When the 9 of Swords comes to you, its message is to check your thinking.
Thoughts of worry, stress, and anxiety may be disturbing you, and may be causing restlessness. The 9 swords in the background are all the same and fall into a pattern, a single line or row. This can suggest a pattern of thought (Louise Hay would call this a “mental pattern”), or one thought that comes to mind again and again.
I have found, for me, that worry can be such a waste of time. It doesn’t change the situation, and all I’m doing is giving it more power by focusing my attention on the problem, rather than looking for a solution. Also, worry is rooted in fear, so a couple of questions to consider, when we find ourselves worried are, “What am I afraid of? What do I fear will happen?”
The 9 of Swords can be about what we fear will happen. As a psychologist, I see this card representing those of us who have a tendency to imagine the worst possible case scenario, to jump to the worst possible conclusion, and to fear and dread the future. More often than not, when we imagine the worst possible thing that could happen, it doesn’t happen at all. Why do we put ourselves through that mental agony? As a person who works with the Law of Attraction (which we all do, whether we believe in it or not), something to consider: if we are always thinking the worst and putting feeling with it (in this case, worry), we have a greater chance of creating that experience. As Job once said, in Christian scripture: “My worst fear has come upon me.” In this case, the 9 of Swords becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Lastly, the 9 of Swords can be a message to analyze your dreams, especially if you’ve had any disturbing ones. In my work as a dream analyst, I believe the disturbing ones are grabbing your attention because of the message they have for you–and don’t want you forgetting them. (I had a dream, just this morning, that people were trying to escape large man-eating crocodiles, and were being picked off one-by-one, much like the people in those low-budget slasher flicks. What the heck?!?)
So, for today, consider the things that worry you and frighten you–and then ask yourself why that might be. And then see what you might be able to do proactively to alleviate those worries and those fears.
Your partner in shifting stinking thinking,