The 9 of swords is a card filled with sorrow. You feel like you cannot escape what you’re going through.
I suggest, while looking at this card description, you have your tarot deck in front of you and decide for yourself if you agree with the feelings on this page or if the card represents something entirely different to you.
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A few words to describe the card:
Suffering, sorrow, depression
9 of Swords
The 9 of swords tarot card is one of a great sorrow. Of feeling at the end of the line, and not being able to see a way out. The swords are all hanging above you, adding to this stress.
This tarot card is often depicted with a person sitting down, often in a bed, crying, with swords either hanging over their head or mounted on the wall behind them.
This is a card suggesting you can’t get past your sorrow. Sometimes the only way to get past it is to go through the pain and sadness. This is about the only card in the entire deck where there’s really no feeling of hope or optimism.
When you see this tarot card, be patient with yourself. Know you’re going through a lot, and don’t force yourself to ignore it. It will come back worse if you try to avoid this pain.
This is almost like a black cloud hovering over your head, that you cannot escape. This card can be a symbol for depression, anxiety, or even nightmares.
If you’re trying to look for the positive in this card, focus on not letting your fears control you. Work to control them instead.
Still confused about the meanings of the cards? A few tools that have been really helpful for me have been: practice, taking the time to look at each card, read books like Tarot: Learn How to Read and Interpret the Cards by Kim Arnold. Or try out tarot spreads! Try doing a simple reading every day. The Labyrinthos app is really helpful too. Or try some that I’ve created by looking here: Tarot Spreads.
Want other comparisons of tarot cards? Find those here! It might help you better understand how tarot decks are different.