Nine of Swords
Story: The Intellect
The Nine is the completion of the lesson, how we ultimately overcome. Keywords: Proud, illusion, worry, persistence, success, kindness.
The story of the Nine of Swords is not a happy one. Up to this point, may of the challenges presented in the suit have been external, but now we find a figure woken in the middle of the night, haunted by his internal nightmares of terror and regret.
But take a look at the imagery of the card. In reality, things seem worse than they really are. Only a few of the swords could prove fatal. The other fears are of a different nature, a nature we often find in the shadowy world of night—fears that are entirely imagined or could be diffused with just a little light of day.
When this card appears in a reading, it is telling us that we have a right to be afraid because there are some real dangers in our lives, but like the story of the Eight, many of these are caused by overthinking, worry, and anxiety. We must filter out those that are imagined, and diffuse those which can be handled right now, so that we can get to the heart of the fears that really have potential for damage. In the shadowed perspective, there are likely to be more fears that aren’t exaggerated.
Fear and apprehension have the power to magnify small problems and make them appear more threatening than they really are. The more stressed out you become, the more problems you see.
Yet there are areas of your life where you are vulnerable to the piercing energy of the sword. Once you eliminate those that are a result of your own anxiety and defuse others that are simpler to handle, if any more exist, it is time to look at how the pain caused by the realization of these fears can trigger your strength.