08/03/13: Focus & Use Your Words / 9 of Swords

9-swordsThis Nine of Swords is from the Zodiac Tarot, derived exclusively from the cards’ astrological associations instead of the multiple associations more common for Tarot decks. Mars is forceful energy, and Gemini is multiple channels. Here power (Mars) comes from facts or thoughts (Gemini). The anxious worry often associated with this card originates in thoughts. But this version emphasizes the other side of the coin, the power (Mars) of information (Gemini).

Because of the version we have today, I’d suggest taking a studied approach, being armed (Mars) with facts (Gemini) from diverse (Gemini) sources, using that information as your impetus (Mars). Diversity is strength. While Gemini can suffer from scattered attention, let Mars help you focus by directing the diversity of approach toward a singular goal. This will net the best results.

Gemini being an intellectual Air sign, it’s also the sign of a skilled communicator, and Mars indicates how you go about getting what you want. Just as mother might suggest to a frustrated toddler ready to lash out, don’t take random swings. Instead, “use your words.” If you’ve thought enough about the issues to gain clarity exercised due diligence gathering the facts beforehand, those words should be surprisingly effective.

Are you feeling this vibe?

Zodiac Tarot
by Lo Scarabeo

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02/17/12: Dual-Edged Sword | 9 of Clouds


“True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.” Socrates

Today’s Tarot is the Nine of Swords (Mars in Gemini) from the Zodiac Tarot, a deck which focuses exclusively on astrological associations for the cards. As you can see, the difference from the RWS we’re familiar with is rather striking. The Nine of Clouds isn’t nearly as ominous as the angst-ridden woman, waking in the middle of the night.

What is the same is that information is central. For the RWS lady, we’re talking about guilt, hurts, worries that she probably carries quietly and alone. Uncomfortable information. Stabby, cutting (Mars) information (Gemini), perhaps. But definitely, this chick knows something that’s haunting her!

The Zodiac deck’s young man is studying in a library. So he’s also using information, but more as his tool, or maybe a weapon? He’s motivated (Mars) to find the facts (Gemini). He’s working (Mars) gathering information (Gemini). How he uses this, it isn’t clear. Maybe it’s just my bias, but I’m inclined to think Free Will is an important factor.

Know what you know, and more importantly, what you don’t know! Don’t make assumptions based on the always-incorrect premise that others think and feel as you’d expect them to. Fill in informational gaps when it’s helpful and useful in living a better life, in protecting yourself, in adding to your community. But do be aware that nosiness just doesn’t serve well. Use curiosity as impetus to investigate and grow, not as a tool to better manipulate others. It’s a dual-edged sword, man.

What’s your relationship with information seeking?

Zodiac Tarot
by Lo Scarabeo

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01/21/12: World Crashing! | Nine of Swords


“Suffering isn’t ennobling, recovery is.” Christiaan Barnard

My world’s ended many a time. And each time, it’s inordinately painful. And much as I hate to say it, each time, it’s been inordinately necessary, right.

Today’s Tarot is the Nine of Swords (Mars in Gemini). This version is compelling, immediately giving the “world comes crashing down” vibe, right long with a dangerous looking snake in the foreground and crumbling buildings in the distance. But the real tell is the sword piercing the man. Calamity has struck! It’s not especially pretty.

I always think of this card as representing that lonely place where you know, you can’t just “hold it together” any more. Anguish, worry, guilt, fear—all long accompanied by wishing it away, hard!—none of this matters.

And honestly? It’s a relief, to have it out in the open, you know? You can stop worrying about what-if’s and start dealing with what-is. This energy is far from comfortable, but it’s necessary to face. The cleaner you face it, the quicker it’s cleaned up.

Are you feeling overwhelmed, like it’s just too much? Do you have worry, fear and regret? These are Nine of Swords feelings. All I know to move past them is to face it, square on and go from there. That’s what I’ve done with them. (I won’t mention the fact I never ultimately felt I had a choice not to face. That’s beside the point, and doesn’t make it any less brave.)

If you’re in this place, forgive yourself for getting there and let the swords fall. You can’t stop them anyway, so no sense slicing yourself up trying.

You feeling the Nine of Swords? How are you coping?

Cosmic Tarot Deck
by Norbert Losche

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01/02/12: Dark Night of the Soul | Nine of Swords


“Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt.” –Mark Twain

It’s the stuff you don’t talk to anybody about—all while chanting, “It’s okay, it’s okay, it’s okay,” because you’re trying to convince yourself. It’s the worries and doubt, guilt and fears, that wake you up in the middle of the night.


This is the realm of the Nine of Swords, associated with Mars in Gemini. Think inner conflict (Mars), being of two minds (Gemini). I often see this card when someone is having nightmares or difficulty sleeping, especially stemming from secret worries. It’s a lonely card.

In the Housewives deck, I have to say, that old woman in the corner makes me think of Psycho (Norman’s mom was pretty handy with a knife)! She suggests a guilt trip may be in play—or maybe Mom’s not really so sweet. Har!

What’s getting under your skin? What’s drawing blood in your life? Who can you trust? Maybe the biggest question of all: can you trust yourself? This is where we look for Nine of Swords resolutions.

8_of_Swords10_of_SwordsIn the Eight of Swords, the lady is loosely bound, and risks some nicks if she struggles. She was in every sense a victim.

In the Nine of Swords, she’s dealing with internal conflicts. Where did her judgment and choices fail her? What part of the burden is hers to bear? Is she acting with integrity? Submerging sorrows by day, they revisit at night.

It’s relevant to note the nine leads to the Ten of Swords, where remaining illusions are gone. Betrayals are in plain view, no longer up for obscuring. People hate getting this card because it’s so dark, and I’ll give you that. But for me, it signals a readiness to heal! The worst has hit already; you’ve faced it all. You can make it better and completely, not superficially, courtesy the awareness you earned fighting through the dark night of the soul  the nine conjures.

The angst of the nine is a gift, straight up. It says, kind of loud, something’s amiss, reminding there’s a price tag attached. Our peace of mind has been disturbed! It’s a universal tap on the shoulder Evaluate what serves versus what complicates your life; face up to where you’ve fallen short to decide which direction The Nine of Swords asks us to face our fears to avoid living by default. It can be uncomfortable facing up, but the process gives you power in direct proportion.

What do you relate to the Nine of Swords?

The Housewives Tarot
by Paul Kepple

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