Nine of Swords

Upright/Well Dignified: Even when upright, the Nine of Swords is a card that is hard to see as a “positive” card. It’s one of those cards that looks simple to translate because it’s one of those damned near universal experiences that we all have as people. The Nine of Swords is a card about those dark nights of the soul and when they hit. It is one of those cards that talks about feeling powerless due to news that you’ve just received and the inability to do too much about what you’re being told. Worry, emotional breakdowns due to overwhelming news and grief are often talked about when the Nine of Swords shows up in a reading.┬áIn some ways, to say that the Nine of Swords is bad news is an oversimplification. It is the news that isn’t only bad, but also hits you in an emotional place that you may not have even known you had. This cards won’t tell you what the news or the “dark thoughts”, so looking at the rest of a spread or even drawing an extra card to “cover” this one might give you an idea of what’s going on.

The Nine of Swords can be a sign that for all the planning and good intentions that we might have had in a certain endeavour, you sense getting involved at all was probably a bad idea. While this may be the case, it may just be doubt and a lack of faith in your own abilities and talents. Even when things look their darkest, often the best thing that you can do is look at what’s actually going on, take a deep breath and say to yourself “This Too Shall Pass.” Whether or not it helps is entirely based on what you do from there.

Reversed/Ill Dignified: The Nine of Swords is one of those “special” cards that doesn’t change meaning as much as you’d hope when reversed. If anything, this can be an amplification of what’s going on. This card reversed hints at depression and the inability to let go of a piece of bad news. The death of a loved one is an example of this, as well as extreme money troubles or whatever else might keep the querent up at night.

There are times when the news has been received but hasn’t properly been processed in the mind. There are many horrible realisations that people try to keep at bay and it is here, with the reversed Nine of Swords, that the need to process fully what’s going on is highlighted. It might take a while for a person to realise the full implications of the information that they’ve received. There’s also the possibility that they could go into shock and may not accept the news until it becomes apparent that it can’t be avoided any longer.

Occasionally, this card can be about a person blowing things out of proportion, but this is a difficult call to make at times. There may be times when you need to sit down and figure out just what’s the reality of a situation and what’s merely being projected onto the situation. Things might be more gloomy than you like, but the light will come eventually.

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