Your Chosen Card – Nine of Swords Reversed Thoth Deck
When reversed, this card can indicate that you are either avoiding or refusing to face up to your deepest fears. A well-known refrain from the self-help movement goes, ‘What you resist persists.’ Acknowledge that you are worried and try to look at matters more clearly in the light of day. In the words of the serenity prayer: ‘God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.’
Keywords Reversed: Nightmares, insomnia, desolation, despair, worry, mental anguish, anxiety, sorrow, self-doubt, a guilty conscience, preoccupation, shame, bad dreams, cruelty, depression, ill health, miscarriage, gloomy thoughts, resigning oneself to negative thinking; ‘I cant get no satisfaction.’
Timing: 10 Gemini20 Gemini. Tropical, 1 June10 June. Sidereal, 25 June5 July.
Astrology: Assertive and warlike Mars in the second decan of airy Gemini, the realm of the Knight of Swords (Fire of Air) and the Lovers (Gemini). Mars is linked to the Tower.
Number Symbolism: 9 – the final single digit, culmination, fruition, attainment.
Etteilla: A cleric, priest, nun, virgin, cloistered person, ecclesiastic, recluse, unmarried person; devotion, celibacy, piety, a cult, a convent, monastery, hermitage; (R) reasonable suspicion, warranted mistrust, legitimate fear, a troubled conscience, timidity, shame, disgrace.
When Nine of Swords is reversed you can pretty much take it that life is going well but that’s when life takes us by surprise. If Nine of Swords is unclear it may help to choose a card from the Major Arcana to provide more insight into what it is Nine of Swords is trying to tell you. If you had a particular issue in mind, or want to seek clarification on something else, you can also choose again to get more guidance.
This chosen card is part of your reversed card reading for Nine of Swords using cards from the Thoth Tarot Deck. You will find many more tarot pages that will be of great help if you need tarot card meanings. Use the search at the bottom of the page. We have some amazing tarot books for you to browse. Please see below.
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Complete Book of Tarot: In addition to using astrology to understand the cards, the Golden Dawn included the Kabbalah to explain tarot symbolism. The interpretations of the numbered pip cards reflect the meaning of the corresponding number on the Tree of Life. That idea, of connecting the tarot with the Hebrew alphabet and the Kabbalah, can be traced back to Athanasius Kircher, a German Jesuit scholar of encyclopedic interests. Born around 1601, Kircher displayed an early interest in science, medicine, philosophy, and ancient cultures. He learned Hebrew from a rabbi and became fascinated by ancient Egyptian culture, eventually speculating that Egypt was the source of ancient mysteries. Kirchers adaptation of the Tree of Life is still used by modern ceremonial magicians and tarot practitioners.
Complete Book of Tarot: Waite (1911): A man oppressed by the weight of the ten staves he is carrying. Divinatory Meanings: The chief meaning is oppression simply, but it is also fortune, gain, any kind of success, and then it is the oppression of these things. It is also a card of false-seeming, disguise, perfidy. The place which the figure is approaching may suffer from the rods that he carries. Success is stultified if the Nine of Swords follows, and if it is a question of a lawsuit, there will be certain loss; (R) contrarieties, difficulties, intrigues, and their analogies.
Complete Book of Tarot: The Tarot of Marseille, the oldest known of which is by Jean Noblet in Paris around 1650.
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Complete Book of Tarot: In the chapters detailing the meanings of the individual cards, I have included possible interpretations for the upright and reversed orientations of each card. Please take these delineations with a grain of salt. One of the reasons I stopped using reversed cards was that often the alleged reversed meaning was carried by the upright card, and vice versa. When you read the delineations offered in this text, consider that either the upright or the reversed ‘meaning’ of any card may apply, regardless of whether the card appears upright or inverted.