Ten of Swords Tarot Card Meanings and Combinations
Air, analytical thought and intellect. Suit of challenges.
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Ten of Swords Tarot Card Meanings
The prostrate figure of a man beneath ten illuminated Swords that dominate the scene, tends to suggest they have beaten him into submission as they bear down upon him. In the darkened sky birds fly away from the scene, as a deer tentatively observes from a distance.
The Ten of Swords concludes the numbered pips from the suit of challenges, culminating in an ending with a sense of being defeated. Plans may fail to materialise or become ruined and the emotional compass is not set to happy mode.
There can be a natural inclination to try to polish over 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 all our plans or endeavours will succeed or have the happy outcome we hope for when we first set off; the Ten of Swords can act as an early warning system when things are heading in the wrong direction and provides the opportunity to alter course.
If reversed, can bring recovery or temporary improvement with a passing advantage, although it may bring some immediate relief use the opportunity wisely as it will be fleeting. Some see it as a refusal to accept the inevitable.
Ten of Swords Tarot Card Combinations
Two of Wands > Ten of Swords: Initial plans lead to a dead end. A disappointing ending to a joint venture.
Seven of Cups > Two of Swords > Ten of Swords: "He who hesitates..." You may find a decision is taken out of your hands due to hesitancy.
Ten of Swords > Four of Cups: Defeated or ruined plans may leave you feeling deflated. In the opposite order...
Four of Cups > Ten of Swords: A disappointing ending potentially due to indifference and lack of interest; missed opportunities.
Nine of Pentacles > Ten of Swords > Five of Pentacles: loss of financial position, try to take preventative measures, financial misfortunes.
Ten of Swords > The Hermit > Strength: Drawing courage and strength from wisdom and reflection following a disappointing ending, the opportunity to learn from failed plans with a better understanding and the endurance of quiet determination moving forward.
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