Your Weekly Tarotcast™: Nine of Swords

Weekly Tarotcast™: 2-05-19 through 2-12-19

Nine of Swords

This week’s Tarotcast card is the Nine of Swords. Not the happiest card in the deck, that’s for sure! Very few cards in the suit of Swords are welcomed when they show up in a reading. It’s hard to find the positive benefits here, but they do exist. We have to be willing to look for them. That’s probably the only way to overcome the tendency toward downright stupidity and meanness that this card embodies.

The Elements

Here, the element of Air – mental energy – is influenced by aggressive, confrontational and angry actions. 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, this card is really 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 a surgeon cutting out diseased tissue, the pain and risk for the patient is frequently worth the end result.


On the Tree of Life, this card represents the formula 9: sephiroth or sphere 9, Yesod (meaning Foundation, and 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 (more on that in a moment) equaling “Cruelty”.


Astrologically this card corresponds to Mars in Gemini and 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 is created by 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 continues its transit of Gemini’s fellow Air-sign Aquarius (through February 18). Just prior to this forecast period, the New Moon in Aquarius on February 4th invited us to try out new ideas and seek fresh perspectives. These can offer hope at a dark time if we’re willing to open ourselves to new and unexpected opportunities.

Mars continues its transit of Fire-sign Aries (its home sign) through just after this forecast period, February 14th. We’re more inclined to act out on our anger or impulsive urges, so extra restraint may be called for this week especially in combination with the energy of this week’s card.

When Mercury (Gemini’s ruling planet) enters Water-sign Pisces on February 10th, we’ll get a much-needed cooling off period. Gentler thoughts and increased sensitivity can help balance out the energy of this week’s card. Be careful to avoid wishful thinking or escapist behavior. No river cruises down “De-Nial” please!

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes feelings of shame, guilt, terror, misery and hate. And, these can be turned inward on ourselves or outward onto an unsuspecting (and maybe undeserving) world.

Let’s focus on using our consciences – and our consciousness – to surgically remove the source of our “dis-ease.”  We can set ourselves free from self-torment and 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. Normally combinations of colors are a good idea, but 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, or ruby, bloodstone and garnet for Mars worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will help us resist cruelty, stupidity and mean-spiritedness this week.

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: scent your home, bath and body with hazel, fern, iris, 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 will provide the same beneficial effects.

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