Nine of Swords says analyze your situation carefully now – focus on your priorities and forge ahead. Confront your fears, experience the grief and allow yourself to heal. Complete the process by transforming your pain. Experience pain – identify the “source” of the emotions you are experiencing and then you will know what it is you must change. Stress and depression are the last despair of your rational mind before new possibilities break through from the unconscious and allow it to flow freely. Concentrate on what is most important for you to complete. Immerse yourself completely and totally in your work. Trust in yourself and the course you have committed to.
The higher mind takes aim at its own plane. Mind is now keenly aware of self and of the magnitude of what it has asked to be privy. It has asked for and been given access to a level of knowledge which has a commensurate level of responsibility that now demands the letter of the law. The more you know, the more you owe and the more you know, the more you know you do not know and will never know. The only game over which mind can exercise free will in how well it exercises its duties as the caretaker of what it knows. That is a matter of wisdom, the mastery of the management of knowledge. Knowledge and responsibility are Siamese twins – one cannot live without the other, for they share one heart. One cannot carry out responsibility without the knowledge to do so and one cannot be truly knowledgeable without responsibility – because responsibility is inherent in every piece of information. Responsibility is natural, unless it is selectively blotted out by the mind, skillfully separated by the surgical scalpel of potentially errant free will. You take a hard look at objective progress as your goals demand that they be attempted in earnest, if not met. But this mind is not interested in any excuses, from you or anyone else – this is a “pass in review” for what you have achieved, in some cases an actual list – making exercise. Deep conscious thinking and non – thinking – meditation. The ink is drying on your philosophy and goals for this lifetime. Here is the impact of idealism and you will be tough on yourself. This is a time of major decisions, decisions which select a major fork on your path. On these decisions you must build – they are one – way gates through which you will never pass again. You may see here the theoretician, psychologist, philosopher, mathematician or scientist.
Questions to Answer:
- How are you putting yourself down?
- What is the source of your depression?
- What are you suffering from?
- How have you been cruel and thoughtless or who has been cruel and hurt you?
- What can you do to improve the situation?
- What thoughts or nightmares are plaguing you?
- Next to High Priestess: Be prepared to face the truth – do not be afraid.
- Next to Star: Have faith and thank God for the blessings you have received – all is not lost.
- Aces on all sides: Look for a new beginning and accept that what has happened is for the best.
Special Messages based on card position:
In the first position: This is a path of wisdom with nobility of purpose. Here you become a master of the management of knowledge. As you approach universal mind you are becoming more aware of the darkest dark as well as the lightest light. A pervasive, through not unpleasant, sense of urgency is present.
In the second position: You know the names of all the plants in the inner courtyard and you know which are life giving and which are poison. Armed as you are with an encyclopedia of helpful tidbits, you can bring formidable intelligence to any problem put on your table.
In the third position: The mind is making a list, so you might as well get out a pencil and write it down. This is a time for turning up the volume. There is a considerable amount of information, perhaps from a number of sources, all vying for your attention.
In the fourth position: This is a very prodigious archetype for early emotional tapes. This is the higher mind impressing the heart with its knowledge of the situations that need attention in the world. This young heart not only accepted the challenge to do something about improving the world, it made that challenge its number one priority – its passion.
In the fifth position: You are intensely aware of more than you might care to now, but you also know that you asked for it. now comes the task of making sense of everything and in terms of your spiritual path it means literally that – making sense of everything. There is pressure here, but in the sense of exciting challenge.
In the sixth position: The higher mind brings greater awareness and with your increased scope of concerns, a testing and realignment for your Emotional Plane.
In the seventh position: The mind and its store of information can be either a prison or what liberates you from prison.
In the eighth position: The buck stops here. Here is the “pass in review” of all that you have done. There is a wealth of material for consideration, but this is just as you would have it. You may be in a phase of deep contemplation.
In the ninth position: The world of your heart is responding to a growing list of concerns presented to it by mind. For, as the mind expands, so does the heart have a blessed opportunity for new relationships and creative expression. This is a time of positive challenge for your heart.
In the tenth position: Let the higher Ego come into full play. It is proper for you to be feeling accomplished, on target, wise and a host of other good emotions about yourself. This is not the sin of pride. This is simply the healthy pride of the Ego acknowledging its knowledge. As the self becomes more worldly, literally approaching the World archetype at the end of the Mental Plane, it must feel larger.