“The largest part of what we call ‘personality’ is determined by how we’ve opted to defend ourselves against anxiety and sadness”.”
― Alain de Botton
The terrors we face in our mind are not real but the pain and suffering they cause are. Also, those thoughts – if entertained over extended periods of time – begin to form our personality and our reality. To calm the mind and to master worrying thoughts is the key to health and happiness.
The 9 of Swords focuses the passionate life force energy (Mars) in the realm of the intellect, where (when not reigned in) it will wreak havoc. This is clearly illustrated both above and in the traditional 9 of Swords imagery of the Rider Waite Tarot, where a woman is kept awake by her fears and anxiety.
It is interesting that this card of terror of the mind shows up as our daily inspiration card on 9/11 – a day of terror in history.
“Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.”
― Thích Nhất Hạnh
Affirmation: “I breath out worry and breathe in peace.”
9 of Swords Prayer
Dear Mother-Father God (or whichever higher power you acknowledge), help me live in the breath, moment by moment. Relieve me of the burden of fear and anxiety. Disperse the clouds and let the sun shine in once more. So mote it be! (Listen to prayer on Instagram)
Correspondences for the 9 of Swords
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Archangel: Camael (Mars) and Zadkiel (angel of Gemini)
Gemstone: Rose quartz, citrine and smokey quartz
Scent: Rose, lemon and sandalwood
Deck used: The Rohrig-Tarot