Self-Care with Nine of Swords

Welcome to Self-Care with tarot! Each week we will go over one tarot card and explore how it can be used to inspire a self-care activity for the week. This week is the Nine of Swords.

Introduction and Meaning of the Card


If you haven’t already, you can explore the basic meaning of this card here, from my Exploring Tarot series, and you can explore the emotional meaning here, from my Emotional Tarot series.

With that said, in the context of self-care, I take this card to mean to address any anxiety, guilt, or depression.

My Suggested Self-Care Activity for the Week

Based on the meaning of this card, the activity I would suggest to try doing each day until next Wednesday is to reach out and seek help with any anxiety, guilt, or depression you may be feeling at this time. This sort of thing doesn’t typically resolve on its own.

I won’t lie, I am pro-therapy. Hands down. Yes, I also take meds for my disorders too, but I don’t believe meds are a magic bullet. I have learned and developed so many coping skills through therapy that I would have never encountered otherwise. This alone is why I preach it. Aside from that, it’s pretty awesome to have a safe space to vent for an hour.

If you can afford it or have the coverage for it, please take full advantage of it by finding the right therapist for you. The right person is worth their weight in gold. I promise.

If you can’t get a therapist, find someone that honestly knows how to hold space for you. Someone trustworthy that knows how to allow you to vent, explore your feelings, problem solve, AND hold you accountable for your shit. This is a really tall order. Huge actually. It’s why therapists get paid so much to be honest.

Some social workers and spiritual leaders can also provide this service as well. You may even be lucky enough to have a friend or family member that can do this, but be sure that confidentiality is honored. If so, cherish this person and take very good care of them. Return the energy in some way when you can.

Do You have any Self-Care Activity Ideas to Suggest?

Based on the theme of this card, do you have any additional ideas for self-care activities to suggest? I would love to hear them in the comments below!

~ Legacy of the Divine Tarot by Ciro Marchetti (Illustrator and Author) © 2009
~ Credit for 3D model and assets used in this rendered image can be found here.

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