Nine of Swords Tarot Card Meanings & Combinations
Air, analytical thought and intellect. Suit of challenges.
Keywords and Phrases:
Anxiety, worry, worst fears.
Nine of Swords Tarot Card Meanings
The Nine of Swords indicates worry and anxiety, and the thoughts that keep you awake at night. The woman sits up in bed, her head bowed and arms wrapped round herself for comfort, as nine swords bar the open window. The Nine tends to bring suffering through inner torment, the progression from conditions in the Eight of Swords if left unchecked.
Most of us have experienced the Nine of Swords at some point in our lives, laying awake battling our worst fears that gnaw at peaceful sleep. The Nine of Swords is when we allow those thoughts to get the better of us and we suffer with worry, anxiety, or pervading sense of gloom and despair. It doesn’t necessarily mean that your worst fears are realised though, Swords are of the mind so the fear of something may be far greater than the reality. Although someone suffering unhappy circumstances often have this card accompanying others in the spread.
If reversed, some see this card as a recovery from the conditions found in the upright meanings, whilst others still view it as a card of struggles, doubt, or damaging gossip.
Similar or supporting cards: Ten of Wands and The Devil (carrying a burden) Five of Cups (sadness and regret) Eight of Swords (trapped by fear)
Opposing or contradictory cards: The Star (inspiring) Temperance (balanced emotions) Three of Cups (emotional happiness) The Sun (happiness and contentment).
Nine of Swords Tarot Card Combinations:
Other cards suggesting stressful conditions would reinforce the worries found in the Nine of Swords if they also appear in a larger spread, such as, Eight of Swords, Nine of Wands, Ten of Wands, The Devil. Ideally, we wish to see a positive result, so the more favourable the card following the better. Look to surrounding cards to see what is causing the concern.
The Sun > Nine of Swords > The World: may show a fear of failure, but when the Nine is surrounded by positive cards it can be worry for worry’s sake – looking for something to go wrong, feeling it’s too good to be true, etc.
The Devil > Nine of Swords > Eight of Swords: feeling locked-in or trapped by despair, take action to avoid things escalating (The Devil, Five of Cups, and The Moon may also feature).
Two of Cups > Nine of Swords: anxious concerning a close relationship.
Five of Pentacles > Nine of Swords: money worries.
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