If you receive this card in a spread, the worst is over. You have done your shadow work, searched the dark reaches of your soul, and walked through the pain. You have come out the other side. You can relax, but you may have developed a habit of waiting for the axe to fall. Any axes will fall away from you now. Rub your eyes and see your new reality. Enjoy the feeling of a new day.
The Nine of Swords only interacts with the Lovers.
Lovers: When any card from the suit of Swords comes after the Lovers, a relationship will end.
The Suit — Swords
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.
There is nothing to fear with an inversion. Mary K. Greer explains in her book, The Complete Book of Tarot Reversals, that an inverted card may be interpreted in one or more of these twelve ways:
- Blocked or Resisted
- Delayed, Difficult, Unavailable
- Inner, Unconscious, Private
- New or Dark Moon (if you are reading cards from a round deck)
- Breaking Through, Overturning, Refusing, Changing Direction
- The Opposite of the Upright Meaning, or Lacking
- Misused or Misdirected
- The Upright Meaning Backward
- A Rectification or Cure
- Magical, Unconventional, or Humorous