Tarot Readings

Nine of Swords

Judgement Tarot Card
What does the Judgement Tarot Card mean?
  • By Gemma Irias
  • Published: 08/08/20 2:20 PM EDT
  • Updated: 08/08/20 2:20 PM EDT
What does the Judgement Tarot Card mean?

Nine of Swords Tarot Card Meaning

Element: Air

Function: Intelligence, the mind, sincerity, fairness

A woman sits upright in her bed as if she has just had a terrible nightmare. She is holding her head in her hands. She is wearing a white gown, the color of purity, and her hair is white too. The cover on her bed is decorated with roses and astrological images. The roses represent magic while the astrological images are a sign that you wish to know what is happening in the world. There are nine swords lined on top of each other next to the woman.

Intricately carved into the bed there is an image of a battle between two people coming to an end. One has overpowered the other, but we aren’t sure how far they are going to take it. We also aren’t sure whether the nine swords are hanging on a black wall or rather suspended in the air with the black sky behind. Perhaps they have descended from the heavens she is trying to understand more about the astrological symbols.

Nightmares can be incredibly realistic and frightening, though they aren’t real. Dreams are created on our insides and have such an intense impact on us that they stary with us. A nightmare is a reflection of our fears as we are dreaming. The only difference between a dream and a nightmare is the element of fear.

A nightmare stirs up all kinds of negative emotions from sadness to guilt or even despair. These feelings sprout in the mind and even though we tell ourselves it was just a dream; we still sometimes feel like the universe is trying to tell us something.

The Nine of Swords is a card of worry, hesitation, shame, our fears and the lack of ability to save ourselves from the situation despite trying so hard to learn what the future holds for us. This oppression is enough to wake us up in the middle of the night and make it impossible for us to relax again. It seems that the swords are coming down on her, exerting pressure from the universe above. She doesn’t move from her bed as for now her emotions keep her stuck.

More specifically, the card is about the exact moment when the images are clear in your head and you are terrified and helpless. It’s the split second when you still don’t realize it was a dream and not real. Though this may only be a few seconds, the feelings are very real and can even leave you gasping for breath. It’s not the moment of sleep before, nor is it the moment after when you realize it was a nightmare.

When Reversed:

Instead of coming out of a dream, if you draw the Nine of Swords reversed it means that you are tying yourself up in a knot of negative emotions becoming more and more concerned and distressed. It is possible that you find it difficult to sleep and this is having a knock-on effect, making these worse each night.

On a positive note, in this position, the card could mean that you are now aware that your fears and concerns are in your head. There is no need for you to remain in bed, you aren’t helpless, and you can do something about your problems.


You will have recently experienced stress and worry but there was a change and things are getting better. The situation may have been a traumatic one but that is not to say that your future will be the same.


This is a warning! If you aren’t suffering at the moment you can assume the time will come soon. This situation may you feel like you are under a lot of pressure and may not have control over your life. You should find ways now that will prepare you and remember that you will come out of this.


If you don’t make some changes to your life, you will end up suffering and life will be one worry after another. Discover what is holding you back. Look for things that you should be enjoying but aren’t. think about your life and find out what your good ideas truly are.

Yes/No Question:

The answer is no.

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