Nine of Swords
There is an old occult practice known as black mirror scrying, the use of a dark surface to stimulate the creative aspect of the imagination to trigger inner visions.
We’ve all had those terrifying childhood experiences when we could see figures or movement lurking in the darkness of our bedrooms. Is that my dressing gown hanging behind the door, or an old hunched man ready to pounce and drag me under the bed? Don’t move, he’ll see you, grab your arm and pull you towards his heavy wool cloak.
This is exactly the energy of this challenging card. For we never really lose this unwanted gift, the ability to see our deepest fears within the backdrop of the lonely hours, when our worst fears come out to play with our imagination.
Within this lovely version of the Nine of Swords, we see a young child lost in the deepest forest full of fear and anxiety. He interprets every sound as an ominous creature lurking in the shadows, he imagines the trees have bony fingers ready to poke him on his wide-eyed face.
The message today is attempting to reach out towards your childhood bedroom and switch the light on and banish those monsters for good. Like your mother said, it will look different in the morning. Just close your eyes and think of something nice. She was right, for the fuel of the imagination is attention. Any child will tell you if you stare at a stuffed animal long enough, it will start to breathe and come to life! No matter how terrible or horrific your problems may seem, they are never as bad as your imagination will try to convince you.
If we give attention to our fears, then eventually they will begin to grow and break free from the darkest rooms of our imagination into the dimensions of our reality. Don’t feed the monster in your mind, bring your awareness to a more positive mindset and let your fears wither away from the branches that created them.