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What does the Nine of Swords mean?

February 27, 2016

Nine of Swords -- Tarot of the MastersHere is a pithy meaning for the Nine of Swords:
“Shame is the most powerful, master emotion. It’s the fear that we’re not good enough.” — Brené Brown

Although worry and anxiety are meanings more commonly associated with the Nine of Swords, shame is one that I feel is also important to consider.  I first encountered this association long ago in the seminal Tarot book, Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom by Rachel Pollack. For example, in her chapter on this card, Pollack says:

Unless the oppressed self-doubting person takes action, expresses her or his anger, makes real changes in her or his life, the deep hidden shame will remain.

For more about the horrible power of shame, and some ways to deal with it, I recommend an article (an interview with Brené Brown) titled “How to Listen to Pain.”


Note: Each of these pithy Tarot meanings is just one facet of its card. Find more of them on my Card Meanings page.  Also, get my Pithy Tarot eBook or the FREE app that uses my pithy Tarot meanings … and LIKE my Pithy Tarot Facebook page!




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