Nine of Swords


Nine of SwordsThis is a card of nightmares, insomnia, depression, and isolation. The swords in the image form a ladder that would shred the figure’s feet, adding to the hopeless feeling of this card. It’s important to keep in mind that this is one of the few cards showing the swords in alignment. As a natural reaction to chaos, this process will eventually put your thoughts in order.

The sense of isolation accompanying this card amplifies the feelings associated with it. You might be physically alone or simply feel separated from the people around you. You might feel this most keenly at night, when the quiet darkness forces you to look inward. You could experience night sweats brought on by hormonal changes, or your unconscious mind might be trying to work through something traumatic. Whatever the cause, a lack of sleep will eventually interfere with your waking hours.

If this continues for an extended period of time, it might be wise to seek the help of a professional. Help might take the form of strategies to help you sleep better at night, medication, or talk therapy to help decode your more disturbing dreams. Sometimes moving toward distress gives us better perspective. Finding an experienced professional will give you a guide to take the sting out of the process. Eventually the swords can be transformed into stairs, and you can lift yourself out of the isolation and enjoy some time in the sun.


The Nine of Swords only interacts with the Lovers.

Major Arcana

Lovers: When any card from the suit of Swords comes after the Lovers, a relationship will end.

The Suit — Swords or Spades

The sword cuts and dissects. Swords represents the element of air. They are intellect. They are double-sided, which allows them to both damage and heal. The images in the suit might be alarming to some, but they are not simply aggressive. Yes, we can use blades to inflict pain, but we also use them to carve, shave, and trim.

The Number — 9

Nine represents completion, solitude, and protection.

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