Ten of Swords Tarot Card Meanings & Combinations
Air, analytical thought and intellect. Suit of challenges.
Keywords and Phrases:
Disappointing ending, failed plans.
Ten of Swords Tarot Card Meanings
The Ten of Swords concludes the numbered pips from the suit of challenges, culminating in an ending with a sense of disappointment. Plans may fail to materialise or become ruined and the emotional compass is not set to happy mode.
There can be a temptation to try to dress up the less positive cards in a reading, possibly to make the seeker feel better or because we don’t like to be the bearer of less than joyful tidings, but life is made up of a whole spectrum of colours across the scale, and the Ten of Swords sits in the darker section. Not everything in life is set to succeed or have the happy outcome we hope for when we first set off. In future positions the Ten of Swords can warn in advance and provides the opportunity to alter course or avoid a particular situation that is destined to fail.
The Ten of Swords brings an ending and closes a cycle but if you’re looking for the new beginning look for the Aces, or The Fool, to see where a new one begins.
If reversed, temporary gains or improvement, a passing advantage, recovery, although it may bring some immediate relief use the opportunity wisely as it will be fleeting
Similar or supporting cards: Death (final ending) The Tower (ruin, though usually more unexpected)
Opposing or contradictory cards: The Sun (happiness) The World (success) all the Aces (and The Fool) represent new beginnings.
Ten of Swords Tarot Card Combinations:
In simple lines the Ten is easiest to read in the central position, as the first card shows what is coming to an end and the card following to show how matters move forward afterwards.
Multiple Tens in a reading indicate completion.
> Eight of Cups: time to move on and call it a day.
Ace of Cups > Ten of Swords: over almost before it’s had time to begin.
The Fool > Ten of Swords: Don’t take the risk it leads to a disappointing ending.
Ace of Wands > Ten of Swords: This will not work out as you hoped, despite high excitement this could burn out quickly and end in disappointment.
Seven of Wands > Ten of Swords: failure, fighting something you ultimately can’t win.
Nine of Pentacles > Ten of Swords > Five of Pentacles: loss of financial position, could be substantial, take preventative measures, financial misfortunes.
> The Star: things will improve with time and something better is waiting on the horizon.
Three of Swords > Ten of Swords: escalating problem, serious quarrel that leads to separation and brings matters to a close.
> The Sun: consider whatever ends as a blessing in disguise as matters turn around quickly, the silver lining.
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