Nine of Swords


Key words

Upright: anxiety, trauma, guilt, worry

Reversed: mindfulness, conscious choices, hope


A person sits up in bed with their head in their hands. Nine swords hang on the dark wall behind them. The base of the person’s bed features a carving of one person defeating another, and roses and astrological symbols adorn the quilt covering their lap.


9: Fruition, fulfillment, attainment, growth


You are caught in a negative feedback loop of anxiety. You’re likely being too hard on yourself, blaming yourself for whatever it is that haunts you. Guilt and worry can be a self-fulfilling prophecy, so take stock of what is and isn’t within your control. Your pain may feel overwhelming now, but know that it will fade with time. If your anxiety is negatively affecting your daily life, consider getting help from a trusted professional. 


The Nine of Swords is about anxiety, which can sometimes be helpful. It warns you about dangerous situations or prevents you from being careless. When we can recognize and understand our anxiety, we can either quell it or thank it for raising our awareness. Meditation, counseling, and therapy are all helpful in managing anxiety— you might consider one of these approaches if you are feeling overwhelmed.