The 9 of swords in tarot

9 Of Swords In Tarot

The 9 of swords in tarotAt first glance the 9 of Swords in Tarot conjures up a feeling of worry and fear. The image is related to feeling like something is keeping you up at night, an ongoing concern and ‘losing sleep’ over something that is important to you.

The suit of Swords relates to mental constructs and the mind. Often cards from the sword suit are about some kind of mental anguish if not looking at a situation in an objective manner. Therefore often when this card shows up in a reading it is not necessarily related to an actual event that is going on, but more to a perceived situation where you may not be looking at the scenario with clear thinking and good analytical skills. Your mind has run off on you and imagining all kinds of worse case scenarios.

Life Scenarios this card can relate to.


When this card relates to a work situation you may be fearful of losing your job or perhaps if you are unemployed you could be feeling as if you will never find a job again. This is weighing heavily on your mind and leaving you in an overly anxious state that is not actually helping you to take the objective and measurable steps needed to keep moving forward and creating opportunity for yourself. When it relates to business, you may have lost site as to why you started the business in the first place and depression and anxiety have taken over where you are having a hard time reconnecting with the bigger vision you had when you first started the business.


The 9 of Swords when related to love can indicate a relationship is causing you a great deal of worry and confusion. You feel disempowered within the relationship. The key to this situation is that it is more your mind making up imagined scenarios about the other person and your general perception of how the relationship is going more than the actual reality of it. This is an indication that inner healing needs to be done in order for you to have a fulfilling relationship with anyone because it won’t matter who you are with when it comes to this card-you will still end up feeling as if you are defeated in love and feel anxiety over intimacy. Now would be a good time to look at past hurts and influences in order to get to the bottom of why you feel fear and depression around love.


When it comes to money and this card, you are likely feeling you don’t have enough to make ends meet. You are allowing fear to stop you making objective changes that would be beneficial to you in order to feel more comfortable about your finances going into the future.


Past hurt in friendships or relationships has triggered something in you to feel anxiety that it is going to happen again in the present moment and you will feel powerless to do anything about it.  Your friendships in the present may actually be going ok, but a small event has triggered painful memories from the past and you are already feeling defeated before anything has actually happened.

General Creativity.

When it comes to creativity of art and projects and other aspects of living in a creative way, this card simply means you have allowed fear to block your creativity. You may feel as if it is not safe to express your creative aspirations and your mind rather than your heart is running the show which therefore blocks the flow of inspiration. Stop thinking so much and start creating from your deepest desires and heart space. This is where creativity and flow lives! When we begin creative projects we have received a flash of inspiration that gets us moving. This energy moves from our sacral area, up to our heart and then into our head where we feel ecstatic about it. But then in order to make the creative project actually happen, we have to bring the energy back down into our heart and work from our lower energy centre in order to stay grounded to make the thing happen. Otherwise, if the energy stays stuck in our head, it can turn into worry and over thinking things and we never really materialise the thing that we are wanting to do!

In Summary

As this card is a card of a turbulent mind, it is important to find ways of releasing that turbulence in order to get our mind back in balance and working for us rather than against us. By working with the energetic nature of our body heart and mind where can transform the turbulence into something useful and productive. Techniques used in energy medicine and qigong can be extremely useful for transforming the stress into vitality and healthy action rather than over thinking.

Feel free to comment below and let me know what your 9 of Swords moments have been in the past!

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