentry. Watchful and wary, waiting. No falling asleep on this job.
Defending what you have. Unlike some of the other cards, there are no attackers here, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to rest easy. This is a card of watching, waiting. Keeping one eye open and being the guard who stands at the gate and watches for what may come.
There’s a fine line, when it comes to defending what’s yours. It’s good to be watchful, it’s good to be cautious. But go too far and you slip into paranoia and hyper-vigilance. When you are on guard, remember to make sure you don’t fall too far into that abyss. But also remember to take care and protect that which is yours.