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Ten of Swords

Lord of Ruin


Season: Winter or Spring

Dates: June 11-June 20

Astrological Correspondence: Sun in Gemini



Description and Symbolism:


A man lay dead with ten swords in his back. There is a body of water with mountains near him. The sky is dark, but there is a rising yellow sky pushing through the darkness. Grayish-black clouds loom between the rising sun and the black night sky. The sun rising suggests that no matter how bleak the situation, the sun will always rise giving way to a new day.


The man is wearing an orange vest with a red blanket draped over him. Red and orange are very earthly colors, which also have the shortest wavelength. Both red and orange are associated with lower level chakras, which represent more basic physical needs. There is blood dripping out near his head. Who ever stabbed him to death wanted to make sure he was truly dead because ten swords is a little much.


Interpretation and Divination:


The Ten of Swords translates as annihilation, scorn, back stabbing and the end of a situation. There is nothing left to do. What is, is. This is the final ordeal. You won’t have to deal with this problem again if you face it head on, which you will have to do. This is the end.


But often the querent does not accept this loss and continues to fight it only making the situation worse. There is often lies, deceit and backstabbing. Many times the Ten of Swords can indicate someone who refuses to let go of a situation that needs to die. They continually keep the ordeal going only to get stabbed over and over and over again. They victimize themselves.


There is only one place to go when you are at the bottom and that is up. Try to look at things positively from here. Let go and let the blood drain, the pain go away and move forward with your life.


The Ten of Swords in the back is also overkill and quite dramatic. It can represent over dramatizing a situation and self victimization.


The Ten of Swords can indicate talking about a problem over and over again. You are beating a dead horse.


In rare circumstances, Ten of Swords can mean physical death. Surgeries that go wrong and murder are indicated by the Ten of Swords. It's rare, so please don't freak out.


The Ten of Swords in Love:


The Ten of Swords does not go well with love. If you are already in a relationship then the end is probably near. Be careful because either both or one of you is going to be vindictive about the ending. There maybe some backstabbing.


If you are asking about a potential love interest, the Ten of Swords does not indicate that it will happen. If it does, the love interest may have ulterior motives. Combined with any reversed court card such as the Queen of Swords Reversed or King of Swords Reversed, you should be very, very careful.


Ten of Swords as Feelings:


You maybe feeling stabbed in the back or betrayed.


Ten of Swords as Advice:


There is nothing more you can say about a situation, so don't say anymore. Air is not as comfortable embedded in the number ten. Essentially it's the end of the line for the Ten of Air, so take a deep breath, breathe and start over with new thoughts.


The Ten of Swords in Health:


The Ten of Swords can indicate surgeries, especially back surgeries. It can indicate in vitro fertilization and any type of procedure where you have to go back in for many treatments. Needles are indicated.


The Ten of Swords on a Mundane Level:


The Ten of Swords can mean being "dead" tired. You could possibly sleep 15 hours.


The Ten of Swords Professions:


Chiropractor. Acupuncturist. Surgeon. Grief Counseler. Mortician. Funeral Director. Coroner. Foresnic Investigator. Mortgage Broker. Debit Collector. Loan Shark. Butcher. War Lord. Hitman. Thug.


Ten of Swords Reversed:


The Ten of Swords reversed indicates that you maybe healing from a past hurt. You are ready to heal and even though it will be a long process, it is something that you are willing to undertake. For instance, the querent knows that the relationship is over and is ready to move on. Relief can be found from talking about a problem.


The Ten of Swords Reversed can indicate surgeries. The surgery will go well and the querent is taking steps to heal.


Ten of Swords Card Combinations:


Ten of Swords and Empress:

  • In vitro Fertilization


Ten of Swords and Death:

  • It's over. Really. Stop asking.
  • NO


Ten of Swords and Devil:

  • Unable to let go of a situation or relationship that is dead and over.


  • Tying yourself mentally to a painful situation


Ten of Swords and Sun:

  • Having to beat a dead horse, in order to get clarity.


  • Talking out a situation (to death), in order to understand the situation better.


  • The end of a horrible situation, brings the realization of a new happy day.


  • There's always a silver lining to a tragedy.


  • When you're at rock bottom, there is no where to go but up (that's a good thing!).


Ten of Swords and Page of Wands:

  • A message is delivered to someone who relentlessly tries over and over again, yet the answer is always no.


  • Drama.


Ten of Swords and Five of Wands:

  • It's just not getting any better even when you try


  • Fighting gets tiring.


  • Relentless


Ten of Swords and Seven of Swords:

  • Someone is plotting to take you down. Tread carefully.


Ten of Swords and Six of Cups:

  • Mental disengaging from someone or something from the past


  • The ending of something from the past


Ten of Swords and Nine of Pentacles:

  • Being alone at home with back pain


  • Being exhausted at home. Afternoon naps.


Ten of Swords and Ten of Pentacles:

  • Do not go to the house
  • Do not start a fight




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