Nine of Swords Tarot Card Meaning and Art Waite Smith Tarot Deck
About the Deck
Pivotal and canonical, this deck defined a new pattern that would be followed up to the present. I made a digitally retouched and painted version of this deck, which I call the "Vivid Waite Smith Tarot Deck". The cards from that deck, as well as a modern English translation of the romantic English descriptions by Arthur Edward Waite (as appear on the Waite Smith Tarot deck) appear in a cross-referenced format in my book, "A Concise Guide to the Tarot: In Vivid Color"
Designed by A.E. Waite and Illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith. England, 1911.
DescriptionOne seated on her couch in lamentation, with the swords over her. She is as one who knows no sorrow which is like unto hers. It is a card of utter desolation.
Meaning of Nine of Swords from the Waite Smith Tarot Deck
Death, failure, miscarriage, delay, deception, disappointment, despair.
Imprisonment, suspicion, doubt, reasonable fear, shame.
According to Many Schools of Thought
Duration of hatred.
An ecclesiastic, a priest; generally, a card of bad omen.
Good ground for suspicion against a doubtful person.
Successful voyages. Commercial enterprises. Faithfulness. Illusions. Flirtations.
An Ecclesiastic, a Priest, Conscience. Probity, Good Faith, Integrity
Wise distrust, Suspicion, Fear, Doubt, Shady character.
A bad omen, news of failure or death
loss of one near and dear by death.
temptation to infidelity; the temptation is withstood.