Nine of Swords Tarot Card Meaning

Nine of Swords Tarot Card Meaning | California Psychics

Nine of Swords Keywords

Anxiety, negativity, despair, grief, depression, fear, and regrets.

Sword Suit Meaning

The Suit of Swords is associated with intellect, communication, logic, and cunning. Some cards in this suit deal with aspects of emotional distress. Swords represent the element of Air, and the Air signs, Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius. Both the Suit of Swords and the element of Air are concerned with truth and wisdom. Just as Air signs are nonjudgmental and constantly in pursuit of knowledge, the Swords are the cards that tell hardest truths. Depending on the deck, this suit could be called Knives, Blades, or Spades, to name a few.

General Meaning for the Nine of Swords

The Nine of Swords is a sad card. It is the card of grief, of pain, of dread. You may feel plagued by an overwhelming feeling of sadness and despair and unable to see your way out. Remember that nothing is forever. This card is part of a smaller cycle within the suit of swords and is also part of the larger cycle of the cards. Something new will come to fill the spaces left by loss. The Nine of Swords is here to both validate your pain and remind you to keep going.

Nine of Swords in the Past/Yesterday Meaning

In the past position, the Nine of Swords indicates some type of trauma in your past. It is more than just recent negative events it is often more about foundational and deep trauma. This is not always the kind of thing you can simply let go of, but something that you must carry with you in some form. You don’t need to erase it, you just need to grow from it and understand how it has made you better, stronger, and more capable.

Nine of Swords in the Present/Today Meaning

You are currently dealing with feelings of depression, sadness, or grief. It might seem like there is no way out, but there is. Everything is cyclical, and time moves us forward. Try to engage in self-care activities. Confide in friends. Seek out resources for help if you need them. It’s important to remember that this too shall pass.

Nine of Swords in the Future/Tomorrow Meaning

The Nine of Swords in the future position indicates that a situation you’re in is on a downward spiral, and that it is probably largely out of your control. This is not a problem with an easy fix but being prepared as best you can is always helpful. Things are going to get tough, but you have to just push through it. There is a lesson to be learned here, and ultimately there will be growth.

Love and Relationships Meaning for the Nine of Swords


If you’re looking for love and not making headway, you may be worried that it will never happen. If you’re filling your head with worry, then you’re not making time for love. Now is the time to try to break the cycle. You may find that it’s your own insecurities and past trauma that is standing in the way of something really beautiful. The Nine of Swords often means you need reminding that you are worthy of love, just as you are.


Having trouble in paradise? Or perhaps recent troubles have led you to look elsewhere for love. Look before you leap deeper into trouble. It’s a good idea to try to fix the root of problem, or others may follow. If you have fallen into a pattern that is destructive or stagnant, it’s time to reevaluate and communicate honestly about what you’re feeling.

Career Meaning for the Nine of Swords

If troubles at work or even a lack of work has got you down, worry about it will only rob you of your confidence. No one has control over everything, and everybody gets knocked down sometimes. Try to remember that nothing stays the same forever; do your best to see beyond the immediate.

Financial Meaning for the Nine of Swords

If you’re short on cash, (perhaps through loss of work) anxiety may be eating up your attention when you should be focused on making a money plan – income vs. outgoing, need vs. want, etc. Your own fears and constant what if’s are standing in the way of you moving forward. If you’re unhappy with your finances, the Nine of Swords is reminding you to make changes, and that there are options to alleviate a lot of that anxiety.

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