Ten of Wands - Tarot Card Meaning

Upright: Duty, Responsibility, Obligation

Reversed: Martyr, Resentment, Heaviness


Upright Meaning

Through persistence, late nights, and hard work, you have achieved your accomplishments. Now that you’ve built your creative baby, this is about maintaining it and allowing it to grow. With this new venture comes a set of new obligations. You may feel burdened by the responsibility and think that you have to do it all on your own. Consider expanding and delegating your tasks so that you are not carrying all the weight on your shoulders. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it! Prioritize what you actually enjoy doing and identify your strengths and weaknesses. Allow others to help you with your other tasks that don’t give you joy and focus on the big picture. By releasing the weight of these burdens, you are prioritizing yourself. You don’t have to do it alone.

Reversed Meaning

Martyrdom has become your kingdom, wielding your duties as displays for guilt, victimization, and helplessness. Taking on responsibilities and inadvertently expecting an exchange for every action you take will constantly leave you disappointed when people do not meet your expectations. This builds unnecessary pressure as you try to maintain your image while also holding onto resentment. Practice giving without expectations of getting something in return. Cleanse yourself of the responsibilities that are weighing you down and detox from people, activities, and items that no longer serve you. Go back to a place of inspiration and joy, so that you are motivated to continue forward with hope for the future. Embrace responsibility as freedom for living life on your terms.

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