Nine of Swords: Weekly Tarotcast™ – Free Tarot Reading
10-27-20 through 11-03-20
The Nine of Swords is this week’s Tarotcast card. Not the happiest card in the deck, that’s for sure! Very few cards in the suit of Swords bring cheer when they show up in a reading. It’s hard to find the positive benefits here, but they do exist. We must be willing to look for them. That’s the only way to overcome the downright stupidity and meanness that this card embodies.
Here is the element of Air (mental energy) whipped into aggression, conflict and anger. The result is despair, depression and self-torture. The relief for this “agony of mind” is the courage we can gain from a seriously necessary reality check.
The Number 9
The Nines of the Minor Arcana bring things to a conclusion. They represent integration, fulfillment and attainment. Unlike the nines of the other suits, the Nine of Swords card is most unpleasant. On a higher level, this card shows us that we can use fear to guide us on our path to maturity. Sometimes we must be cruel to be kind. Like surgery, removing disease causes pain and risk but is worth the result.
On the Tree of Life, the Nine of Swords card represents the formula 9. Sephiroth or sphere 9, Yesod (Foundation). The sphere of the Moon. In the suit of Swords (Yetzirah). The formative world. The element of Air – our mind, intellect, thoughts and mental processes. Plus, Mars in Gemini equaling Cruelty.
The Nine of Swords corresponds to Mars in Gemini. It rules from 10 to 20 degrees Gemini, or June 1st to June 10th. If your birthday falls on or between those dates, you’ll be feeling this week’s energy even more than the rest of us. The challenge here: all-action Mars in all-talk Gemini, in the realm of the mind. This is torture that doesn’t even provide sadistic pleasure to the torturer. Ugh.
In real-time astrology, the Sun is transiting Water-sign Scorpio. Mars is the traditional ruler of Scorpio. Mars continues its retrograde transit of Fire-sign Aries.
“I can be cruel…I don’t know, why? Don’t know, why?”
On October 27th Mercury retrograde backs into Air-sign Libra from Scorpio. This can slow decisions to a crawl, or less. We mentally waffle back and forth between alternatives. We can find pros and cons for them all. This period may affect our closest partnerships the most. We can use this energy to let go of the illusion of control. Fresh perspectives can liberate us. This is a powerful counter-influence to the energy of this week’s card.
On the same date, Venus enters Air-sign Libra – one of the two signs it rules. This can also mitigate a lot of the negative energy of this week’s card. Venus in Libra urges us to love with our whole hearts. It is cooperative and peace-loving energy. It is gentle and light-handed, a good contrast to this week’s card.
The second Full Moon of October falls on October 31st in Earth-sign Taurus. It will reconnect us to our sensuality. Our physical needs and desires, and the physical world in general take priority. Watch for stubborn attitudes. The Moon aligns with Uranus, bringing either excitement or anxiety. Unpredictability shakes up the status quo. Surprises are in store.
On November 3rd Mercury stations direct in Libra. Time to wake up and get moving again. We’ll find it easier to communicate, travel make decisions and take action.
Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes feelings of shame and guilt. Terror, misery and hate. These turned inward on ourselves or outward onto an unsuspecting (and undeserving) world.
Let’s focus on using our consciences – and our consciousness – to remove the source of our “dis-ease.” We can set ourselves free from self-torment. Refrain from the torture or aggressive destruction of others.
Power colors: dark purple, scarlet red, azure blue and emerald for Mars and orange or mauve for Gemini. Don’t combine colors this week. We want to choose either the lightness of Gemini or the strength of Mars. We don’t want to reinforce them in combination.
Power stones: diamond, jade, agate and topaz for Gemini. Ruby, bloodstone and garnet for Mars. Wear these as jewelry or carry as power stones. They will help you to avoid cruelty, stupidity and mean-spiritedness.
Power metals: mercury and iron. Neither is great for wearing, but mercury reminds us to be adaptable and go with the flow. Iron is a good reminder of strength and endurance.
Power fragrances: hazel, wild rose, allspice, pine, and tobacco (the scent, you don’t need to smoke it!) to enhance your positive thought processes and mental clarity.
Power foods: foods prepared with parsley, dill, thistle (think artichokes!) allspice, cayenne, garlic, ginger and pepper. All provide the same beneficial effects already described.
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