One view of the 9 of Swords is that it shows the negative things that happen in the mind – obsessive thinking, intrusive thoughts etc. It reveals inner pain, whereas in the 10 of Swords the pain is outward and visible.
A figure wearing a white nightgown sits up in bed. Hiding their face in their hands, their body language suggests despair and sadness. 9 Swords hang on the wall behind them, displayed horizontally. The lower swords appear to pierce the crown, throat, and heart chakras. The squares of the bedspread show astrological symbols.
Yes/No upright: No
Yes/No reversed: No
Amplified by: The Lovers
Amplifier for: The Lovers
Zodiac/Element: Mars in Gemini
Dates: 1 June to 10 June
Traditional Name: Despair and Cruelty
Traditional Meaning: Death, failure, miscarriage, delay, deception, disappointment, despair. Reversed: Imprisonment, suspicion, doubt, reasonable fear, shame.
TarotCraft Upright Meaning
The card depicts Romeo and Juliet's scene where Juliet awakens from sleep and sits up, distraught, just before drinking the sleeping potion.
When this card appears in a reading, it shows loss, sorrow, deception, disappointment, and other unpleasant things, including death and suicide. To show a physical death, you would be looking for other cards such as Death, The Tower and 10 of Swords along with it. With the Devil, this card could show addiction.
One view of this card is that it shows the negative things that happen in the mind – obsessive thinking, intrusive thoughts etc. It reveals inner pain, whereas in the 10 of Swords the pain is outward and visible.
In the 8 of Swords, you may have faced too many decisions. In the 9 of Swords, you may have to face the death of some of those options so you can choose a path forward.
TarotCraft Reversed Meaning
It's no better when reversed or negatively aspected as it shows conflict with the law, imprisonment, fear and shame.
TarotCraft Gift, Invitation, and Challenge
The Gift of the 9 of Swords is found when you reach out to connect with and support your chosen family and community. You don't need to sit frightened and alone in the dark anymore.
The Invitation of the 9 of Swords is to break out of indecision and choose an option from whatever options present themselves to you.
The Challenge of the 9 of Swords is to take steps in the direction of improved mental health and wellbeing.
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