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Nine of Swords

Updated: Feb 19

Nine of Swords is one of the few cards in the tarot deck that has a black background. As you can see in the image, the person is covering her face. Is she worried, or ashamed? What is going on in her mind? The Nine of Swords is not as scary a card as it may appear. Let’s see why.

Nine of Swords Tarot

Nine of Swords Meaning - General

Nine of Swords has 9 horizontal swords behind the person, who has covered her face. There are many possible emotions that this card could indicate – shame, guilt, remorse, fear, anxiety, worry, anguish, helplessness. Choose the one that most resonates with your situation.

The woman here is unable to sleep because of the extreme emotions she is facing. We saw in the Four of Swords that one horizontal sword represented the need to focus and let go of the past. With nine horizontal swords (behind the woman, representing her past), amplifies how overwhelmed she is feeling right now.

Having said that, the past is, after all, the past. And therefore, need not necessarily reflect the future. Nine of Swords indicates that there is no real need to worry. Probably she is blowing up her emotions, fear and anxiety in her head, making a mountain out of a molehill.

Nine of Swords could mean insomnia or headaches on health matters. While the person seems to have reached her breaking point, we are very close to finishing a cycle. And so, one needs to learn to move away from one’s past rather than dwell on them.

Let us look at the Nine of Swords in specific contexts of a love tarot reading and career tarot reading. Remember to apply all the above general readings to the below readings as well.

Nine of Swords Love

Love Reading for Relationships

There could be unhappiness in your relationship. Any of the emotions we spoke of above could be at play here – remorse, guilt, anxiety.

Nine of Swords in love could in a mild way signify infidelity or secrets. Look for surrounding cards for more details on this.

Again, the issue that you are fretting over might not be as bad as you think. So, try rationalizing your situation instead of playing it over in your mind.

Love Reading for Singles

There could be deep remorse or guilt about a past relationship. Maybe something you could have done or shouldn’t have done, that could have saved the relationship. But past is in the past. And you are not in as bad a place as you think.

For some, it might be the loneliness of being single that is bothering you. Again, there is no need to feel overwhelmed as you are probably exaggerating the feeling more than the attention it deserves.

Find ways to get inner peace and happiness before you look for your next relationship. We do not have the ability to change the past, so the best option is to learn from it and let it go, so that the future opens up for you.

Nine of Swords Career & Finance

Nine of Swords in career could indicate unhappiness about your career or you are probably experiencing some financial duress to the extent that you are reaching breaking point. While the situation is not as bad, you might need to restructure your thoughts and direction to bring in a sense of peace and calm to your mind.

It might be good to communicate how you feel to the right people rather than brooding over it internally.

If something from the past is impacting your confidence or energy, remember that it is now in the past and is not likely to impact your future. So let bygones be bygones and find healthy ways to deal with your problems.

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