Drawing 8 Of Swords Card And 9 Of Swords Tarot Cards Together | What Do They Mean When Together? | A Complete Guide

  • By: Reece
  • Date: 15 December 2022
  • Time to read: 9 min.

A key aspect of reading your own tarot is interpreting cards. For a beginner interpreting a single card can be fine, as there are plenty of resources to help you out, however interpreting two or more can be very tricky.

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However, if you have been practising single card readings for a while a 2 card spread will be a great introduction into reading multiple cards.

As you’ve found this page, you’re probably wondering how to interpret the 8 Of Swords card and 9 Of Swords card together in particular.

The 8 Of Swords card and 9 Of Swords have unique qualities and will interact with each other in different ways depending on what kind of reading you are doing.

What does 8 Of Swords and 9 Of Swords mean together?

The 8 Of Swords and The 9 Of Swords tarot cards together represent the restrictions we place on ourselves, out of fear and the grief and depression that come from that. They remind us that we are our own worst enemies, and that isolating ourselves from the world, or allowing our anxieties to consume us, prevents us from living our best lives. The 8 Of Swords teaches us that liberation begins within, while The 9 Of Swords reminds us that this process of liberation can be challenging and painful. Together, they are a reminder that it is up to us to recognize our fears and break away from our self-imposed prison.

The meaning may differ depending on what you are asking. Here are some common questions and their possible meanings

What does 8 Of Swords and 9 Of Swords mean together for your love life?

The 8 of Swords and 9 of Swords tarot cards can be a challenging combination to interpret when it comes to matters of the heart. The 8 of Swords tarot card speaks of isolation, self-imposed restrictions and imprisonment, while the 9 of Swords tarot card speaks of nightmares, anxiety, grief, and depression. This combination can point to a feeling of stuckness or trapped in a relationship, not being able to freely express yourself, feeling caged in and limited.

This combination could also be indicative of a situation where you are in a relationship that is full of anxiety, doubt, fear, and anguish. There may be feelings of being smothered or controlled within the relationship, where one partner is restricting the other from expressing their true feelings or desires. This could be a result of feeling betrayed or let down in the past, and now being unable to trust that it won’t happen again.

At the same time, this combination can also speak to a situation where you may be too controlling, or overly anxious in your relationship, resulting in a feeling of imprisonment or being trapped in your own mind. You may be causing yourself a great deal of worry and anguish as a result of these anxious thoughts, or be over-reacting to situations or emotions in the relationship.

If you find yourself in a situation like this, it is important to take a step back and evaluate if the relationship is really the best course of action for you. Is the relationship leaving you feeling restricted, anxious, or betrayed? If so, it may be a good idea to assess the situation, and consider if it is worth continuing on this path. It may be necessary to take a break and explore your feelings, or even end the relationship altogether.

What does 8 Of Swords and 9 Of Swords mean together for your finances?

The 8 Of Swords and The 9 Of Swords tarot cards together suggest that financial issues may be looming or on the horizon. This combined card reading may represent a feeling of limitation, disappointment, caution, or even fear. It could indicate that you are feeling hemmed in financially, possibly due to debt or an inability to move up the financial ladder. It could also suggest that there are personal or professional restrictions holding you back from achieving your financial goals.

The combination of these two cards sets off alarm bells related to mental health and emotional wellbeing. It could indicate that stress, fear, and worry may be overwhelming, leading to feelings of despair and hopelessness. The fear of the unknown and lack of control can weigh heavily on your finances and job. You may feel like you are in a prison of your own making and unable to break free.

There might be a feeling of being trapped in an unsolvable dilemma, whether that be a financial struggle, a dead-end job, or a combination of both. The darkness of the 9 Of Swords could be highlighting a struggle with depression, fear of failure, or fear of the future.

The 8 Of Swords and the 9 Of Swords tarot card together serve as a warning sign to not let these feelings of despondency and lack of control get the better of you. It may be necessary to take a step back and take some time to consider a different approach. Is it necessary to cut back on spending, save more, or look for ways to make more money? Even if it doesn’t seem possible, it is important to remember that there is always a way to move forward and achieve success.

What does 8 Of Swords and 9 Of Swords mean together for your health?

The 8 Of Swords and The 9 Of Swords, when seen together in a tarot card reading, indicate a period of intense emotional, psychological, and physical restrictions. In this period, an individual is likely to feel cut off from the rest of the world, trapped in a mental prison of their own making. They may be plagued by feelings of anxiety, sadness, and despair, haunted by recurring nightmares and overwhelmed by feelings of guilt and helplessness. The combination of these two cards underscores the fact that this is a difficult and introspective journey that the individual must take.

The 8 Of Swords warns us to be aware of our own limitations and to resist the urge to blame the external world for our struggles. We must take responsibility for our own mental health and make the necessary changes to our thoughts and behaviors to create a healthier, more free-feeling life. The 9 Of Swords, in turn, offers a message of hope, reminding us that our nightmares and distress can be worked through, and that a brighter future is possible.

It is important to remember that these two cards do not mean that our lives are destined to be dominated by fear and despair. Instead, they emphasize the importance of taking control of our own mental health and seeking professional help if needed. We can recognize the card’s message and begin to take the necessary steps towards emotional stability and self-empowerment. With the courage to face our own struggles and the determination to do the work, we can break through our self-imposed imprisonment and find a place of peace.

The meaning of the cards will depend on what kind of reading you are doing and the question you asked the deck. This is a guide covering the general meanings of the cards and how they relate to each other.

Common 2-card spreads

Whilst it’s great to know who these two cards interact with each other, it’s important to note that the meaning will depend on the context of your spread

The most common 2 card spreads I recommend to newer readers are:

  • The 2 card cross (otherwise known as “The Fool’s Journey”)
  • The 2 card “Yes or No”

“The Fool’s Journey”

Setup: The two card cross is where you place two cards face up, one placed vertically and with one laying horizontally over

Interpretation: The 2 cards represent a “situation” and a “challenge”. The first card will describe the situation you are in with the second horizontal card being the “challenge” crossing you (literally crossing you in this case!)

Reading: Using the overviews in this guide is a great way to start. First, look at the meanings of the 2 cards, and see how they might relate either as your “situation” or “challenge”. Once you have that you can look at the general overview for how the two cards interact with each other.

The benefit of this spread is that it can give clarity when you’re feeling uncertain or anxious. Once you have clarity of thought, and a strong idea of what your challenge is you can find solutions to help your situation

The 2 card “Yes or No”

Setup: The 2 card “Yes or No” is where you place two cards face up side by side, whilst asking your deck a “yes or no” question.

Interpretation: Each card in a tarot deck has a “yes” or a “no” meaning. Look at the meanings of each card, and you will have your answer.

The benefit of this is you get a stronger yes or no compared to a single card draw. You may find you often get a mix of “yes or no”, and this is fine. It simply means there is doubt, or things are not yet clear.

Yes or No meaning

Both 8 Of Swords and 9 Of Swords mean “No”. If you are asking a direct question, then be under no illusions, the answer is a negative one. If you draw 8 Of Swords and 9 Of Swords the answer to your question is “NO”.

The “Yes” and “No” meanings can differ from reader to reader. The meanings here are based on what I believe are the generally accepted definitions.

What does 8 Of Swords mean?

The 8 of Swords Tarot card can represent a wide variety of challenges in health, finances and relationships. When it comes to health, this card warns us that we might be restricting ourselves and our well-being in some way. We could be isolating ourselves from seeking necessary medical attention, or even denying ourselves the proper nutrition and exercise that would otherwise help us stay healthy. We may also find ourselves mentally blocked, finding it difficult to face our own challenges and actively work towards a healthier state.

In terms of finances, this card can mean that we are limiting ourselves in some way. We may be too frugal and restrict our spending, leaving us vulnerable to debt and financial troubles. We might be trapped in a financial pattern, such as a job we no longer enjoy, and unable to break away in order to pursue our true ambitions.

For relationships, this card can mean we are emotionally trapped in some way. We may be restricting ourselves from connecting with others, turning away from potential relationships, or holding on too tightly to old relationships and preventing ourselves from evolving. We may also be stuck in unhealthy patterns with others, afraid to move forward or take a risk.

Overall, The 8 of Swords Tarot card is a reminder to break out of self-imposed restrictions, and to open ourselves to new possibilities in all aspects of life. With some courage and determination, we can break the bonds that are holding us back and find freedom in our health, finances and relationships.

What does 9 Of Swords mean?

Health: Physically, the Nine of Swords Tarot card may represent bad health or illness due to worry, fear and stress. Mental health wise, this card may represent depression, anxiety, insomnia and nightmares. All these can lead to a lack of energy, a lack of motivation, feeling out of control and even suicidal thoughts. If this card appears in a reading it is important to take a break and take care of oneself.

Finances: The Nine of Swords tarot card may indicate a time of financial hardship due to anxiety, worries, and fear. It could indicate overwhelming debt or a lack of resources. It suggests that one is focusing on the worst-case scenario and is unable to see the better future ahead. In this situation one should seek professional financial advice and make meaningful changes to their own spending habits.

Relationships: The Nine of Swords may represent a relationship that is overshadowed by fear and worry. It can signify a lack of trust and communication, as well as feelings of insecurity and anxiety. It suggests that one should take a step back and examine the relationship to determine if there is a way to move forward. It may also suggest one should seek outside help to help come to terms with their fear and worries related to the relationship.


Understanding how the meaning of a reading changes once you start involving more than one card can be tricky. This will come with time and practice, however I hope this guide on what your cards might be telling you when you draw 8 Of Swords and 9 Of Swords has helped you.

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