Ten of Swords - Tarot Card Meaning

Upright: Betrayal, Fatality, Backstabbed

Reversed: Victimhood, Restoration, Transformation


Upright Meaning

Stabbed in the back without any warning, leaving you feeling betrayed by those you trust. Do you fight back or let it go? This unexpected setback feels like failure on all levels, and you’re looking for someone to take the blame, even if that means yourself. Sacrificing your needs can inadvertently allow people to take advantage of you. This is a low blow to your self-esteem and it will take time to get back up again. Be careful of playing the victim and throwing a pity party to get attention. Losses often feel like failures, but try to look at this as a painful transition to beginning anew. Bad news is usually hard to swallow, but you cannot grow without change, even if it’s terrible. Times are difficult, but you can only go up from here! With the rise of the sun, the dawn is bringing a new day.

Reversed Meaning

Dramatic events have led you to strongly reevaluate all areas of your life. You’re letting go of what does not serve you anymore, purging all the excess baggage so that you can begin a new cycle, wise from your life experiences. Old beliefs no longer resonate with you, and you are shifting your perspective. Avoiding change to avoid pain just prolongs the inevitable. Personal transformation requires that you let go of something old so that you can make room for something new. Constant thought chatter about worst-case scenarios has you worrying about the future, paralyzing you from living in the present. Take inventory of thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes and clearly label the ones you want to keep and the ones you want to throw away. Allow your awareness to help you grow from your experiences.

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