Cards combination description

High arcan Devil and low arcan Nine of Swords and low arcan Eight of Swords combination - feeling locked-in or trapped by despair, take action to avoid things escalating (The Devil, Five of Cups, and The Moon may also feature).
Devil tarot card

Card 1 - Devil

This card shows the Devil represented in his most well-known satyr form, otherwise known as Baphomet. Along with being half goat and half man, the devil has bat wings and an inverted pentagram on his forehead. He is standing on a pedestal, to which are chained a nude man and woman, as if to show that he has dominion over them. Both the man and the woman have horns, as if to show that the more time they spend with the Devil, the less human they become. The chains make it appear as though the devil has taken them captive. The man has a flame on his tail while a woman has a bowl of grapes on her tail, which symbolizes their addiction to power and finer things in life, respectively.  Looking closely, both the man and the woman don t look happy.  Their individual power has been taken from them, leaving them exposed and ashamed in their nakedness.

Associations:

Similar or supporting cards:
Ten of Wands (feeling weighed down) Nine of Swords (stress and anxiety) Eight of Swords (feeling trapped and restricted) all the secrecy cards (Moon, Five of Swords, High Priestess)

Opposing or contradictory cards:
Temperance (moderation) The Star (hope and optimism)

Devil combinations
Watch for the cards that surround The Devil, the clearest indication of what the problem concerns usually comes from the card that precedes it.   In simple lines or small groups, watch for Five of Swords and The Devil, or The Devil and The Moon, surrounding and either side of another card as it’s usually a sign of deception and dishonesty – the central card would indicate the area of concern. There are too many combinations to list here but those below provide a small flavour of possibilities... 

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Nine of Swords tarot card

Card 2 - Nine of Swords

The Nine of Swords depicts a woman that is sitting on her bed while she holds her head in her hands. It appears as though the woman has just awakened from a very bad nightmare. She seems to be upset, anxious and fearful. Nine swords are hanging on her wall, and a carving that depicts a person defeated by another can be found in her bed. The quilt has been decorated with various astrological symbols and roses. Here we see the same woman in that we saw earlier in the Eight of Swords - and perhaps, she was finally released, but haunted by the nightmares of the suffering she endured while she was left and deserted.

Associations:

Similar or supporting cards:
 Ten of Wands and The Devil (carrying a burden) Five of Cups (sadness and regret) Eight of Swords (trapped by fear)

Opposing or contradictory cards:
The Star (inspiring) Temperance (balanced emotions) Three of Cups (emotional happiness) The Sun (happiness and contentment). 

Nine of Swords combinations
Other cards suggesting stressful conditions would reinforce the worries found in the Nine of Swords if they also appear in a larger spread, such as, Eight of Swords, Nine of Wands, Ten of Wands, The Devil. Ideally, we wish to see a positive result, so the more favourable the card following the better. Look to surrounding cards to see what is causing the concern.

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Eight of Swords tarot card

Card 3 - Eight of Swords

On the Eight of Swords is a woman who is tied up and blindfolded. There are eight swords placed strategically around her in a way that restricts her movement as though she is in some kind of trap or jail. However, it seems as though whoever built the trap was a little lazy or hasty, leaving some open space where she could escape. But because of the blindfold preventing the woman from seeing, she has no way of finding her way out of this trap. The barren land around her might signify a lack of creativity of some sort, while the grey sky in the background can signify despair, since there she feels that there is no hope of her breaking free from the kind of situation that she is bound to. If only she could take the blindfold off, she would see that she could simply just walk out of this situation.

Associations:

Similar or supporting cards:
Two of Swords (stalemate) Hanging Man (suspension) The Devil (entrapment). 

Opposing or contradictory cards:
Justice (balanced thought and logic) The Chariot (focussed thought and exerting will)

Eight of Swords combinations
Depending upon position, see what this card is linked with and the order they’re presented, ideally we look for a card following to show what could release the situation. Usually the card preceding will show the root of the problem.

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