7 Tarot Cards That Represent Anxiety

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Everyone has anxiety on some level. In fact, a normal amount of anxiety is what keeps you safe. You are meant to show anxiety if a car is veering your way or if you see a wild animal on the loose. That is nature’s way of keeping you safe by you exhibiting that fight and flight response. However, the time when anxiety is not normal is if it keeps you from functioning.

In fact, there are different types of anxiety disorders that many people do suffer from as there is not only one. Anxiety disorders often coincide with mental health illnesses such as depression, panic disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Anxiety disorders are mental illnesses that interfere with your day to day activities and life, and they are very hard to control. You feel as if you are in danger all of the time under safe circumstances and you begin to show signs of panic and you feel you are quite unsafe. There are several types of anxiety disorders which include generalized anxiety disorder or GAD, social anxiety disorders which are also known as social phobia, agoraphobia, and other specific phobias.

Any anxiety disorder can start during childhood but can also start later in life, and they can be the result of chemical imbalances and genetic predispositions. Sometimes they can be triggered by something especially if there are phobias involved. The signs of anxiety regardless of the disorder are:

  • Feelings of nervousness, tension, and restlessness

Any type of anxiety disorder if it is not controlled and treated will wreak havoc on your ability to function. However, the good news is that there are treatments available and if you suspect you have an anxiety disorder, then you need to see your doctor as soon as possible. You will need to go for therapy to help with anxiety symptoms as well as medication as your doctor or psychiatrist can prescribe medication that is suitable to treat your anxiety disorder.

However, if you have wondered what tarot cards are fitting for anxiety disorders, there are seven of them that represent any of those conditions. And once you read as to why you will definitely understand how they fit. The seven tarot cards that represent anxiety are:

Temperance Reversed

Temperance is the tarot card that represents moderation, having faith, and patience when it is in its upright position. This is a card that also represents that things are in balance. And when Temperance is in reverse, it literally shows that things are out of balance and this card represents stress and anxiety from that.

There is also a lack of faith when it comes to Temperance in reverse which means there is fear and a lack of faith also causes anxiety. When the Temperance is in reverse, something is most definitely ‘off’. And when you are feeling ‘off’ and out of balance, that brings out plenty of anxiety.

The Moon Reversed

The Moon is a card that represents anything that is hidden and unknown when it is in its upright position. When it is in reverse, it can mean that mysteries have been uncovered, but it also can mean that there is a lot of fear and anxiety as well. The Moon reversed can indicate insomnia, as well as unhappiness, and having dreams that are disturbing.

Therefore, when you are dealing with unhappiness, and you are having bad dreams that are anxiety-inducing, you will struggle to fall back asleep. This will cause you to think too much and worry a lot as well. Overthinking, worrying too much, having nightmares, and struggling to sleep are signs of anxiety.

There could also be deep-seated issues that are causing the anxiety and worsening it as well. Working with a professional as well as a hypnotherapist can help you manage your anxiety and you can learn hacks on how to get a night of better sleep as you relax and unwind before you go to bed.

Nine Of Wands Reversed

The Nine of Wands upright represents perseverance, resilience, persistence, being very close to success even though you are tired. However, when it is in reverse, you are not a risk-taker because you fear you will not make it which are lies told by anxiety. It also represents giving up too soon just after starting something which can be brought on by anxiety.

This card can also represent paranoia by believing that everyone is against you. You may also avoid taking chances on something or going to a particular place due to fear that you will encounter something that will cause you to have an anxiety attack.

Five Of Pentacles

The Five of Pentacles as you are aware represent ill health as well as debts, and poverty. When you are dealing with financial hardships, you will be anxious, understandably so. However, one of the things that people have anxiety over is their finances, even if there is nothing to be anxious about.

I am talking about if you have a secure job, no major debts, and you are living comfortably. However, many of those who have an anxiety disorder can easily fixate on having a lack of money, even if they have millions in the bank. Especially if a large expense comes up, and they can still easily cover it. That is how there is just an undeniable tie to anxiety and finances, even if there is nothing to be concerned about.

Nine Of Swords

The Nine of Swords is the nightmare card. It is the one that represents you being kept up at night by your worries. Therefore, this is one card that represents anxiety disorders quite well. One of the characteristics of anxiety disorders is insomnia and having nightmares. And this is something that happens to those who have any type of anxiety disorder that is unmanaged.

The Tower

The Tower represents breakdowns and crises. This is a fitting card for anxiety attacks that can happen just out of nowhere. Someone with an unmanaged anxiety disorder can be somewhere such as the supermarket or the mall and all of a sudden encounter something that triggers their anxiety.

The next thing they know they are having an attack. And having an anxiety attack in the middle of a public place unexpectedly is most definitely a Tower moment.

The Fool Reversed

The Fool upright is about being ready to take on anything new with an adventurous mindset. You are ready to take on the world and take some risks. The Fool in reverse can mean either being wreckless such as acting before thinking or being fearful to try anything new. The latter interpretation is relevant to anxiety disorders.

Those who have any type of anxiety disorder are fearful of trying anything new as they are terrified of taking any risks. That is because those who have anxiety will do what they can to avoid encountering unfamiliar places due to the fact that the potential of a trigger for an anxiety attack could be there.

You have to keep one thing in mind, and a very important thing to keep in mind. You cannot rely on your tarot cards to determine whether or not you have an anxiety disorder the same way that you cannot do if you suspect you have depression. This post is to help you expand your knowledge of tarot and to feed your curious mind. Because how can you not wonder what tarot cards are associated with anything you face such as anxiety disorders?

The bottom line is if you suspect you have any type of mental health or anxiety disorder, you must go to the doctor to discuss it and to get a referral to a psychiatrist to make an assessment. Then, you will be treated accordingly after the assessment is made. You can definitely use tarot cards in conjunction with therapy for helping you manage any mental health disorder. But don’t rely on the tarot cards themselves. Medical intervention is needed for physical and mental illnesses no matter what.

Originally published at https://miriamreadstarot.com.

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I am a Canadian mom, author, blogger, writer, astrologer, tarot reader, & mental health advocate. Visit to learn more about https://miriamreadstarot.com.

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