Learn the meaning of the Nine of Swords Tarot card
On the Nine of Swords we see a rather depressing image of a man on a bed. He looks as if he has just awakened from a nightmare, and is trying to cover his face with his hands in a gesture of despair. The entire scene on the Nine of Swords is dark, and the wall of swords above him is in black. The nine blue swords arranged in a horizontal position can in turn symbolize danger. However, the Nine of Swords very rarely speaks of actual danger, but much more often of nightmares, fears and anxieties that accompany us on certain issues and can cause insomnia. Although at first glance the image of the Nine of Swords may be depressing, in reality all the events represented by this card happen only on the mental plane. Although in certain situations the Nine of Swords may lead to depression, very often the situations we fear so much will never happen in your life. The Nine of Swords also points to feelings of guilt or receipt of information that may intensify your crisis and suffering at this time.
The Nine of Swords in an upright position is quite a gloomy sign because it will very often herald depressive states, but also a time of great anxiety. The upright Nine of Swords speaks of problematic situations that will bring up your greatest fears and anxieties, but also bring to mind black scenarios. This in turn may lead you to some paralysis in action and in logical problem solving. Negative events that you may experience with the card of Nine of Swords in the upright position may concern both work and health, or emotional issues. And in each of these cases you can expect some unfavorable information for you. However, it will be difficult for you to make a true assessment of the extent of the problems, so they may seem bigger to you than they actually are. The upright Nine of Swords is primarily a card of sleepless nights and even in some situations mental disorders. It is also very often associated with feelings of guilt for past actions. The upright Nine of Swords advises you to let go of the past, and to put some emotional distance between yourself and the current difficulties you are going through.
In intimate relationships, the upright Nine of Swords foretells very often a period in which you can expect bad news. You may also find that you experience a great deal of pain during this time due to problems that your family, or others close to you, are going through. All of this may cause you to have nightmarish visions of what else may happen in the near future. However, in the end, these problems will turn out to be much smaller than your imagination makes them out to be. The Nine of Swords in an upright position may also portend the creation of dark visions and exaggeration of problems in your current relationship. You may be feeling guilty or have limited trust in your partner at this time. However, the upright Nine of Swords indicates that your fears are most likely unfounded, and for this reason it encourages you to break free from the confines of your fears. The upright Nine of Swords talks about opening your eyes and resolving problems in a relationship through honest communication. For those who are not currently in a relationship the Nine of Swords in an upright position advises to face up to past experiences. Before you try again to build a new relationship you need to deal with the source of your suffering and pain.
The Nine of Swords reversed may indicate a moment when you are finally able to come to terms with your past, and free yourself from your fears and anxieties. In this situation the Nine of Swords reversed may be a symbol of returning hope, but also of trying to let go of negative thoughts that have been on your mind. The card may foretell of finding new opportunities on the way to solving current problems. This does not mean, however, that the situation will be easy for you, because you may still be experiencing some suffering and crisis at this time. The reversed Nine of Swords brings insomnia, nightmares and darkest thoughts forming in your mind which in certain situations may lead you to the verge of despair, self-destruction or even mental breakdown. Recovery from this state is possible only if you devote enough effort to finding the source of these problems deep within yourself. The Nine of Swords reversed is a light at the end of the tunnel and a sign of improvement, but there is still a risk that events and scandals around you will lead you to resignation and psychosis.
The reversed Nine of Swords predicts a time of improvement in an ongoing relationship where you finally open up to mutual conversation and understanding. It is also a time when you are able to accept the truth and reality around you no matter what it is. For this reason the Nine of Swords in reversed position may indicate the discovery of betrayal or deception in a current relationship. However, regardless of what you find out, it will allow you to ultimately free yourself from the suffering and toxic relationship. The reversed Nine of Swords may also portend less serious relationship problems that you are currently facing. On the one hand you are freeing yourself from the negative thinking and on the other you are getting much needed support from your loved one. The Nine of Swords reversed is above all a card of struggle with your own thoughts and fears, which you finally have a chance to win. The card may also portend extreme feelings of guilt, remorse, or even shame that you may experience in the coming time. For single people, the reversed Nine of Swords will indicate a positive time when you are finally able to trust another person again. So make a final attempt to come to terms with the passing past and build a new and valuable relationship for you.
9 of Swords, Nine of Spades, 9 of Spades
Understanding, forbearance, hunger for freedom
Insomnia, depression, nightmares, mental suffering, bad news about important people, guilt, crisis, lack of self-confidence
Despair, loneliness, hospitalization, playing the victim role in life, neurotic disorders, devotional behavior, judging people according to one's beliefs, negative self-image and worldview