9 of Wands is often depicted as a single person fortified against the unknown. Barrett presents his as stability and assistance in setting that burden down without breaking it or us.
I'm reminded by this card while my current burdens are heavy I and Delores both have the stability of companions on this long walk. We are often lifted and carried, and occasionally will find unbeknownst to us someone has actually taken on part of the burden for a time. We both have loving family and friends and that stability is there to keep us from tipping over. The cancer that has gone to the brain is currently running the show and she has been hospitalized again with the hospital staff providing the big guns of stability in a sea of unknowns.
"So much of what is best in us is bound up in our love of family, that it remains the measure of our stability because it measures our sense of loyalty. All other pacts of love or fear derive from it and are modeled upon it." Haniel Long 1888-1956
The cards open previously closed doors to my own heart with their merciless quest for the truth, nothing but the truth. They flay the soul and make me say thank you afterward. Each hour spent with my cards is a new lesson to be learned. Viva la Journey.