The Nine of Swords

Written By Expert Rebecca Avoni

The Nine of Swords is often considered the card of worry and anxiety. In almost all tarot decks, this card portrays a sleepless, stressed individual, who is pacing restlessly. But to spite its strong message of concern, the Nine of Swords almost always carries a strangely comforting message.

Pay attention to what position this tarot card occupies in your reading. In the past positions, it advises you to stop dwelling on mistakes or events that you can't change. Regret is pointless, and sometimes damaging. In future positions, the card asks us to carefully consider where our current actions are leading.

When your money or career tarot reading turns this card up, the guides are warning you to carefully examine your finances. Something, somewhere, is not as you

believe it to be. This is especially true when it comes to loans and other banking issues.

When it appears in reply to love questions, the Nine of Swords is like a wise friend, offering advice. First, stop worrying about the situation. You must recognize that some things, especially other people's decisions, are simply beyond your control. The universe is working the problem out. So don't lose sleep over the issue right now.

One very unique element of this card is also its emphasis on sleep. Sleep is where the brain, mind, and soul can recharge. Regardless of the question, this tarot card is asking you to examine your sleeping habits, and if need be, ask your doctor how you can best get full, restful nights of relaxation.

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Hi Cristina,

I am facing a complicated issue with my 12 years of married life. No passion at all, I was hanging on to the marriage and the compromises I need to make. I had my ex come back into my life 14 years after the break up, still single as he promised me 16 years ago, saying that he will be single for the rest of his life if he cannot marry me. Our break up was a result of a rumor, which was my fault believing it as a result of my immaturity then. Therefore I have settled with the second best. I madly want to get back with my ex, yet my husband would not allow me the divorce.

Would we have any chance of getting together? What will happen to my future? I'm very frustrated and unhappy.


Blessings, dear Thara.

There is always a chance for everything; life itself is a miracle so miracles can happen every day. You say your husband will not grant you a divorce, so realistically it would be difficult for you to be with your ex. However, I see a karmic connection between you and your ex, a cycle that has been hard to break in this lifetime.

What happened in the past between you has no real relevance in the situation now. What is important is that you make a choice here to cling to your marriage, or walk away or have an affair with your ex. These are all free will choices you have the power to make on your own.

You say your husband is second best, yet he has been there those years striving to find ways to love you. He has given up; his heart is not into it anymore as he knows deep down you don’t love him so he clings to you by not allowing a divorce. This may change later and he will allow you to go free. As he comes to see your unhappiness and feel that, there is no recourse but to let you go.

I see there is a path for this relationship with your ex to work. But it will take time and your lover must work out ways to make it easy for you to leave your husband. This situation is highly probable as I see your passion for each other will win out in the end.

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