This card shows nine sharp swords hanging above the head of one overwhelmed with thought in the darkest of hours. The night is black, but not enough to stop the waked sleeper from impending visions of doom.
Nines represent the element in its fullness. Swords are the suit of elemental air, symbolizing mental process like new ideas, clever wit, and of course arguments.
Despite the obvious discomfort of the image, we see the sleeper is still safe in bed. Insight is not always comfortable. This terrible looming thing has not happened, and with careful prayer and foresight, may not happen at all.
Perhaps that is your job, working unseen in the night to solve the problems of the Universe without sleep or recognition. (If so, Thank you!) Or maybe it is trying to solve the trouble in your corner of the neighborhood that keeps you up at night. Meditation, desperate prayer and hours of planning often follow such discomforting flashes of midnight inspiration. And this is usually a good thing.
After all, it is probably better to see trouble as it heads your way than to be caught unaware. As uncomfortable as it is, now you know. Accept the momentary angst, make your plans and peace with it, then let it go. Things may look much better in the morning, especially with a plan.O
On the Shadow: This card, especially reversed, may indicate a potential to over-think and dig ruts in your thought patterns. Remember to focus on solutions to the challenge or you may risk ‘paralysis by over-analysis’.
Images from The Smith-Waite Tarot Centennial Edition Deck are used in this blog. They feature the artist, Pamela Colman Smith’s, original coloring and lovely back design. The cards are a bit oversized and printed on sturdy cardstock. This deck is one of my personal favorites. =:->AD
Rider-Waite images used with permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902. c. 1971 by U.S. Games Systems, Inc.