Nine of Swords
My self-study of Tarot continues with the Nine of Swords. Or, as I just heard, “In your head.”
Sorrow; nightmare; thoughts; worries and fears keeping one up at night; burdened; overwhelmed; restless; unable to sleep or rest; despair.
Swords, quilt, bed, roses, “warring” inlay.
It’s the bed with its depiction of some form of battle that points to what could be called the “root energy” of this card. The warring or sparring that’s happening on the inlay is indicative of what’s happening inside the head of the figure sitting on the bed. Then there’s the cheerful and symbolic quilt. It could be said to depict what’s being missed through the person’s inability to see past the painful thoughts or memories.
Black, silver, white, gray, teal, yellow, red, green, tan, brown, gold.
It’s the yellow that stands out for me on this card, as it seems in such sharp contrast to what the person is going through. I hear, “The sun’ll come out tomorrow.” That might seem trite to someone who’s in such pain, and yet it makes an important point. We have the ability to walk through a storm of grief in the merciless blackness of night, and live to see the sunrise.
What the Guide Says About the Nine of Swords
“One seated on her couch in lamentation with the swords over her.
“Divinatory Meanings: Death, failure, miscarriage, delay, deception, disappointment, despair. Reversed: Imprisonment, doubt, suspicion, reasonable fear, shame.”
Interesting divinatory meanings. They certainly fit the tone of the card, although I don’t know that “miscarriage” would be an obvious word to arise. Then again, that makes the very important point that different things will come up for different people in a reading. And “imprisonment” works really well in the scope of being a prisoner in our own mind.
What We Say About the Nine of Swords
Grief overwhelms all other emotional sensibilities.
Concentration on difficulty over gratitude.
Unable to disassociate from fear and worry, even at the time for sleep.
Creating a great divide between peace and truth.
Mind over matter – and mind over medicine – gone wrong through an excess of egoic thinking.
A need to honor harsh emotions is ignored or overlooked until they overtake, forcing themselves to the forefront.
I Might Ask a Client…
“What’s keeping you awake at night?”
“Is there a way to address any problems in ‘real time’ so they aren’t festering?”
What comes up for you around this card?