Ten of Wands Tarot Card Meanings & Combinations
Fire, male active energy
Keywords and Phrases:
Overburdened, overwhelmed, under pressure.
Ten of Wands Tarot Card Meanings
The Ten of Wands image in the Gilded Tarot shows a man struggling on through the night under the weight of ten wands. He seems determined but the load he carries appears awkward.
The Ten of Wands can indicate feeling under pressure and this may be from taking on too much or feeling that you have too many responsibilities on your shoulders. The card signifies carrying a heavy load that has become a burden, so in future positions it may serve as a warning. For instance, in work situations try to delegate, so you’re not left struggling, or if you have a deadline and extra work seems unavoidable try to plan ahead to alleviate the strain.
In relationship readings it may suggest heavy going where things are becoming a bit one-sided or you feel you’re carrying more than your share. For couples it may indicate additional responsibilities that can become cumbersome to the relationship.
The effects of the Ten of Wands can often be avoided so its presence in a reading can help as a forewarning, but when appearing in present positions it can identify when the client may feel as though they carry the weight of the world on their shoulders.
If reversed or ill-dignified, for some this card represents a worsened situation to the above, but others sometimes see it as a release of same.
Similar or supporting cards: The Devil (weighed down) Eight of Swords (restriction) Five of Pentacles (tough times) Nine of Swords (worries)
Opposing or contradictory cards: Four of Swords (rest) Six of Swords (recovery)
Ten of Wands Tarot Card Combinations:
In combination look for the root, or previous card, to identify the cause of the burden, for instance: -
Five of Pentacles > Ten of Wands: financial burdens, money worries increasing, overwhelmed by debts.
Justice > Ten of Wands: feeling the weight of the law, legal situation dragging you down, read the small print on contracts.
Three of Pentacles > Ten of Wands: overworking, pressure through work. Similarly,
Ten of Wands > Three of Pentacles > The Devil: in short, workaholic.
Ace of Cups > Ten of Wands: relationship may have difficulty getting off the ground or run into problems, however, could also warn what lies ahead in this involvement.
Nine of Wands > Ten of Wands: dogged determination that doesn’t pay off.
Six of Wands > Ten of Wands: promotion that brings heavy responsibilities; is this what you want? (In reverse order hard work pays off)
Nine of Cups > Ten of Wands: careful what you wish for.
Instead, and ideally, a favourable card following the Ten of Wands shows the release and resolution to the problem.
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