Nine of Swords

Anguish • Worrying • Rumination

The Nine of Swords is a feeling we all know—the one where we wake up in the middle of the night just to worry about our problems and failings, things we should have done or things we should not have said. We worry about the past and bring up feelings of guilt where there were none previously. Though in your head, this distress can be very real and cause sleepless nights.

The Nine of Swords appears when you are at the height of your anguish. Despite often being unfounded or seen from a skewed perspective, your pain can take the form of sleeplessness, fear, depression. You may also feel alone or isolated. This can be a time where the pain feels so immense all you want to do is cry into your hands.

With the Nine of Swords, the torment experienced is a result of being alone and in your own head too long. Examine the vulnerable spots of your life carefully and constructively. Find one thing to be happy about, and that may make all the difference.

Nine of Swords Reversed

Beating Yourself Up • Seeking Help • Suffering

The Nine of Swords reversed can come up in a time where you are beating yourself up too hard for something that happened in the past. It’s time to let go. This card reversed can also show up after you have sought help for the worrying you have been experiencing. That is a sign that the troubles will soon wane. On the other hand, the Nine of Swords can appear in a reading when you are needlessly suffering and should find help, whether it’s professional help or borrowing an ear from a friend.

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