Nine of Swords Tarot Card Meaning and Art Vivid Waite Smith Tarot Deck
About the Deck
Vivid Waite Smith Tarot Deck
These cards are featured in my book, "A Concise Guide to the Tarot" by Loren Lundgren. I took the information for the meanings on these tarot cards from "The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, Being Fragments of a Secret Tradition Under the Veil of Divination", by A. E. Waite, 1911, now in the public domain. I edited the tarot card descriptions and meanings for clarity and brevity, modernizing the text. I scanned in the original black and white illustrations of the cards drawn by Pamela Colman Smith, from the 1911 book. I digitally retouched and painted those illustrations in detailed color.
Loren Lundgren, © 2021
DescriptionA woman sits on her bed, sobbing, with swords on the wall above her. She grieves as if she knows of no sorrow like hers. It is a card of utter desolation.
Meaning of Nine of Swords from the Vivid Waite Smith Tarot Deck
Death, failure, malfunction, delay, deception, disappointment, despair.
Imprisonment, suspicion, doubt, reasonable fear, shame.
According to Many Schools of Thought
Papus's Divinatory Meanings
Duration of hatred.
A. E. Waite's Secondary Meanings
An ecclesiastic, a priest; generally, a card of bad omen.
Good ground for suspicion against a doubtful person.
Mme. Le Normand's Divinatory Meanings
Successful voyages. Commercial enterprises. Faithfulness. Illusions. Flirtations.
S. L. MacGregor Mathers's Divinatory Meanings
An Ecclesiastic, a Priest, Conscience. Probity, Good Faith, Integrity
Wise distrust, Suspicion, Fear, Doubt, Shady character.
P.R.S. Foli's Divinatory Meanings
A bad omen, news of failure or death
loss of one near and dear by death.
Mme. Le Marchand's Divinatory Meanings
temptation to infidelity; the temptation is withstood.