Nine of Swords Tarot Card Meanings

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nine of swords

Nine of Swords Tarot Card
Meanings and Keywords:


Worry and anxiety.

Unable to sleep at night.

Overwhelmed by guilt and regrets.

Being consumed by negativity.

Feeling unworthy.

Being overly fearful.

Worrying about the future. 

Living in your head. 

Being overly sensitive to other people’s opinions.


Stuck in the past.


On the wrong path in life.

Nine of swords tarot card meanings upright

Nine of swords in a general reading

Nine of Swords tarot card denotes worry, sleeplessness, and being overwhelmed. This card often shows up when it is hard to let go of stressful thoughts.

Nine of swords in the Vision Quest

The Seeker is on a quest to go beyond the mind, to completely still it. This is achieved in every 2nd card from Ace to Ten of swords. If you look at Two of swords, Four of swords, Six of swords, and Ten of swords, the Seeker has put restraints on their mind. It gets harder and harder to still it. To still it from the troubling thoughts in Nine of swords, the Seeker goes beyond their mind in Ten of swords.

Nine of swords in a love reading

In a love reading, Nine of swords tarot card indicates stress in a relationship. They could worry about their partner or this is a relationship that has taken away the Seeker’s peace of mind. this card can mean the Seeker is unable to let go of the past.

Nine of swords in a career reading

In a career reading, Nine of swords can speak of work that the Seeker finds stressful. Nine of swords can also denote a mental health worker, or someone working a lot of night shifts.

Nine of swords as Feelings

Nine of swords as feelings denotes the Seeker dealing with their fears. The Seeker must learn to love and accept who they are. They could be expecting the worst in situations and finding it hard to trust in others.

Nine of Swords as Personality

Nine of swords as a person denotes someone who often ends up being on the receiving end of other people’s cruel behaviour. They often question their past choices. They tend to blame themselves too much.

Nine of swords tarot card meanings reversed

Nine of Swords tarot card reversed indicates that issues and problems have been ignored rather than dealt with. Instead, they could try and bury their heads further in the sand. As a result, things become very uncomfortable. Nine of swords tarot card often shows up reversed when the Seeker is focusing on something that happened in the past, unable to let it go. 

Nine of Swords reversed as Personality types

The reversed meanings of the tarot cards often speaks of the Seeker acting out due to being under a lot of stress. This can bring out the shadow aspect of the person. 

Nine of swords reversed people often struggle with a victim mentality and believe everyone is treating them unfairly. There could be issues with insomnia and moodiness. This card reversed can speak of someone who is under a lot of pressure and facing things in their life they didn’t had to deal with before.

Nine of swords tarot card meanings summary

When Nine of swords tarot card shows, the Seeker could be learning how to reduce stress. The Seeker could be dealing with a lot of fear that keeps them awake at night. They are often haunted by the past.

Nine Of Swords Tarot Card Combinations

Some important tarot card combinations including Nine of swords:

9 of swords + The Fool: Worrying about a new situation. Feeling unprepared.

9 of swords + The Magician: Misunderstandings causing stress.

9 of swords + The Emperor: Unpredictable authority figure.

9 of swords + The Lovers: Worrying about a relationship.

9 of swords + Strength: Self-doubt.

9 of swords + The Hermit: Isolation due to anxiety.

9 of swords + Wheel of fortune: Fearing the future.

9 of swords + The Devil: Being bullied.

9 of swords + The Sun: Bad reasoning causing stress.

9 of swords + Ace of wands: A new beginning causing stress.

9 of swords + Three of wands: Being out of your depths. Too many demands.

9 of swords + Five of wands: Unhealthy peer pressure.

9 of swords + Eight of wands: Changing your mind at the last minute. Worrying about a trip.

9 of swords + Nine of wands: Lack of energy.

9 of swords + Queen of wands: Fear of success.

9 of swords + Three of cups: Bad company.

9 of swords + Six of cups: Haunting memories.

9 of swords + Eight of cups: Wanting a new reality.

9 of swords + King of cups: Lack of motivation.

9 of swords + Ace of pentacles: Worrying about money.

9 of swords + Three of pentacles: Unhappy at work.

9 of swords + Eight of pentacles: Worrying about learning a new skill.

9 of swords + Ten of pentacles: Worrying about family.

9 of swords + Ace of swords: Mental confusion and worry.

9 of swords + Four of swords: Insomnia.

9 of swords + Six of swords: Problems with mental tasks.

9 of swords + Page of swords: Worrying about gossips and rumours.

9 of swords + Queen of swords: Living behind a cold facade.

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