Hanson-Roberts Nine of SwordsThe Nine of Swords from the Hanson-Roberts Tarot is the card for today. This is a card that, in my experience, brings quite a lot of tension and anxiety to those who see it. The Hanson-Roberts Tarot is very much based on the traditional Rider-Waite. The illustrations of Mary Hanson-Roberts are a bit softer and have an ethereal quality to them. This actually goes a long way to soften the Nine of Swords without sacrificing any of the poignant message.

The suit of Swords is all about intense thought and emotion. This particular card typically represents depression or fear, but I tend to see it a bit differently. You see, often in life we are in places that the negative energies and fears that are literally keeping us up at night are of our own creation. In this card you see the swords are facing away from the figure. These are thoughts that she is creating and fears that she is sending out into the Universe. The problem here is that these problems and fears may or may not actually exist, but because they are being so frequently sent out, these are exactly the things that are being manifested in her life. This is called the law of attraction. All things in life begin as thoughts. This card is a reminder, to me, to be mindful of the thoughts I allow myself to think and what I send out into the Universe.

The Swords are a powerful suit and many of the cards in this suit remind us that our thoughts and fears and hopes and how we handle them do, in fact, very directly affect our lives. If we only focus on those things that we fear and hate, those are the things that we will continually see more of in our lives. This card is a powerful reminder that despair only brings more despair and ultimately can harm us. The double-side of the sword also suggests that this is a double-sided thing. We can manifest the exact opposite because we have the choice of what we focus on. It’s not always easy, but we can, in fact, choose to refocus our thoughts onto those things we desire rather than those things we don’t want.

As you meditate on this card today think of the things in your life. Are you manifesting those things you don’t want by focusing only on them? Are you being ruled by your fears? What about your hopes? Where are they? Focus on them. Focus on gratitude. See how things begin to change.

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