The Nine of Swords is obviously a card of sorrow, and the anguish we sometimes feel in our dark hours alone. This card often speaks to our suffering on behalf of those we love, not only our own pain or fear.
Notice that the carving on the bed is of a conflict, where one figure is defeated, awaiting the final blow. On the blanket, we see roses – symbol of love and passion – interwoven with the signs of the zodiac, which points to the inclusion of others. This is also one of the few Tarot cards in which the central figure is of unclear gender – pointing to the universal nature of this situation.
The swords behind the figure do not actually pierce him or her, but three do line up quite clearly with the heart, the throat and third eye, and the crown chakras, implying extreme spiritual distress.
Over and over, I keep noting that the astrology right now is enormously problematic. So far, world events have not borne out the doom and gloomsayers (but most good astrologers I know were never on board with big drama/disaster predictions in the first place). Rather, we are in a very tense cosmic moment, where something new hasn’t yet arrived, and the old and outmoded just does not want to make room or let go.
This week especially is fraught with perilous possibility, with astrologer Lance Ferguson noting that Aug. 2, 3, and 6th call for unusual caution, especially Tuesday the 3rd. “Mars makes two difficult connections to Jupiter and Pluto on Aug 3. This is the most difficult Skywatch day I’ve seen this year.”
So upon hearing such news, what comes up for you? What fears come to mind, what security may seem in jeopardy?
On the other hand, what losses do you tend to ignore, until left alone with your fears and inner knowing in the wee hours? What troubled dreams, premonitions, insomnia or even nightmares are plaguing you?
This may be a time to pause and look deeply into the wells of worry or grief. The Swords are the intellect, attitude, knowledge and discernment. Perhaps it is time to name the shadow that haunts you in the night. What troubling news have you received, or perhaps dread to hear? What insistently calls to you in your dreams, though you wish it would not? What wrong needs to be put right?
When worry troubles us, when loneliness or dark thoughts enter our dreams, remember that such times come to all of us.
The resolution can sometimes be found in taking remedial action (Wands). Shifting our focus to our blessings can bring hopefulness and healing (Pentacles). Or it may be that we simply need to allow ourselves to feel and accept what we are going through (Cups), rather than hiding behind our daytime game face.
While never pleasant, this is an opportunity to deepen your compassion for yourself and for all beings. Feel what you feel, but do not let the birds of worry make a nest in your hair. This, too, shall pass.