Nine of Swords Tarot Card Meaning Explained

nine of swords thothKeywords

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Worry
  • Stress
  • Fearfulness


Meaning of the Nine of Swords in a Reading

Although this card appears very grim, and is, in many ways. The Nines in the Tarot Cards speak to an ending of sorts; that no matter how tough things may be, they will soon draw to a close. The Suit of Swords is all about the air element and therefore the mind. The most difficult thing of all to control. Hence, this card speaks to those mental problems we all face at some stage in life, whether brought on by an external situation or an inner crisis.

When we receive this card, it can be a very dark time for many of us, with sleepless nights and intense fears coming up. This is an ideal time to turn to our Higher Power, Angels or Guides to help guide us through. Perhaps we are excessively worrying about our Love Relationships, or dealing with fear around loss. Our mind seems to be running away with us and we may feel very lost at this time of our lives.

With this card, it is very likely that we have been suffering for quite a while, and it has built up to a point where we may feel extremely overwhelmed. It is essential in this card to seek help if we need it. We should get enough rest by following a good diet and lifestyle so we can support ourselves during this time.

It’s also important to realize with this card that most of the problems may be created mentally rather than actually being “real”.

nine of swordsSymbolism of the Nine of Swords

It is very clear to see the pain and suffering held in this card. The pain speaks to mental troubles such as anxiety, depression or grief because the Suit of Swords is all about the mind.

A woman is sitting up in bed, crying into her hands with Nine very large swords hanging above her. The swords are so big that they reach off the card, showing the perceived enormity of the problems she is having. The color of the card is black, showing that she’s in a dark space. It is night time, so she is likely not sleeping, having nightmares and waking up with worry and fear.

Nine of Swords in the Past

This is the one place where it’s more positive than negative to get this card! When we have the Nine of Swords in the past position, we know that we have made it through – barely – from a very dark time. We may have worried over someone we thought a soulmate, or have had deep inner turmoil. We may still feel rather fragile, but the worst has now passed.

Nine of Swords in the Present

The Nine of Swords is a very tough card to get in the present position of a 3 card tarot spread. We are currently experiencing overwhelming thoughts. They are fearful thoughts causing us intense emotional problems, such as anxiety or depression. It is essential that we try to gain some perspective and not let our minds control the situation. We should aim to shift our perspective wherever we can. Much of the fear is mentally created rather than based on reality.

Nine of Swords in the Future

The best piece of advice with this card in the future position is to try and separate reality from worry. Although there may certainly be situations that need our attention, the sense is that we may be creating negative situations for ourselves. This is because we are worrying too much, or will be soon. This may have an adverse effect on our family, finances, or work. So, we must make a concerted effort to focus on trying not to catastrophize.

nine of swords reversedReversed Nine of Swords

When we get the Nine of Swords reversed, we may be finding it extremely challenging to move out of a space of intense fear and worry over things that we simply cannot control. We need to work extremely hard on shifting our mind. We should try so that our relationships and other areas don’t suffer or become affected by our own negative thinking.

The chances are that we are not reaching out for help but that we need to. Talking to a counselor, therapist or getting spiritual guidance is key here to help us out of the dark.

Nine of Swords Tarot One Card Meaning

When we get the Nine of Swords in a One Card Tarot Reading, this is a time of great mental anguish. You may be experiencing sleepless nights and depressive or anxious thoughts. However, this is mostly mentally based, and not always “real”. So, try and find a way to stop worrying about the future and come back to the present. Be open to uncertainty and free yourself from this mental prison.

Nine of Swords Yes/No Meaning

The Yes or No Reading can be very helpful when we feel trapped in our own fearful or negative thinking. Getting the Nine of Swords face up indicates that our answer is “yes”. This decision may cause some mental anxiety insomnia or anxiety for you. You are faced with a great deal of stress at this point of time, however, you should still proceed. Just be sure to try and give yourself some mental rest and peace in this difficult process and know it won’t last.

When you get this card facing down, your answer is no. The time of insomnia and difficult nights staying away and agonizing over this situation is coming to a close. Your choice will help you alleviate some of the mental pain you have been experiencing. Then you will feel lighter and freer. Try not to overcomplicate the issue and know that everything will be alright.

Summary of the Nine of Swords

In this card, we have to do the work to free ourselves of the trap of negative thinking. This may require reaching out and asking for assistance, whether from our family, friends, partners or a professional. Most of the fears in this card are created by ourselves, so we have to become proactive about tackling them. Otherwise, we may get lost in the spiral of pessimism.

It is important to know that we are almost at the end of the journey and although it may be tough for a while, we will reach a point in which we surrender. We will give up and then find our way back into a new dawn and better mental state. This is the card that represents anxiety, depression or other mentally-based problems that can arise at certain times of our lives.

Affirmations for the Nine of Swords

“Most of the pain in my life is created by my mind and does not mirror reality”

“Worrying will not fix or solve anything”

“It’s okay to reach out for help”

“I need to take care of my thoughts first before trying to remedy the situation”

Nine of Swords - KeenMore on the Nine of Swords

When you get the Nine of Swords, it is a prime opportunity to speak to a spiritual counselor. The Psychics at Keen and Kasamba will be able to offer you peace of mind and shed some light on your path forward.

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Article Info

Date: Apr 17, 2019
Amelie Rose Estrela is an experienced psychic and recently published, esteemed lead author for the Psychic Guild since 2003. She has written hundreds of articles for the website on a range of topics covered within the psychic niche, including Psychics & Mediums, Tarot & Angel Cards, Astrology & Horoscopes (the topic of her newly-released e-book), Love & Relationships, and Spells & Magic. You can find out more about Amelie on
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