What does the nine of swords tarot card mean?

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The nine of swords is part of the Minor Arcana deck of tarot cards and is part of the Swords suit.

Keywords: Worry, guilt, pressure, hopelessness


All of the Nines in the Tarot deck indicate the impending end of a cycle or situation, and the Nine of Swords is no different. This card has a negative reputation and usually indicates a lot of fear, worry and anxiety. You are coming towards the end of a period in your life, and changes are about to happen. You are probably feeling scared about what your future holds, and this fear is holding you back and preventing you from taking positive steps towards your goals. Though this may seem like a negative card, it actually comes with a message of hope. It tells you that your worries are unfounded and unnecessary, and that you shouldn’t let your worries hold you back.

Reverse Keywords: Unfounded fears, hope, promise, light at the end of the tunnel

Reverse Meaning

Upright, the Nine of Swords is all about fear and worries. Reversed, the card indicates that you are coming to an end of this difficult period and that you are beginning to realise that all of that time you spent panicking was wasted because things were never quite as bad as you thought. If you have made a big life change that you were worried about, you now know that this change is for the better and that there really was no reason to panic. Spending your time ruminating on problems can actually make those problems seem even bigger and more daunting than they really are, causing you to freeze and rendering you incapable of dealing with it. If this happens again, try to look at things more objectively so that you are able to see the bigger picture.

Other Minor Arcana Cards (in the Swords suit)