(i) Nine of Swords YouTube Video

Nine of Swords : My in-depth YouTube Video on the Nine of Swords of the Thoth Tarot deck may be viewed below:

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(ii) Thoth Nine of Swords

In the Nine of Swords, the nine swords of varying lengths point downwards their tips dripping with blood. Drops of poison fall from above. The background becomes darker and more menacing as the poison and blood descend.

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(iii) Rider Waite Nine of Swords

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(iv) Nine of Swords & The Tree of Life


Yesod in Yetzirah
On the one hand we are back on the central pillar and might expect equilibrium but the 9th sephiroth is so far down on the tree that we have lower forms on intellect dominating here which become destructive.
Yesod is associated with our instinctual and emotional subconscious and their associated reactions. Hence we do not have higher mind operating in this card.

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(v) Shemhamphorasch Angels of the Nine of Swords

Anianuel: Perception of unity, success in human relationship. Organization and altruism. When negative, ruin, waste, lack of vision and common sense, exclusively rational mind. Critical and limited thinking. Manipulated reasoning, contaminated by desires.

Mehiel: Visulaization and inspiration. Beneficial for intellectual activity. Development of mental faculties. Helps understand and reflect. When negative, lacking in inspiration, critical. Oppressive rationalism. Megalomania.


(vi) Nine of Swords Numerology

The number 9 represents the cycle of returns in numerology. When we multiply nine by any number, then reduce the result, we always come back to nine, effectually returning back to the source.
For example,

  • 9×8=72, reduced: 7+2= 9
  • Once more:14218×9=127962. Reduce it:1+2+7+9+6+2=27. Reduce again:2+7=9
  • Again: 411758×9=3705822, 3+7+0+5+8+2+2=27, 2+7=9

This “energetic loop” in conjunction with the symbolic suit of swords clues us to the repetitive and cyclical nature of our deeper thoughts.For ‘cruelty’ we can have negative thoughts that repeat over and over and do not get resolved. They can come out in the form of emotional and self harm.

In the Rider Waite card this can give rise to repetitive bad dreams/thoughts stemming from the subconscious (this card is in Yesod ruled by the moon).


(vii) Nine of Swords Astrology

1.  Decan : Second decan of Gemini (11 – 20°) ruled by MARS
2. Mars in Gemini
The one pointed nature of Mars does not sit well with the scattered energy of Gemini and so this makes for an uncomfortable fit. Besides possessing a passion for words, when Mars in Gemini natives get angry or fired up(Mars is the planet of war after all), they use words as their “weapon” and this reflects the title of the card – CRUELTY. The sephiroth doesn’t help as it is both low down on the tree as already mentioned but also the Moon rules Yesod and so this leads to a passivity which allows the Mars and sign to dominate !


(viii) Nine of Swords Symbology

Swords = aggressive poisoned thoughts either self talk or towards another. Red and rusted representing Mars & its aggression.
Blood = our spirit is bleeding from being poisoned at this time and it emphasises pain and suffering.
Gemini = unable to make a choice & see a way out at this time.
Poison = falling from above and it ENDS when blood begins to fall from that sword. This implies that poisoned thoughts lead us to harm.


(ix) Quotes from The Book of Thoth

“The swords no longer represent the pure intellect so much as the automatic stirring of heartless passion” (p.208)

“There is a way of dealing with this card : the way of passive resistance..(or) that of… revenge” (p.208)


(x) Nine of Swords Divinatory Meanings


Nine of Swords Upright

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This card can also be associated with guilt and feelings of regret from which we turn the energies of this card upon ourselves.
This card is very different to the 6 of swords which represents a logical evaluation of the situation at hand. Perhaps we should take a step back to see what our response to this situation rather than just follow the passive/reactive suggestion by Crowley and find another method of dealing with it.
• Often, this card will be a comment on your own treatment of yourself – if you denigrate yourself and beat yourself up, you are facing the worst enemy of your entire life – you know your every weak spot, your every Achilles heel. You know just exactly what hurts you most, you have no defence against yourself, and you cannot walk away.
This can result in emotional problems, self harm, emotional harm

• If we are sure this is not happening then we must look at how our actions are affecting other people. Are we acting in a way to damage others on some level

• Is there danger from a distance i.e. someone in the background who has it in for us ?


Nine of Swords Reversed



(xi) Crystals and the Nine of Swords

If we are depressed or self harming in any way then the following crystals are of help:

Any of the lithium stones first that come to mind for self-harm and depression. They have balancing energies that can help settle all sorts of mental/emotional trauma or imbalances.

Examples include:

1. Lepidolite

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Known as a stone of transition, Lepidolite helps to shift and restructure old energy patterns, bringing light and hope to a situation. Use Lepidolite to reduce stress associated with change.

2. Citrine

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Excellent for helping with depression.

3. Rose Quartz

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Rose Quartz is great for bringing in unconditional love for emotional healing and is fantastic for promoting positive emotional health.

4. Haematite

Good for grounding and rooting in reality. Bringing back down to earth.


(xii) Nine of Swords Affirmations

I love and accept myself as i am.

I trust in the natural flow of life in bringing me all that will support me.


(xiii) Associated Video Links

Polyphonic Tarot

Paul Hughes Barlow

Marveena Meek

Nine of Swords Thoth Tarot Card Tutorial

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