Nine Of Swords – Rider Waite Tarot Deck

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I. Nine of Swords Rider Waite image description

The Nine of Swords shows a woman sobbing and sitting on her bed. She seemed to wake up from a terrible nightmare and was terrified and worried. Nine swords hung on the wall. The bed was decorated with a sculpture of a person who was defeated in a duel. The blanket is decorated with roses and sketches of astrological symbols.

The image of the character in this card waking up in a bed evokes many layers of meaning because midnight is the time when our grief and regret come in a most powerful way. The dark night washes away the distraction of the daytime, leaving us feeling lonesome with our own thoughts. Has anyone ever been awake at 4 a.m. and feel full of concerns which cannot be dismissed out of mind? It represents the misfortune that invades our hearts at any time.

While the pain of the Three of Swords that seems to come from nowhere, the Nine of Swords represents the pain that we create in ourselves. Anxiety is probably the most common thing. Thoughts about whether you have done enough, whether things will work out or whether you do well or not; cannot be eliminated.

Feeling guilty is another source of pain. When we have done something that feels like it is wrong or feels hurt, or we fail to do something that we think we will be able to do; then frustration can become very real. It is so sad when nothing can reduce or dispel the guilty feelings. In the end, the only thing left was suffering. Sometimes, the anguish of reality covers ourselves so that all we want to do is burst into tears.

II. Nine of Swords Tarot Card Meaning

Anxious, Guilt, Suffering.


  • Not sure if everything is going well;
  • Unlucky;
  • Cause yourself to get sick from worries;
  • Consider a problem too carefully;
  • Feel anxious and nervous;
  • Excitable.

Feel guilty

  • Regret a mistake;
  • Refuse to forgive yourself;
  • Want to return to the past;
  • Think too much about your sin;
  • Be hard on yourself;
  • Reject what you do best;
  • Overwhelmed with feelings of guilt.


  • Hopeless;
  • Feel that you have reached your limit;
  • Have sleepless nights;
  • Feel suppressed;
  • Experience the dark period in the soul;
  • Forget the joy;
  • Want to cry.

III. Opposite and Support Tarot cards to the 9 of Swords

Opposite cards

  • Star – peaceful, serene mind;
  • Judgment – no longer feel guilty, indulgence;
  • 3 of Cups – stand on top of the world;
  • 6 of Cups – naive;
  • 10 of Cups – joy, serenity, pleasure.

Support cards

  • Devil – disappointed, lack of joy;
  • 10 of Wands – worry;
  • 3 of Swords – painful, broken;
  • 6 of Swords – depressed, sad.

IV. 9 of Swords Upright Card Keywords

depression, nightmares, anxiety, frustration

Words and Keywords

Sadness, sleepless nights, worries, extreme stress, have a bad feeling, threats, sins, torture, anxiety, pain, suffering, depression, useless or overwhelmed feelings, frustration, restlessness, lack of confidence, overcast, gloomy, mental pain, misery, cruelty, hatred, slander, grief, hopelessness, sorrow, a cruel curse, accusation, self-hatred, conscience-struck, sickness, surgery, unfounded fear, gynecological disease, the possibility of death.


The Nine of Swords is often a card that implies worries and fears. You should carefully consider what is bothering you. Do not blame people or circumstances for the concerns you are feeling. Pay attention to deep breathing, which will help you feel calmer.


You will need to be aware of the feeling of insecurity. If you are feeling insecure, consider whether that feeling comes from yourself or whether it comes from other things/other people in your life. If so, you should consider whether you can change something in your relationships to fix this situation. At the present time, there may be some problems that make us feel our life could have been better than reality. Try to be satisfied and enjoy the simple things that life is giving you. Beauty has always emanated from the most ordinary things.


In terms of work, Nine of Swords says that you will not solve anything if you keep worrying about work. Instead, focus on what you can control and try to remove the anxiety from your mind. If you are looking for a job, then think positively and do not hesitate to ask for help if necessary. The next person you talk to might be someone who knows a suitable job opportunity for you.


Something is making you feel insecure about the current relationship. Do not ignore that feeling. Your intuition may be right. If you suspect that something is hidden, the best way is to ask your lover about it. Moreover, if you have recently met a new person who you are interested in, be careful not to be too attracted and immersed in the belief that everything is as good as it seems. Trust always takes time to build up. Do not be too hasty.


Nine of Swords may tell that you fall into a situation in which you need to cut down on spending on one item to cover the cost of another. You should slow things down and consider carefully about what is going on in your financial situation. Look for available resources and help if you need it. Do not take advantage of games of chance or adventure with rich-quick schemes. The real miracle will happen, but do not be reckless. If you feel suspicious before investing, ask lots of questions.


This is the time to be very careful about the use of stimulants or alcohol. Although you may think it is a way for you to treat yourself, in fact, what you need to do is just solve what annoys you. Stress can be a big problem. You should consider ways to reduce risk factors and address stress. If all efforts fail, think about changing your lifestyle and the things you are spending money on. Sometimes, stress actually comes from problems in finance/life in many forms.


When this Swords card appears in the spread about the spirit, this is a clear sign that you need to minimize pushing productivity and stress levels. If you can meditate, you will find many benefits. If you have no idea how to get started, you can try to read books or attend a class that makes you calm yourself down. You should learn about the concepts of spiritual philosophy.

Situation and advice

The Nine of Swords is a card of nightmare. Your sleep can be disturbed when you cope with anxiety. The act of hatred of someone causes you pain. You may be exhausted from fear, guilt, doubt, and anxiety at an unfounded level. You are too sensitive to the criticism and insults of others. The difficulties that you imagine may not be so gloomy once they are clarified.

It is possible that you are facing a troublesome situation or a difficult decision, but your worst fear is less likely to come true. The misery that you are suffering as a consequence of the previous difficult circumstances. Sometimes, this card is literally about a woman close to you who is suffering from physical or mental pain and needs your help.


Restless or anxious people, those who have insomnia, sick people, someone who is about to have surgery.

V. 9 of Swords Reversed Keywords

despair, severe depression, torment

Words and Keywords

(+) Hope, good news, unfounded worries, loyalty, trust, promise, the help in the near future, termination of suffering, the time of stress and anxiety over, the dawn, helpful feeling returned, beautiful dreams, nothing to worry about, see the light at the end of the tunnel, time to heal wounds, the nightmare is over.
(-) Harsh, painful, isolated, constant pain, loneliness, sorrow, despair, bondage, slander, loss of relatives, suicide, death, imprisoned, go to the hospice.


The reversed Nine of Swords may indicate that You are worried about a problem for a good reason. It is important that you do not let your worries go beyond your control and perform what is needed in your ability. Remember that anxious feelings only exist in the short term.


When it comes to new friends, this reversed card is a message that reminds you to be careful. Everything is not what it seems. Be careful and doubtful when signing anything related to business matters.


Just like the upright card, the reversed Nine of Swords shows that it is not helpful if you keep worrying about work. Do the best you can and do not back down if you feel that someone at work does not treat you right or does not appreciate your work in some way. If you are looking for a job, it is extremely important to show your abilities, talents, and aspirations.


When this card appears in the spread about love, you may need to think deeply about what is happening in your current relationship. If you feel your lover is not honest with you, this is a good time to check again. If you are looking for love, take the time to meet new people at the moment. You may meet someone outside and will have a good time together with him/her. Trust in your feelings.


The Nine of Swords reversed tells that you need to be cautious about the person you trust. You should check carefully before you lend money to someone else, be wary of the risk that your loan will not be refunded. There is a small possibility that you may be accused of something related to the money which you do not do. If this happens, stand up for yourself and trust in the help of the law.


With this reversed card in the spread about health, it is a reminder that you do not have time to worry about your body. You should talk to your doctor about your concerns. The help you need is always available, you just need to ask.


You may be forcing yourself too much about something that may affect your mental development. No matter what happens in the past, it has already ended in the present, and you cannot do anything to change that reality.

Situation and advice

On the positive side, the reversed Nine of Swords implies that the nightmare is over. You may still suffer the consequences of difficult situations, but the pain is almost ended. But your fantasies seem much worse than reality. It does not help at all if you keep worrying about unfounded things. You let negative thoughts and restlessness control over your mind. It is a card of hope, a hint of faith in the future and a promise of more beautiful days ahead.

On the negative side, it simply reaffirms the meaning of the rest of the spread. Your grief lasts for quite a long time. You are always obsessed with unhealthy and desperate worries. You are going through a long period of pain and despair. However, this reversed card usually has a hopeful meaning.


(+) People who revive hope in the future, people who born in nightmares.
(-) Miserable person, those who have insomnia, people with mourning.

Apparently, the Nine of Swords is not a card that brings joy, but at the same time, it is not always a reminder of great disappointment. Usually, this card is just a sign of the appearance of some unhappy elements or some obstacles, or a vulnerability in your life. This card is often a warning from your inner mind that the path you are about to take may be full of difficulties. If you understand the fact it is based on the spirit of a warning sign, you also use this card based on the spirit of construction. You should consider your situation carefully in order to make the best choices. Even a small change can make a difference in the overall.

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