The Nine of Swords from the Rider/Waite/Smith deck shows a woman sitting up in bed with her face in her hands. Nine swords hang behind and above her. The image here is quite clear. This card is one of despair and worry. There are many symbols in the card. The quilt is covered with red roses and astrological signs. The base of the bed is carved with mythological images. In Today’s Journey Tarot, the updated version is the Nine of Air. This image is also very apparent. A woman sits at her kitchen table with her head thrown back in anguish. Her bills are spread out before her. There is a caged bird beside her. She is consumed with fear and imprisoned by worry. We’ve all been there. It is time for her to deal with her problems, one step at a time, instead of giving in to the ineffective, inaction of worry.
Teresa Sue McAdams, co-creator of “Today’s Journey Tarot”, co-author of “Today’s Journey Tarot, A Traveler’s Guide”, co-author of “Tarot Meditations, A Journal for Self Discovery”, and author of “Lessons, The Wisdom Within Each Moment”