Sasha Graham’s Tarot Card a Day Blog – The Nine of Swords

The Nine of Swords


Have you ever found yourself wide-awake at night when you should be sleeping? Your mind running in circles over a problem or person who is bothering you? Caught in a mind spiral –you can’t get away from yourself. The last thing you can do is sink into a comfortable sleep – even though you are wishing, praying, begging for it.

This sleepless situation is the essence of the Nine of Swords!

Swords in Tarot represent the mind, thoughts and intellectuality. The number Nine means the end of a cycle is near. Good news – but position Nine on the Tree of Life is Foundation – the place where everything gets funneled. The Nine of Swords is a very hardcore place to be in.

I have an interesting exercise for you if the Nine of Swords plagues you one sleepless night.

My family moves to a spooky old farmhouse every summer. My husband was away last week. Around midnight, every noise, thump, bug at the window was a ghost, a murderer – a crazed hillbilly ready to make me his mountain bride. It was humid, I was sweating buckets, couldn’t sleep to save my life. I became the woman pictured on the Nine of Swords.

A thought occurred to me. What if I tried to live in the moment while I was falling asleep? I’m trying to be present in my waking life, release my ego, centering myself through a yoga practice. I’d never tried doing any of that stuff while falling asleep.

How would I do this? I began to focus my mind’s eye on my body from the inside out. I focused on my breath. If you focus on your breathing – it takes attention away from your thoughts. I started to feel space open up inside me. I began to think about what I was grateful for. The next thing I knew – it was morning!

The next time you find yourself pulling out your hair at 2am, try these steps.

1. Focus on the present.

2. Focus on your breathing

3. Make a mental list of all the things you are grateful for

4. Use your minds eye to examine your body – like a scientist.

See what happens.

You may find yourself in dreamland before you know it!



  1. Vevek said,

    July 9, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    I have read & understood zodiac signs & to an extent numerology but the tarot still eludes me. For a person whose thinking about occult as many call it is in fact derived logic built on inferences in absence of empirical evidence. Just beginning my journey to understanding of tarot.
    Thanks for your guidance

  2. July 9, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    “a crazed hillbilly ready to make me his mountain bride” – this line made me crack up. But I know exactly what you mean. When I’m in Greenwood Lake by myself late at night I swear any noise I hear is the zombies from Night of the Living Dead coming to get me or some serial killer. That’s what I get for watching so many horror movies.

  3. tarotgirl said,

    July 9, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    Vevek, I’m happy I could be of help. The journey though Tarot is a life changing one.

  4. tarotgirl said,

    July 9, 2008 at 11:58 pm

    Debbie, want to hear the biggest irony? I used to be an actress and starred in over fifteen low budget horror films. Now, I wouldn’t watch a scary movie if you paid me. I get too freaked out. Ha!

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