Ten of Swords – less scary than it looks
The Ten of Swords can be a scary card. If this one turns up in your reading, try to overlook the graphic image. Keep in mind that this card forecasts closure: the end of a particular way of thinking, the “death” of negativity, or the conclusion of a disconcerting issue in your life. The card may mean the end of worries or fears, for example, in which case it heralds happiness and relief.
The artwork of the Ten of Swords in the Rider Waite deck is disturbing. It shows a man lying on the ground and bleeding from being stabbed in the back by ten long swords. Despite this ominous image, however, the card itself has many qualities.
For example, we see calm waters and dawn breaking on the horizon. Therefore, the Ten of Swords is a card of a fresh start and of hope.
Swords in a reading often have to do with communication and decision-making. Swords also stand for consciousness, the mind, and the intellect.
Tens, meanwhile, indicate completion. Like the zero or circle at the end of the number, ten shows a cycle that is complete. So tens represent order and perfection.
When this card appears in a negative position in your reading, it may mean you’ve been badly treated. If so, it’s cautioning you to let go and move on, rather than plotting revenge. It could be saying it’s time to stop obsessing or arguing with yourself or someone else and to end the drama. The Tarot is telling you to look at your own thoughts; to evaluate the mental world you’re creating.
More frequently, however, the Ten of Swords can be a positive sign. Some kind of completion is on the horizon. So relax, let go, and enjoy the new beginning!
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