What does a card of Ten mean in Tarot spreads?
These cards testify to the integrity, completeness, breadth of the soul. As the last number cards of each suit, tens do complete the row. Sometimes they are interpreted as the achievement and embodiment of what the Aces promised. Sometimes the Tens seem to warn that excess is not always beneficial.
Key words and phrases: Finish. Completion of the cycle. The ending. Summarizing. Ideal. Consistency. Regeneration. Transformation. Revival. A group of people. Family. Community. Time for new beginnings. The end of one cycle and the beginning of another. The former will be the last and the latter will be the first. You have gone too far now.
The Tens mean satiety, ending, waning.
Corresponding Major Arcana card: Wheel of Fortune.
Situation and advice: The number ten is associated with the Wheel of Fortune, the planet Pluto, which rules Scorpio and the eighth house. Pluto is the planet of death, birth and transformation. In any cycle, a period of growth and decline is replaced by a new period of growth. Like the Wheel of Fortune in the Major Arcana, Pluto speaks of the big changes that fate is preparing.
The Tens in Tarot mean maximum achievements in the area that is being described by this suit.
On the one hand, a number of ten is the ultimate goal of all energy, of all creation, but on the other hand, it is completely cut off from the “world of formation”, where everything is mobile and flexible.
Ten of Wands
Ten of Wands Key words: burden, obligations, many opportunities, duties, responsibility.
In a reversed position: physical fatigue, depression, tyranny, submission.
Remember what prospects the Ace of Wands promised? It looked like other opportunities followed, and either looked too attractive to pass up, or some came with obligations and debts. The Ten of Wands symbolizes the excess of the good. All projects are desirable or necessary, but there are too many of them. Some will have to be abandoned, otherwise you can lose or spoil all the rest.
On the card, we see a person that has a difficult burden of his responsibilities. This card is very symbolic for our time. We take on so much trying to do all the tasks. We think that if we can hold out until the weekend (or vacation, or the end of the reporting period), we can finally relax. But the weekend is coming and the congestion continues.
In a Tarot spread, the Ten of Wands can be a sign that you are taking too much on yourself. If your days are an endless circle of responsibilities and tasks, then you need to unload for your health and well-being. Try to shorten your to-do list and focus on what you enjoy. If your work has consumed you, you need to balance it with other activities.
The Ten of Wands can indicate that a great responsibility will be entrusted to you. You can be hung with a huge bag of tasks, or unfairly made to answer for what you did not do. On the other hand, you may need to voluntarily take responsibility, because you are the only one who can do it.
The Ten of Wands indicates that your life will be tougher than usual for some time. You have to fight for every little win. Each step will feel like a struggle. When you see this card, be kind to yourself. Lighten the load wherever you can and let others help you. You don’t have to deal with everything yourself.
Ten of Cups
Ten of Cups Key words: family, home comfort, optimism, support, calmness, peace, sanctuary, joy, happiness, deep affection.
In a reversed position: family disputes, quarrels, unhappiness under the guise of normality, separation, unfulfilled promises, betrayal.
A prosperous family, full of hopes and dreams for the future, enjoys its own happiness. The Ten of Cups symbolizes the highest expression of love between members of the same family or close friends.
Thanks to its suit, Cups, the card speaks more about emotional connections and relationships between people, surpassing the Ten of Pentacles in this. The sense of security in such a relationship allows you to feel comfortable everywhere.
On the Ten of Cups, we see a couple in love with their carefree children, a house, a rainbow, a picture of real happiness. A cynic might scoff at this romantic painting, but I see it as a symbol of what our emotional life can be. The feelings presented here are an ideal that is within the reach of each of us.
First, let’s remember joy. Joy goes beyond happiness, contentment, pleasure. This feeling comes when we know at the deepest level that we are one with all that exists, and this is good. Unfortunately, too often, we are blinded by life’s trials and overwhelmed by it’s challenges. However, joy exists and it is our birthright.
Peace is another aspect of the Ten of Cups. The serenity that comes when all the elements are in harmony. There is an inner world and an outer world that are reflections of each other. When you are in harmony with yourself, you experience harmony in all of your surroundings. When you see the Ten of Cups, know that the animosity around you has ended. If there is a struggle going on around you, it will stop. If you are at war with yourself, you can find peace.
In a Tarot spread, this card often signals the time of abundant blessings. It tells you that you can achieve the satisfaction that you deserve and it will come to you. Look for ways to realize joy and create peace. You can find the key to happiness in your family. If your family is in trouble right now, work to restore harmony. It’s time for more intimacy.
Ten of Swords
Ten of Swords Key words: defeat, end, catastrophe, loss, ruins, termination of the struggle, surrender to the will of fate, lowered hands, admission of defeat.
In a reversed position: melodrama, refusal to let go of the situation, denial.
There is an ancient saying: “You cannot always win”. The Ten of Swords reflects circumstances where victory is impossible. Despite desperate efforts, even if one of the parties is “right”, there will be no victory in this situation.
Continuing to fight will only waste your strength. Like all tens that are the completion of Aces, this card carries with it the birth of a new Ace. The light in the distance is both sunset and sunrise at the same time. The time for this battle is over. Get up, shake yourself, start a new day.
The Ten of Swords seems like a card of terrible misfortune, but surprisingly, it often presents problems that are more melodramatic than real. The person on this card has many swords in his back. Isn’t one enough? Isn’t ten too many? Perhaps this gentleman’s suffering, although sincere, is also exaggerated.
One of the meanings of the Ten of Swords is to fall to the very bottom. When one disaster follows another, we feel empty at first, but eventually we raise our hands and laugh. Everything is so bad that it’s even funny! Usually in films at such moments, the hero says: “what else can go wrong?”, and we know that this is a signal that a bucket of water will fall on his head or something else will happen. When you see the Ten of Swords, know that your last bucket has already fallen on your head, and you can expect a turn for the better.
This card can also indicate that you are in a victim state. You are sure that the whole world is picking on you just to make your life difficult. I don’t know about you, but I often saw people who said something like: “Do you think everything is bad with you? Look at my back with ten swords in it!!!”. And it even becomes embarrassing for us to communicate with such people, because we have a feeling of guilt that everything is bad with them, while everything seems to be normal with us. When people have a victim mentality, they think everything is terrible, hopeless, and incredibly unfair.
Being a martyr is also a favorite theme of the Ten of Swords. This is the case when a man says to his partner, who is going to a bachelorette party: “no, no, you can go … Have fun. Don’t think about me. I’ll just stay at home with ten swords in my back … but I want you to have fun”. In this sense, being a martyr is not the same as sacrificing for the sake of another without any conditions.
Just don’t think that I am frivolous about adversity, because, of course, there are many real tragedies in the world. Sometimes the Ten of Swords indicates a sad event, and you always know exactly when it happens, and in these moments there is not even a hint of laughter or joke. Still, most of the time, the Ten of Swords has a softer interpretation. But in any case, the Ten of Swords is a sign that things will now go for the better. Do not expect a rapid upward leap, but definitely expect improvements.
Ten of Pentacles
long term success
Ten of Pentacles Key words: stable family, security, wealth, prosperity, support, roots, plans for the future, balanced and healthy life.
In a reversed position: constant comparison of oneself with others, insecurity, pretense, domestic problems, debts, family problems.
The Ten of Pentacles promises not only prosperity and comfort, but also spirituality, enlightenment, the fullness of life with meaning. The family has roots, the legacy of previous generations, which may be financial, which is not necessary, but may represent traditions and moral values.
The family has a future, so they carefully guard their resources and manage them wisely. Together they look back with pride and confidently walk into the future.
On many cards, we see a cluster of buildings in the distance. At the Ten of Pentacles, we finally arrive there. The family we see is doing day to day business. The patriarch, dressed in luxurious attire, pats his dogs as he watches the younger generation. The man and woman are talking, and their child is playing next to them.
Ten of Pentacles symbolizes the highest worldly and material success. One of the Tarot teachers jokingly calls her “the fat cat” because it reminds her of the aura of prosperity that surrounds wealthy men and women in the business world. This is the card we want to see when we are wondering how our business will turn out. Wealth and prosperity like that comes to us.
When we achieve material success, we naturally want it to last. This is the conservative, established side of the Ten of Pentacles. Why rock the boat when life is beautiful the way it is? Fat cats are rarely radical, they love tradition and proven paths. It is sometimes important to trust proven methods, but only when changes are not practical.
The Ten of Pentacles is also associated with persistence. Change is an inevitable part of life, but constant change is uncomfortable. We need stability and a chance to work on a solid foundation in life. In a Tarot spread, this card may advise you to focus on the long term goals. Working towards a lasting solution. Now may be a time to calm down and take action that will work for you far into the future.