The Nine of Swords Tarot Card

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- August 29, 2022
Written by Aimi Davis 
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Nine Of Swords Tarot Card Meaning

The Nine of Swords Tarot Card's meanings concern all the destructive thoughts within your mind.

The Nine of Swords is a negative card. 

It is a card that speaks to your doubts, fears, and anxiety.

“When I initially drew this card in a reading for myself, I immediately wanted to reshuffle the cards. I resisted the desire because it accurately reflected how I felt at the time, whether I liked it or not.”

Aimi Davis, Online Mediums

Often The Nine of Swords indicates a past trauma that you have had difficulty confronting, which has forced a cycle of trauma to continue.

The card suggests that you need to heal and confront your nightmares to move forward with your life.

If you've drawn this card from a deck, this article will hopefully shed some light on why the Nine of Swords has appeared to you.

Key facts

  • The Nine of Swords is consumed with dark thoughts.
  • It is associated with the element of Air and its destructive power.
  • The number nine represents strength and suffering in numerology.
  • It is often considered a message to stop worrying so much.
  • Its astrological sign is Gemini.

Powerful keyword associations

  • Fear.
  • Anxiety.
  • Negativity.
  • Despair.
  • Nightmares.
  • Isolation.
  • Recovery.
  • Resilience.
  • Finding Help
  • Shame
  • Mental Health

Nine of Swords card description

The Rider Waite depiction of the Nine of Swords shows a woman sitting in her bed with her head in her hands.

It's as if she has suddenly awoken from a nightmare and is overwhelmed by her fear and anxiety. 

Hanging heavily above her head rests nine swords.

The weight of the nine swords above her represents the penetrating power of the mind.

A carving of a person defeated in battle can be seen on the side of her bed.

The quilt that comforts her is decorated with astrological symbols and roses - possibilities and balance.

Upright position

The Nine of Swords Upright suggests that you are deeply troubled by events in your life and cannot move past them. 

As a result, you are constantly absorbed with negative self-talk and deep unhappiness.

Dark thoughts and unsettling feelings keep you from realizing your true potential, weighing you down.

This signifies more than a period of negativity.

It suggests an ongoing cycle of self-loathing with no joy present.

It's hard to see past all the negativity, but that is, unfortunately, one way of facing life.

You are blind to positive things that are happening.

Sinking deeper, you cannot see your grief and regret

Now is the time to reach out and ask for help.

When considering the worst-case scenarios as the most definite outcome, it is time to address your negative thinking and seek professional assistance.

Reversed position

The Nine of Swords Reversed appears when you have not yet begun to live through all your pain and negativity.

Mental health issues require support and guidance.

Your spirit guides urge you not to ignore this message.

You may believe that help does not exist for you. 

It does.

A little bit of perspective, stepping back, could reveal that things are not as you think they are.

That things are not as bad as you believe them to be.

Your true potential will never be fully realized. 

Yet, simultaneously, you allow fear to rule your decisions and limit the opportunities around you.

Taking on your darkest emotions and inner thoughts is daunting, but know that you do not have to do it alone.

If you have someone you can confide in, ask a friend for help.

If that isn't possible, you can find support from a professional.

Learning to release and control your deep inner fears, self-doubt, and anxiety will bring you a sense of peace.

If you have already begun a journey to overcome the negative thoughts in your mind, know that the end of the tunnel is ahead and that you will start to feel a sense of calm.

There is a light at the end of all of this. You just have to choose to see it.

Love and relationships

The Nine of Swords in relationship readings signify changing your attitude and adopting a more positive outlook.

Your mental health needs attention and may be affecting your current relationship negatively.

Your worries and fears may appear lighter if you are willing to share them with your partner.

You are in a relationship where you could lean on your partner if willing to try.

The anguish, despair, depression, and all the worries that limit your ability to find happiness are not as terrible as they appear in your mind.

Be honest, and free yourself by sharing with those around you. You are not alone.

If you're not in a relationship, the Nine of Swords Tarot Card appears to those who are not in the best head space.

Your dark thoughts mean you are not ready to be the person you want to be.

The pain and regret you feel from past relationships are playing a more significant role in your life than you should allow.

Your mental health, anxiety, trust issues, and insecurities fill you with doubt and worry about your present circumstance and possible future.

Reversed, you need to take a deep look inward, confront your anguish over past mistakes, and not allow that darkness to spread into what could be filled with light.

Self-love is an essential part of growing. Take some time before looking for a partner. Work on yourself.

Career and finance

In a career spread, the Nine of Swords may indicate that you're experiencing feelings of hopelessness.

Stress at this point may be getting the better of you, and you may feel this negative space is no longer for you.

You may be overthinking the situation and jumping to conclusions about those you work with.

Try not to worry about what others think, it's painful to go through, but the person in control of how you feel about yourself is you.

Determine the intrinsic value of your career. Believe that, and things will come together. Financially, stress is a big part of your life right now.

Your feelings are real, and money is something to worry about, but the Nine of Swords may indicate that this isn't the worst-case scenario you believe it to be.

Your money problems do need attention. Financial health is essential and, if not appropriately managed, can lead to despair, even depression.

The stress of what's going on and perhaps past experiences' role can be addressed.

Contact a professional, get a realistic financial assessment and understand your money in a way that brings you peace of mind.

Is the Nine of Swords a yes or no card?

Tarot Card meanings often require the right question in a yes or no reading, but when the Nine of Swords is presented to you, it's a stern no.

The Nine of Swords represents all that is negative in your tarot deck. The card symbolizes all your fears, pain, and anxiety.

At this moment, don't rush into anything.

Self-care is required right now, and you must confront the cause of your pain if you wish to move forward.

Astrology and Zodiacs

Gemini is the zodiac sign most closely connected to the Nine of Swords. An intelligent air sign that acquires knowledge rapidly.

At their best, they're dearly loved, and vibrant energy exudes from their presence. At their worst, Geminis can be erratic and volatile.

Important Tarot Card Combinations

Tarot cards reveal much about our current state when paired with others. The spread before you will reveal essential combinations.

The Nine of Swords Tarot Card often appears with a Minor Arcana Card from the Wands suit, as new opportunities may create anxiety for you.

Suppose the Nine of Swords appears alongside the Three of Swords. In that case, you are most likely suffering from heartbreak and dealing with depression.

When The Fool is presented with the Nine of Swords, it indicates a new experience that leaves you feeling underprepared and stressed. 


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