Alright guys, you know I'm not one to go doom and gloom on you, and every single card can have both positive and negative interpretations...but this card is traditionally considered the least favorable card in the deck. Let's get to it, shall we?
The Nine of Swords
"A person (often identified as a woman) sits up in bed, holding her face in her hands. Nine swords hang over her, perhaps on the wall, pointed in the same direction she’s facing. With nine swords at her disposal, why does she seem so discouraged? Swords are a liability if you haven’t figured out how to use them, and if you’re working with that many, you’d need to be very skilled indeed.
This card is one that’s feared in traditional interpretations: it can mean ruin, death, the destruction of all your plans…it can also mean bad dreams and insomnia, and when you put those ideas together, you get, thinking it’s the end of the world when it’s really not. That said, no, you are not going to Disney World.
In a reading, it may be that your quest to learn it all has left you kept up at night with racing thoughts. Maybe you thought you could share what you’ve learned with those around you, only to realize you were shortly fresh out of friends. Maybe your attempts at being brutally honest with yourself for your own good have resulted in an over-active inner-critic who’s quickly robbing you of all hope and confidence.
Though the ultimate truth may seem like a worthy thing to seek, for many reasons it seems to be the hardest path for us humans. If you’ve found yourself here, forget blunt honesty, and frank appraisals: have a little compassion for yourself. Here’s one truth worth remembering: it’s never too late to start over. Use that sword to cut away all the others that are holding you back."
People just hate negative messages in tarot readings. They want sunshine and rainbows: proof that they're right, and all their dreams will come true, or as a friend of mine put it, at least a light at the end of the tunnel.
It's worth remembering that, outside of a confidence boost, you get nothing out of a reading like that. If you're doing everything exactly right and have nothing to learn, then what's the point? Of the reading, of your journey...of anything, really?
You guys, nothing worth doing is ever easy. Fact.