The Nine of Rods mean defiance, refusal, and obstinacy. We believe that we have been hurt or wronged or laughed at, and so we refuse to accept offers of reconciliation or other gestures of love. We turn away from that which in truth we need so much.
The card can also show that we feel frightened and threatened although in truth no one wants to do us any harm. And it can mean that we bristle against changes and hold on tightly to the established.