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Ten of Swords Tarot Card Meaning

Written and illustrated by Grace Duong

The traditional Rider Waite depiction of the Ten of Swords card features a scene of dramatic and final defeat. The card often shows a figure lying face down with ten swords plunged into their back. The person appears lifeless, and a desolate landscape is in the background. The sky is typically dark and stormy, emphasizing the dramatic nature of the scene. The Ten of Swords is one of the most visually intense cards in the Tarot, symbolizing a situation that has reached its lowest point. The Ten of Swords is associated with themes of betrayal, crisis, and a sense of rock bottom. It signifies the end of a difficult situation or a painful chapter, often involving a period of intense struggle or conflict.

In the Mystic Monday’s Tarot deck, the Ten of Swords card is depicted as a woman face down on the ground with ten swords stabbed on her backside. Her hair blends and also looks like a pool of blood. In the background there is a red pink sky. She is lying on the cold dark blue ground. This indicates the end of a difficult chapter.

Ten of Swords Numerology

Ten symbolizes that a cycle is ending, renewal, and coming full circle. When you pull a card associated with the number 10, it means that you are ready to start a new chapter in your life. After going through the complete cycle from 1 to 10, you have gone through significant changes, growth, and have attained many new skills along the way. Numerology 10 breaks down into the number 1 and carries the same energetics of new beginnings, potential, and opportunities.

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TEN OF SWORDS

✨ Upright Keywords:
Betrayal, Fatality, Backstabbed

✨ Reversed Keywords:
Victimhood, Restoration, Transformation

🌬️ Element: Air

#️⃣ Numerology: 10

General Ten of Swords Card 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.

Ten of Swords Upright Meaning in Career

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Ten of Swords Upright Meaning in Finances

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Ten of Swords Upright Meaning in Love

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General Ten of Swords 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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