Nine Swords represent anxiety, fear, worry, guilt, regret, joylessness, nightmares, insomnia and despair. It represents stress, burdens, negative thinking, feelings of hopelessness and deep unhappiness.
However, similar to the other warning cards in Swords, the card can be seen as pointing out that no negative events are actually happening, just that your fear and anxiety levels are so high that they make you feel like things are worse than they are.
Thus, the card is an invitation to withdraw, give yourself a breather and peace to get your thoughts and mind in order. After this, you will be able to look at things clearly and find more constructive action patterns and mindsets.
Nine Swords shows a man sitting in his bed. You could see that as if he has just woken up or that he is crying. He covers his eyes and face with both hands. Above him in a black air hover nine swords. It seems that he is covering his eyes because he has just had an insight of great importance. The card symbolizes a sense of disaster or fear that reigns in the mind.
However, there is no grief or pain that seems to have struck the man – he is unharmed. This suggests that the pain or grief is experienced more within the man. The pain he experiences is created by the power of thought, it does not reflect reality. It’s like a nightmare that can be scary and painful, but it’s not real.
The card symbolizes that your sufferings originate from your imagination. The sorrows and worries are great and burdensome. The card indicates that you are cruel to yourself. You may practice self-punishment and play the role of martyr.
The card shows that you spend a lot of effort and energy putting yourself down. For example, if you make a decision, you torment yourself with the fact that it was the wrong decision. And if you don’t make a decision, you blame yourself for your indecision.
The card tells you that you must recognize this destructive pattern before you can let it go. Redemption can also lie in getting your problems put into words and recognizing that you don’t have to take all the world’s sorrows and problems on your shoulders. A change in behavior in this area can be the end of your illusions. Don’t let yourself down!
Other words that characterize the Nine Swords are: vision of doom, panic, self-condemnation, illness and feeling ashamed.
The tarot card is associated with number 9, which means that you must pay attention to this number in relation to the challenge you are asking the tarot about. This is often expressed in the way that in the next nine days | weeks | months | years it will be advantageous for you to let go of self-critical thoughts and no longer judge yourself about what you should do, how you should look, or how you should live your life.
Mars in Gemini. Energetic and aggressive (Mars), you use thought to carefully and inventively (Gemini) criticize yourself.
I face reality. I forgive myself.
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