Tarot Series~Minor Arcana: Nine of Swords

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When pulled upright is about fear and anxiety, especially about the things that you worry about and that you think of while you’re trying to sleep. This card could be about trauma as well. You might feel self-conscious about this trauma and may be anxious about telling anyone about it as well as the emotional issues you have from the trauma. Swords cards are very much about the mind, logic, and intellect and the nine of swords really focus in on the negative aspects of that. You can’t seem to turn your brain off and are full of questions, and constantly thinking about all the possibilities that could happen. This card is also about how something that troubled you in the past, that you thought you managed to avoid and get past, is becoming an issue again. You should consider talking to someone about it because then at least you don’t have to carry this burden on your own. If this is something that has less to do with trauma and more to do with just general anxiety then you need to think about if this is something that you can control. Is there something that you can do or change that will help alleviate this anxiety? Focus on the things you can control.

When pulled in reverse this card is also about being affected by nightmares, anxiety, and stress. Something traumatic that happened before is resurfacing and overwhelming you. However despite all of this there is more hope than there is with the upright version. In the upright version you are kind of wallowing and not trying to actively feel better, but when the card is in reverse you do have that motivation. However you have to actually take action to see any change. Nothing will get better if you do not make an effort to leave it behind. It is important to remember that even though there is hope of getting through this there is the chance of things getting worse if you don’t make the effort to get through this rut. It is all on you to avoid that. If you push yourself you could find yourself out of this rut but if you don’t push yourself you can sink farther into it. 

Here is a tarot spread to help you get through your anxiety and stress. First I would take out the nine of swords and meditate on it while focusing on your anxieties and stressors in your life right now. Then shuffle and pull using your preferred method.

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Tarot Series~Major Arcana Card 16: The Tower

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When pulled upright this card is about extreme change that is radical and momentous which is why the card looks so unnerving. In reality the meaning of this card is not as frightening as it looks usually. At the very root of this card it is about foundational, groundbreaking change. This card doesn’t have to be about a disaster or a great loss as change is just a natural part of life even if it can seem scary because it means we have to abandon old ways of thinking and explore new ones. When it comes to readings about work this card is about in inevitable argument. When this argument happens you must stay in control and keep your temper. When doing a reading about your love life this card can signify the relationship you’re in may be coming to an end. So if you see this card take it as a warning and fix your relationship while you have the chance.

When pulled in reverse this card is about a crisis in the making and you are struggling to avoid it. What you need to realize is that these breakdowns are not inherently bad as they can break down your on something that is false. This tower is built on a bad foundation and must fall, despite the pain it may cause you the end result will bring you peace. 

Here is a tarot spread that focuses on the tower card. This spread is great for dealing with the aftermath of trauma. Before you do this spread I would take the tower card out of the deck and mediate on it while thinking about the trauma you are trying to deal with. Then shuffle and pull the cards as you see fit.

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Card 1: This is the lightning bolt, the illumination, the sudden realization, the trauma, or the cause, and your initial reaction.

Card 2: This represents the foundation you have built upon. These are roots that have been suddenly bared; if you can, now is a perfect opportunity to examine them. Did you build on sand or stone? This card represents what it was, and what it could be.

Cards 3-7 represent the pieces falling around you, that went into the building of this structure. These are the blocks, the broken watch parts, that were running smoothly, (or were at least running), and are now divided and altered. Look at these pieces, now separate from each other, and sort the useful from that which no longer serves you. What would you like to keep? What will you discard? What might be kept, but in a modified form?

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