Nine of Swords :-

 

 

Cruelty : Mars : Gemini

One seated on her couch in lamentation, with the swords over her. She is as one who knows no sorrow which is like unto hers. It is a card of utter desolation.
Death, failure, miscarriage, delay, deception, disappointment, despair.
Additional meanings:
An ecclesiastic, a priest; generally, a card of bad omen.
Reversed
Imprisonment, suspicion, doubt, reasonable fear, shame.
Additional Meanings:
Good ground for suspicion against a doubtful person.
The Nine of Swords is called Cruelty.
Cruelty means the state of being cruel. In law, the conduct of a spouse that causes mental harm or physical suffering.
The Nine of Swords shows that the continued dissociated thinking from the Eight of Swords results in gloom, despondency and despair. We are all doomed to suffering and sorrow. Everything is death and decay.
Here the original disruption inherent in Swords is raised to its highest power. The card is ruled by Mars in Gemini; it is agony of mind. The Ruach (Spirit) consumes itself in this card; thought has gone through every possible stage, and the conclusion is despair.
This card has been very adequately drawn by Thomson in “The City of Dreadful Night”. It is always a cathedral — -a cathedral of the damned. There is the acrimonious taint of analysis; activity is inherent in the mind, yet there is always the instinctive consciousness that nothing can lead anywhere.
Lord of Despair and Cruelty
A move, such as a change of residence, or the intercession of a courier. An expected gift arrives, for good.
An Ecclesiastic, A Priest, Conscience, Probity, Good Faith, Integrity.
Reversed
Wise distrust, Suspicion, Fear, Doubt, Shady character.
Unmarried Person, Virginity, Abbott, Priest, Monk, Hermit, Religious Person, Temple, Church, Monastery, Convent, Hermitage, Sanctuary. Cult, Religion, Piety, Devotion, Rite, Ceremony, Ritual. Cloistered Person, Anchorite, Vestal Virgin.
Reversed
Justified Mistrust, Justified Suspicion, Reasonable Fear, Misgiving, Doubt, Conjecture. Scruple, Troubled Conscience, Innocent, Timidity, Propriety. Disgrace, Shame.
TRADITION
A bachelor, priest, clergyman, hermit; monastic order, monastery, church; religion or cult; devotion, rite, ritual, ceremony. Another version says: “Death, failure, miscarriage, delay, deception, disappointment, despair.” (W.) Reversed: Justified doubt, fear or mistrust, scruple, shame, imprisonment; timidity, pudor.
CONCLUSION
Dogma, dogmatism, ecclesiastic spirit, scholastic mind, creed, rite, ritual, ceremonial. The persons representing these. Hard judgment, orthodoxy, rigid attitude of mind, asceticism. Intolerance, inquisition. The ‘fear of God’ may well be turned into hatred of mankind. In weak cases, there may be swearing, atheism, agnosticism, shyness, miscarriage, shame, false evidence given, error of judgment. In strong cases, the mind is scrupulous, conscientious, and in strict accord with time and fashi