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Nine of Swords
Tarot Card Meaning

Nine of Swords. (Aquarian deck published by US Games) Nine of Swords. (Morgan-Greer deck published by US Games) Nine of Swords. (Universal Waite deck published by US Games)

About Nine of Swords
Meaning in Tarot

I love how this imagery is depicted with the vibration of number nine. It gives us insight into the underbelly of the thoughts we'd rather not face, but are there nonetheless. What's more, these suppressed thoughts always return to haunt us when our guard is down.

How am I making this connection? The number nine represents the cycle of returns in numerological philosophy. When we multiply nine by any number, then reduce the result, we always come back to nine, effectually returning back to the source.
Let's test it:

  • 9x8=72, reduced: 7+2= 9

  • Once more:14218x9=127962. Reduce it:1+2+7+9+6+2=27. Reduce again:2+7=9

  • Again: 411758x9=3705822, 3+7+0+5+8+2+2=27, 2+7=9

Pretty neat, no? This energetic looping in conjunction with the symbolic suit of swords clues us to the repetitive and cyclical nature of our deeper thoughts.

The figurehead in the nine of swords is traditionally depicted in a bed. This is where we get the symbolism of suppressive and disillusioned thinking. And, as we've all experienced, the thoughts or behaviors we shove beneath the surface often bubble up in our dreaming or less conscious states of awareness.

The figure covering her face confirms this interpretation. She is unwilling to face her fears. She chooses to fall victim to a predatory mind; remaining deluded and ignorant of the potential for freedom.

Some Keywords for Nine of Swords Tarot Card Meaning:

  • Agony
  • Denial
  • Confusion
  • Avoidance
  • Inflexibility
  • Suppression
  • Misdirection
  • Self-delusion
  • Consumption
  • Contradiction
  • Disillusionment
  • Misunderstanding

When the nine of swords comes yawning at us in the dawn of our awareness we must deftly address those unhealthy thoughts we're avoiding (and have typically harbored over a long period of time).

nine of swords tarot card meaning

Although these are often deep rooted issues and unsavory bedfellows whom we'd rather not share our lives with, we owe it to ourselves to face them. Just face them. Better yet, treat them like bed bugs. How to deal with nagging, negative bed bug thoughts:

  • Detect them

  • Cleanse them out of your system and environment

  • Prevent another outburst by replacing these thoughts/beliefs with higher, brighter thoughts.

A last note, just as bed bugs will not respond to poison, neither will an infestation of misaligned thought.

Nature works on an inclusive circuit. Therefore, nurture yourself into alignment, replace ill-mannered thoughts with ones that hold promise and compassion.

Doing so will break the recycling loop of negative thoughts the nine of swords card suggests, while enhancing your divine growth at the same time.

Some key symbols in the Nine of Swords Tarot Card Meaning:

symbolic bed in the nine of swords Tarot card

Bed: It's where we're most vulnerable, and let down all our defenses. And so, the symbolic bed infers an awareness we make known to no one (sometimes not even to our conscious selves). Beds can also symbolize our dreaming life, and those thoughts we keep in the realm of fantasy. When the bed unfolds in our awareness in a reading, pull the covers and take a good look at what's going on in the surrounding cards for more clarity. Define the deeper meanings lurking in dreamy themes. Find clarity for the sake of solution.

symbolic black in the nine of swords Tarot card

Black: Logic tells us the presence of black indicates the absence of light. We may be in the dark as to our true understanding of a situation. Or, maybe we don't want to see the light at all, preferring anonymity with ourselves and those around us. Contrarily, black can also provide a theater of expression. With no distraction, complete surrender to the abyss is our only option. Which is the case in your reading? Check out more on Tarot color symbolism here.

Questions the Nine of Swords asks of us

  • What am I avoiding? Why?

  • What can I gain by suppressing my fears?

  • What is causing the nightmares to repeat in my life?

  • Are there reoccurring themes of destruction in my life?

  • What would happen if I embraced both light and dark sides to my self?

  • If I knew I lived in an inclusive and supportive universe, would I still be ashamed?

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