Card of the Day: Nine of Swords

I’ve drawn this card before, so I knew that it’s supposed to be a negative thing. But this morning, when I sat with the card itself and forgot what I’ve already read in the companion book, this card felt so hopeful.

The Nine of Swords from the Shadowscapes Tarot.
The Nine of Swords from the Shadowscapes Tarot.

I think it felt so hopeful because she’s looking up into that bright sky above, and the red thread is tangled around her hands – there’s light at the end of her dark tunnel, and she hasn’t lost her connection to her path and to the one she’s meant to walk it with.

Am I reading way too much of myself into this card? Obviously.

I really like Paige Zee’s post on the Nine of Swords, it resonates for me:

Traditionally, this is the card of nightmares and despair. …

[But] it’s an opportunity to choose action over anxiety.

I believe what’s happening here is a call to bravely face our fears and move forward despite the whispering voices of doubt.

We are called to see how much of our fears are illusions. Let the light in by taking action to further your goals. Focus not on the distant future; plan instead to accomplish what you can do NOW. Adopt the “one step at a time” method. Look to the near future and seize the opportunities of today.

Trust your gut instead of your mind, which can fall prey to worry and doubt and fear and therefore inaction.

You can do this. Everything is more doable than it seems. All you have to do is take one. step. And if your fears worries and doubts are too much, if they are blocking your forward movement, then you can sit with them. Write them down. Talk them out. What are you afraid of, and why?

I really like this interpretation, and it fits with my own gut reaction to the card this morning. It feels encouraging, actually. It’s not about things being easy, but it does seem to be about finding some ease – some comfort from the feeling of being stuck and trapped and unable to move, beleaguered on all sides by Things That Suck. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel. There’s help from all those lovely crows. There’s a place to go and a way to get there, and despite all the anxiety hanging heavy around, there are actions to take and choices to make.

That’s lovely.

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Gloom Fairy

I'm a genderqueer, queer, poly, kinky, sex-positive, sex-radical feminist and activist and student.

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