Nine of Swords Tarot card meaning


Known as the Nine of Swords, this card occupies the ninth place in the Sword of the Tarot Lesser Arcane suit. On this occasion we offer a summary of the symbolic features and interpretations attributed to this deck by scholars of this divinatory method.

Based on the deck of Rider’s Tarot, in this card we can see in profile a man who in the middle of the night, sits on his bed, as if he had just woken from a terrible nightmare, or as if problems or faults didn´t let him rest. In his hands rests his face, which is suspected to be in a rictus of deep concern.

On it hang in the void nine swords, which pass through the illustration from left to right, that is, from the world of ideas to the world of action, as if there is a risk that the most terrible ideas or the most gruesome nightmares could materialize.

So also the specialists in symbols repair in the bed cover that tucks their legs, in which the figures of the zodiac signs alternate with the figure of the rose, as a sign of the four elements, although there are also those who point to this flower as a sign of passion, as if it were human passions that haunted this man, robbing him of the dream.

Similarly, some tarotists establish an analogy between the meaning of the Three of Swords (see more information in Meaning of the card Three of Swords in the Tarot) and the Nine of Swords, stating that the two speak of the same intensity of pain, only in the first card mentioned that pain is caused by an external factor, that is, someone dear hurts us by betraying us, while in the Nine of Swords the cause of all we are ourselves, either because we have done something to someone and the guilt does not leave us in peace, or because we have done something that has turned against us.

Whatever the cause, the Nine of Swords speaks of a deep pain felt deep in the soul.


As for the specific areas of existence, the Nine of Swords also has specific meanings. For example, within a work-level consultation, the presence of this card may indicate major concerns.

In this sense, the Nine of Swords may refer to a consultant who is going through a severe labor crisis, either because he believes he will be fired, or because his business is going through a stage that promises to bankrupt him. Either circumstance gives us an account of a consultant who in the middle of the night doesn’t know who to turn to to solve his work problems.

On the contrary, if the consultant is unemployed, this card also talks about the desperation that this person goes through seeing how he fails to get the job that will allow him to face his responsibilities, so night to night he walks about his possible solutions.

However the Nine of Swords doesn´t bring with him any positive traits, so if the consultant is waiting for the answer of a new job, perhaps the answer is not what he expects, for almost always this card speaks of the arrival of bad news , which also applies to whether the person is awaiting any collection or positive exit of any process.

As for the family area, the appearance of the Nine of Swords may be referring to terrible news coming in the middle of the night. In this sense this card can speak of the announcement of the death of a father, of the accident of a child, or of some personal disaster that surprises us in the middle of the night. However, it is necessary to analyze the card in context, in order to be able to define what this card refers to.

For its part, in reference to the loving plane, the presence of the Nine of Swords may be referring to a great remorse of conscience. Thus – according to what some tarot experts point out – this card may be telling the consultant that he cannot fall asleep because of the weight of guilt that causes him to have betrayed his partner or the fear that gives him to be discovered.

It can also refer to the person who still lives the grief of separation, without getting used to sleeping alone.

However, this card also appears to remind you that sometimes the fact that swords float in the air also symbolizes that our fears and pains are only on the mental plane, without them actually having a hold in reality , so sometimes our pains are more cause of our imagination than of our concrete plane.

If it appears inverted

Like the other Tarot cards, the Nine of Swords also features an interpretation if it appears inverted, that is, headlong, in which case it makes a slightly worse sense – according to some tarotists – than when it is right , for the evil that asshers us is not yet known.

That is, if when he is right, the Nine of Swords speaks of intense pain, the product of illness, a news or the betrayal of our partner, when he appears inverted he speaks of a consultant who sleeps peacefully without knowing that betrayal has been the death of someone happened or the disease itself in process.

Without knowing the evil, a healing process can hardly be initiated. However, the card should be analyzed in context so that it is clear to know what aspect of life the inverted Nine of Swords refers to.

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Nine of Swords Tarot card meaning
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September 18, 2019

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