The number 9 always indicates the end of a phase, but not quite yet. A project maybe near completion, yet here we can see the man tired, injured, worried and anxious. Something is holding things back and it’s out of his control, a little like the Hanged Man. He must have patience to see things through to the end, all the work has been done, and the roots are firm and solid, yet there is frustration as completion is possible, but external factors influence events.
The message is to wait as things are nearly resolved and the outcome is a positive one. The man is holding onto the staff for support, but also as he is waiting. There is nothing more he can do at present.