9 OF SWORDS

9 OF SWORDS TAROT CARD MEANING

TAROT KEY MEANINGS

Light Seer (Upright): nightmares, worry, feelings of depression or anxiety, insomnia, fear, an opportunity to find courage, a time to focus on safety and the things that are going well in your life

Shadow Seer (Reversed): paranoia, deeply anchored fears, inability to think clearly, inner turmoil, negative self-talk affecting self-esteem, a great time to actively seek the healing journey, inability to see the light

9 OF SWORDS OVERVIEW

They keep flapping above. Wings and eyes and beaks and caws. They swoop and push into her thoughts. Her heart races as they peck and poke and scream. Her mind floods with the worst of the worst of the worst. Blocked from rising… she’s shaking… panicked… anxiety attacks her from within and from without, and there is nothing to do but to fall. If only she would look over, she would see the shadow of her bed and the soft pillow at her side. If only she would look up and notice, that the moment she opens her eyes and lets the light in, the birds begin to dissipate. With her root chakra calmed, and her security checked… she would see these night terrors for what they really are. On the wings of love and safety, she would begin to notice that her illusions have taken over once more, and she could open her eyes to her safety.

MESSAGE FROM THE 9 OF SWORDS

What’s keeping you up at night, sweet seer? This card suggests a time in your life when your negative thoughts are gaining momentum, and when you may find yourself spending too much energy worrying about the future. Instead of focusing on everything that could go wrong, it’s time to pay attention to the situations you are calling into your life through the expectations of fear and worry. Perception is everything, so don’t allow negative self-talk to trip you up! Flip your script and send nurturing, loving thoughts to your situation in order to overcome any disturbing, detrimental thoughts. When ideas spiral wildly out of control, they can cause you to experience anxiety, stress, or depression – even when they carry no truth. Are you imagining the worst instead of activating the best? Look to the shards of light in your situation, and notice that even the tiniest window of brightness can keep fear at bay. Find your light to lift this illusion, and allow worries to dissipate and soften. See your bad dreams for what they really are, and seek the hopeful illumination of the dawn.

QUESTIONS FOR THE SEER

• What fears hold you back?
• How are you activating your light in the darkness?
• Perspective check: Are you seeing illusions, and imagining an unhappy ending before you even begin?
• If depression and anxiety have got you hiding, know that you are not alone – it’s time to reach out for help. Who do you need to call, beautiful soul?
• If you focus on the light, and allow your fear to dissipate, what’s left in its place?
• Journal prompt: Fear is an illusion. It is usually based on false expectations of a negative future. Often, we succumb to fear in order to avoid potentially feeling a certain way. Danger, on the other hand, is real. It is based on a very present physical threat, and we run from danger in order to avoid injury. Does your system register the difference between the two?

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