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Nine of Swords | Symbology & Interpretations | Tarot Card Meanings

The Nine of Swords depicts the image of an individual sitting up in their bed with their hands in their face. Behind them, are nine swords on the wall above.

Nine of Swords Keywords

Upright Keywords

Reversed Keywords

Fear, worry, overthinking, doubt, distress, nightmares, imagination running riot, burdens, scattered energy, irrationality.

Seeking support, overwhelm, recovery, coping, inner turmoil, traumas, healing, self-esteem issues, illusions, lack of faith.

Imagery & Symbolism

Nine of Swords
Nine of Swords

Swords: The swords are above the individual, meaning they are weighing down over their mind.

Posture: The individual's posture indicates stress, upset, and worry.

Bed: In divination, beds indicate recovery, sleeping, and rest.

Black: The colour black represents worry, fear, the unknown, and mystery.


Nine of Swords Tarot Card Meanings


The Nine of Swords will typically appear in a reading in a time of stress and worry. The Nine of Swords appearance indicates irrational fears or a situation in which you are overthinking and complicating things. It is important to be objective and realistic, as the Nine of Swords is a sign that your negative mindset is spiralling into more negativity due to your imagination running riot.


The Nine of Swords can indicate a release of worry or fear. It can be a sign that you are in a stage of healing through deep traumas and fears. Rest is needed at this time, and it is important that you recover and gain back your clarity. Alternatively, the Nine of Swords can suggest deeper issues, such as mental health conditions, bad habits, or being too overwhelmed to function rationally.



In a relationship reading, the Nine of Swords can indicate excessive worry and fear within relationships. You are overthinking, which is causing mental distress, and you are probably having doubts about your partner, or yourself. You have low self-esteem and need to be kind to yourself during this time. Remember to spend some time grounding your energy, and stay away from social media.


The Nine of Swords can indicate that your fears and judgements are beginning to be healed. You are starting to regain trust in your relationship, although there are still deep-rooted fears that need healing through. Make sure to get enough rest, and create small and consistent habits that can improve your self-esteem and confidence within relationships.



In a reading that is work-related, the Nine of Swords can indicate worry about your career. You may be lacking confidence, or feel worthless and invaluable to your job role. It is important to be kind to yourself. It is also possible that your work environment makes you feel incompetent, and it may be disorganised or scattered. Don’t take too much on at once, and ask for help when you need it.


The Nine of Swords can indicate you are managing to cope in your career and work environment. Although things are not great, you are able to pull through. However, the Nine of Swords does indicate that you are overwhelmed and unnecessarily stressed due to your work. It may be time to take a well-needed break to become clear on your goals.



In a financial-related reading, the Nine of Swords can indicate you are stressed and worried about your finances. You may be thinking about worse-case scenarios, even though they may be unrealistic or irrelevant to your current situation. Be mindful of your current situation, and take a break to become clearer about your financial goals.


The Nine of Swords can indicate that you are gaining financial clarity. You may be unable to think clearly or make sound financial judgements, however, slowly clarity is coming in, and you may need to find financial support or help.



In a health reading, the Nine of Swords can be a sign of mental stress impacting your well-being and health. The Nine of Swords can be a sign of certain mental health conditions, such as anxiety, paranoia, and insomnia, which are caused by overthinking and worry. It is important to ask for support when you need it and call in your spirit guides and angels to send you healing and guidance.


The Nine of Swords can suggest that you have the inability to see hope or faith in a negative situation. Although you are recovering and coping, you need to seek support for your health, even though you possibly aren’t seeking it.


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