Nine of Swords - Additional Notes

Nine of Swords - Additional Notes

The Nine of Swords is one of the cards that shows distress. The kind of trouble that it brings is always on the mental level, and it's usually (but maybe not always) because we're trying to block our emotion from having a voice in the given situation. We always have something that we want to say when this card appears but we're finding ways to avoid communicating our feelings. Traditionally this card is linked to mental cruelty but what we often don't see is that we've got far more control over the situation than we admit. This card shows up frequently after an argument and represents that stage where we refuse to listen to rhyme or reason. 

Read More

Eight of Swords - Additional Notes

Eight of Swords - Additional Notes

I hate the eight of swords. Well, okay, so maybe the word hate is a tad extreme but when I see it my insides react, and I think Noooooooo. It's not the worst card in the pack but for a girl like me, it means a serious amount of torment. The reason for this? I need my headspace to be free so that I can write and get on with the other things that need to be done. When the eight of swords appears I know that I'm going to be wandering round in circles in my tiny mind and the chance of any meaningful output is slim indeed! The main problem here is having way too much information and not being able to step far enough back to look at things from a broader perspective. A frequent image on the card is a woman, blindfolded, hands bound and surrounded by swords.

Read More

Seven of Swords - Additional Notes

Seven of Swords - Additional Notes

I went through a phase a while back where this card was a frequent visitor to my readings. I can't say that I have any intense feelings when I see it, but it does give me cause to worry for so many different reasons.  At a very basic level, this card indicates sneakiness and says that you are not on your guard when you need to be. There's no sugar coating to be done here. Someone is trying to either steal from you or get one over on you, and you're just not aware of it at all. Many decks will show a man that's half in/half out of a window. In The Dark Grimoire Tarot deck, there are no swords but that shadowy figure is stood IN the doorway, and the man is fast asleep. 

Read More

King of Swords

King of Swords

Often represents an authority figure so there could be official dealings coming up. When it represents a person, he can be very good at teaching and giving direction but may not always have a good grasp on the practical/physical outcome of his ideas. Like the Queen of Swords, he can be slow to offer emotional support but is great if you're trying to stay focused on the things that need to be done. He doesn't want to hear about how you feel because he's too interested in wanting to know what you think. He'll respect you for your mental abilities but could get annoyed if you're the type that attracts lame ducks.

Read More

Queen of Swords

Queen of Swords

Often the Queen of Swords will show a part of your inner self that you pull out of the hat when you've been struggling to get a clear perspective. If you've been acting like a doormat or crying over nothing, then don't be surprised if you start acting out of character. With Justice, there could be a need to get a second opinion from someone who knows more than you do. The five, eight, or nine of swords could suggest that you need to ground yourself more as there could be too much rational thinking going on.

Read More