Card meanings: ten of swords


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Meaning: Live by the word, die by the sword. This is the undoing of a person. In extremely rare cases it may be the assault of an innocent; but as this is the summation of a life sworn to the fair and impartial virtues of the sword, the fait accompli visited upon this person is usually somehow apropos. This card is not a judgment on a person. It is an action befalling them, but this card rarely comes out when it has not been earned. For complete information on this card including how to use it to manifest your desires please try out a copy of The Easiest Way to Learn the Tarot—EVER!!

 

Ten of Swords — Rider Deck Blue Box Ten of Swords : Description: Under a dismal coal-black sky of clouds, so thick they completely block out any sunshine or happiness, a man lies in his own blood, impaled by ten swords, all of which were conveniently delivered to his back. It seems that his past deeds have finally caught up to him. Too bad for his attackers; he left a clue to their identity.

Something happened to this man. Something forceful, sudden, and with enough will and determination to change his life forever. Thus the energy of this card is unmistakably cardinal.
Prime elements at work in this card

  • Number: Ten. Endings and evolution. System reset. Results. Even
  • Suit: Swords. Violence, deception, rage, betrayal, hidden enemies, injuries
  • Direction: West. Revenge, mob justice, retaliation. Early evening
  • Element: Air. Change, storms, “clearing the air,” death rattle, character assassination

Traditional meaning: Live by the word, die by the sword. This is the undoing of a person. In extremely rare cases it may be the assault of an innocent; but as this is the summation of a life sworn to the fair and impartial virtues of the sword, the fait accompli visited upon this person is usually somehow apropos. This card is not a judgment on a person. It is an action befalling them, but this card rarely comes out when it has not been earned. In the case where it has honestly not been (earned karmically), this represents the analogous “death of a thousand cuts” or slightly less known, but more appropriate, “curse of inconvenience.” The old saying that starts with, “Ever have one of those days . . .?” This card indicates one of those days (or weeks, months . . .) where it just seems like any tiny thing that can be an annoyance suddenly decides that you look like the perfect target for their aggression. In this case, the actual damage is much less than in other interpretations of this card (see above), but the real and complete damage is the incessant pin-pricking to the point of throwing you into a frenzy of anger and carelessness so that you ended up doing incalculable damage to yourself and your future, especially in ways that you cannot see.

Additionally: Absolute betrayal, financial ruin, treachery, overthrow by many hands. All of these may be physical or emotional, and they may apply to situations, as well as people (e.g., the sudden, ugly ending of a covenant, relationship, or business). Finally, this card may indicate chronic back pain or back surgery.

Traditional reversed meaning: Dodging the bullet. Danger passes so close by that you can feel the breeze of it passing. Making an “impossible” recovery from certain “death” (physical, financial, etc.). Resurrection.

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