03/30/14: Stress Insomnia / Nine of Swords

9 of Swords Meaning

All the stress? It wears on you and it does impact your health, but the scares are a result are probably blown out of proportion says the Nine of Swords, paired with “Health.” Also be aware of the role guilt and fear plays into the picture, because it does.

Aside: get some sleep for goodness sakes!

My advice: Self-care, and seek support from trusted companions. That in and of itself will make you feel better in an immediate, tangible way. And of course, you can always fill my favorite prescription of a good, long nap!

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02/08/13: Wiggle room? Not much! / 9 of Swords

Nine of Swords ResolutionsUh oh! A repeat man…and not a pretty one. Here, the Nine of Swords pairs up with “Resolution” to tell me you have limited options for resolving.

While the Nine of Swords in general speaks to worry and isolation, this particular version emphasizing that “trapped” feeling by showing a person whose hands are tied, front and center. Looking at yesterday’s Page of Swords in the flow of story, I’m thinking that you may have limited wiggle room.

Could you use a sword to cut the rope? Probably, but be aware you may draw some blood yourself in the process. You’ll have to judge your own risk tolerance on this one.

Where you are is where you are. Work with it as best you can. Id’ say look for the lessons within because somehow, it seems that learning those lessons appear to be central to moving the &%^$ on from this stuff…and don’t overdo the guilt factor. Also, it’s also helpful confiding with others if you’re in a Nine of Swords type situation. If nothing else, the support can help lift your spirits.

Are you feeling limited wiggle room?

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02/03/14: Goodbye, Helplessness! / 9 of Swords

Nine of Swords

To me, the Nine of Swords always evokes those nights when you just cannot sleep, haunted by self-perpetuating thoughts of how there is no way out. And the worst part? Nobody to talk to, and knowing it’s your fault.

Er, ah. Not that I’m speaking from personal experience or anything.

This is what we’re advised to release—“A mindset, resentment, ideal or other situation you need to let go of  to achieve your desired outcome,” according to the Deck of 1000 Spreads.

Well, that’s much nicer than holding on to it. But if it were so damn easy, we wouldn’t be looking at those tied hands to begin with.

Listen: you are where you are. Simplistic maybe, but an accurate observation nonetheless. In our everyday, mundane life, time is liner, always crawling ahead. Take stock, separating out how much is reality of the situation versus how much is fear of where the situation may lead. Many get these conflated.

Question the “unthinkable” regardless (because a lot of the time, “unthinkable” is a euphemism for “I refuse to accept that”).

Realize guilt, isolation, and worry doesn’t help. Right? It just clouds the head. Accept inherent limitations while at the same time, look to reach beyond. This means seeking outside counsel if appropriate. It almost always includes forgiving yourself for being in the situation to begin with.

I’d say once you are familiar with where you are, shift gears to where you want to go, and then look for something, anything—however humble—that moves you a little bit closer. Taking even a small action will help you feel better.

Lather, rinse, repeat. That’s how you let go of the helpless feelings.

You feeling this?

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by Bill Greer & Lloyd Morgan

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12/30/13: Overblown / 9 of Swords Rx

reversed 9 of swords

“What’s the worst case scenario? What’s the best? You can bet your ass, it’s going to be somewhere in the middle.” –Dixie’s annoying anxiety advice

Don’t make those night terrors out to be legitimate threats. The reversed Nine of Swords says your fear is getting the best of you. Whatever worries we’re talking have reached the point of irrationality.

I most often see this card when someone is feeling guilty as well as anxious. The guilt factor tends to create isolation. Who wants to ‘fess up to stupid mistakes, poor choices, or otherwise acknowledge behavior that may feel shameful?

But talking it out usually does help. Almost invariably, fears I see with this card reversed are blown out of proportion or just flat-out unrealistic. Plus, you’d be surprised how much less harsh other people judge you than you judge yourself. (And if you don’t find that the case, may be time to look for some new friends!)

Do what you can to get fears off your chest. You’ll find yourself sleeping a lot better afterward, too.

Are you seeing this dynamic?

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10/14/13: Right Here, Right Now / 9 of Swords

Nine of Swords

“A day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work.” –John Lubbock

The Nine of Swords knows who’s sleeping (and who’s not) better than Santa! I tend to see this card when someone is deeply worried, isolated and often times feeling guilty about the source of worry as well. It graphically illustrates our fears that become louder at night, with tears shed alone that seem to be bringing little relief.

I know it’s stabby out there. I am sorry! Did I not just tell you yesterday, we’re making good progress getting through all this? Fears to the contrary do not negate that reassurance. But you do have to deal with whatever muck you’ve got before you can be done with it.

Being mega-Virgo, hardcore worry is within my emotional vocabulary. Those times I’ve found myself living the Nine of Swords, I can tell you what has been most helpful for me:

  • Sharing worries with someone I trust as soon as I can handle doing so – it lightens the load
  • Facing the root of the worry (this one is HUGE!)
  • Letting myself off the hook for past mistakes
  • Commitment in the present to make things things as right as possible
  • Plans and backup plans to feel less helpless – anything, however small, to improve the situation
  • Realizing that the anticipation is almost always worse than any actual event

I think of worry as energetically creating problems I don’t actually have. Scientifically, the body doesn’t know the difference between real and vividly imagined scenarios. So basically if you’re a graphic worrier, you are quite literally making problems for yourself, creating negative experiences in a visceral way. We don’t need the damn Law of Attraction to know that is unnecessary pain.

Deal with what you have, right here, right now. If you don’t like it, fair enough. Take a step to make it better. And then another, and another. This won’t make it magically disappear, but it will incrementally ease your pain and probably help you sleep to boot. In time, this is how even the biggest messes get cleaned up.

Have you been worried?

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09/18/13: Fretful / 9 of Swords Rx

reversed 9 of Swords meaning

Don’t fret. The reversed Nine of Swords is worry overblown, fretting and losing sleep over problems you don’t yet have. Listen: if you need to make corrections, do it! If you feel guilty about something, do what you can to set it right and then let it the Hell go. Keep moving, okay? Fear isn’t so helpful.

Are you feeling fretful?

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