Nine of Swords
The Basic Meaning of the Card (Rider-Waite)
The Nine of Swords represents anxiety, distress and inner turmoil. The card shows a person sitting up in their bed, with their head in their hands, as if they have awoken from a nightmare. Nine swords hang on the wall behind them, symbolizing fears and worries weighing down the person.
When the Nine of Swords is upright, it indicates that you may be feeling a strong sense of anxiety or distress over a certain situation in your life. The card shows that your worries can be overwhelming and that you may find it difficult to find relief from these feelings. It is important to recognize that much of this anxiety can be self-induced and that it is necessary to confront and address your fears in order to overcome them.
When the Nine of Swords is reversed, it can mean that you are beginning to work through your anxiety and fear and finding ways to manage them more effectively. You may have realized that a large part of your anxiety is self-induced and that you can better control your thoughts and emotions. Reversed, the card can also warn that you may be avoiding confronting your fears, which will only worsen your distress in the long run.
Example Reading Interpretation
If the Nine of Swords appears in a reading about your relationships, it could signify that you are experiencing a great deal of anxiety and distress around a particular relationship. It could be a reminder that much of this anxiety can be self-induced and that it is important to confront and work through your fears in order to improve the situation. The card can also encourage you to seek support from friends, family or a therapist to help you manage your anxiety and worry surrounding this relationship.