The Nine of Swords – We can all be gripped by nightmares, now is the time to wake up.

nine of swords tarot meaning

The Nine of Swords
The Lord of Despair and Cruelty

The Nine of Swords Tarot Card – Meaning in a Tarot reading :


The Nine of Swords – Appearance
The Nine of Swords in my deck is indeed the card of nightmares. The Nine Swords obscure a dreamlike cloudscape, a snarling wolf can be glimpsed. Spinning astrological symbols represent imbalance, a yellow moon & large spiders web are softened by a red rose.

The Nine of Swords Tarot Card – Interpretation

My Nine of Swords continues the test of the intellect that is the theme of this suit. The subconscious is challenged when the Nine appears. The seeker may be under duress & indeed at the point where they are not sure of what is real or of true importance. Depression or anxiety are never far away from this card, it is important to decipher what are real fears & which are in fact inventions of the questioner’s troubled mind. Unsurprisingly this card often represents insomnia, the fears compounded in those dark hours just before the dawn. The seeker needs to be reminded that as in so many other cards of this suit, many of the fears represented are generated by the seeker themselves, if they strive to resolve any feelings of anxiety, they can begin to truly see which concerns are ‘real’ and which should be dismissed as creations of a period of unhappiness. Often in life things are indeed nowhere near as bad as we initially feared. If this occurs we must learn from the lesson, to decide to only see the positives in our future as to give in to troubling fantasies is a dangerous course that will inevitably lead us to extreme unhappiness. We must face our fears & then after having done so experience the surge of release, the sense of freedom that is generated.

Alchemical Elements : Air

The Nine of Swords Tarot Card – Correspondences
The heat of Mars in Aries with the duplicity of Gemini

My Relationship with The Nine of Swords

When the Nine of Swords appears in my spread, I to steel myself against my internal voice painting a darker picture than the situation actually merits. I know that the Nine of Swords has a tendency to stir up anxiety or nightmarish consequences from even the most seemingly innocuous events. This card can be relied upon to provide a distorted perception of the future, especially if it appears next to other seemingly ‘dark’ cards. I often feel the need to put myself outside of current events when the Nine appears as it is always an indicator that instincts must not be relied upon as they are tainted by the powers of the Moon. As with all the threatening cards of the suit of Swords, deep down I know that the power of this card is illusionary, by realising that I am giving it it’s power over me, I can release myself from it’s grip, get things truly into perspective & strike out towards a more confident future.

The Nine of Swords – We can all be gripped by nightmares, now is the time to wake up.

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