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Nine of Swords :: Wild Unknown Tarot
Creator’s keywords: nightmares, anguish

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A jumbled mess of gross, horrifying confusion dominates this card. It is hard to discern what exactly we are even looking at. Eyeballs, devoid of sockets, are gazing blankly. Maggots and worms wriggle and grasp around everything. And is the center object a horn? A jawbone? Or something else entirely?

This card is a depiction of horror, fear, and turmoil. If we were able to untangle our thoughts enough to calmly assess the situation, it might not seem quite as terrible. But as it is, everything is a jumbled, monochrome mess.

Considering the chaos we see in this picture, it is interesting to note that the nine swords are arranged in an orderly manner. We’d be wise to remember that when we often create our own worst nightmares simply through our unquestioned worries.

When we get carried away in our own painful thoughts, we often feel like things are an out of control disaster. We assume that our perceived anguish is the reality of the situation. Although it is an undeniable fact that ugliness is part of life, it is good to consider how we amplify that ugliness by closing ourselves in our own mental caves.

In a reading, this card can convey a need to loosen the grip of your worries, guilt, and negative assumptions. Remember to breathe! Things are likely not as bad as they seem. You may indeed be facing struggles, but remember that you do not have to be a prisoner of your own mind. Remember that no matter how bad things seem, the wilderness of your thoughts might only make them worse.

Step back, calm down, and look at the big picture. Treat yourself with kindness and know trust that you’re doing the best you can. Remind yourself that this too shall pass.

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